Allow me to take a second to describe the scene of Christy and I walking into our freshly sealed and insulated house after turning on the radiant floors for the first time and heating up the slab overnight:
It's the morning after the coldest night of the year. Our muddy boots are lying in a pile by the front door. The ambient temperature is a comfortable 60-something-degrees. We have turned the stereo on and up and are both dancing around in our socks, stopping periodically to strip off layer after layer of clothing and hug each other. I tell Christy that as much as I enjoyed our wedding, this may be the happiest I've ever been. Christy searches through her phone looking for someone to tell who will understand how exciting this is. The sun in shining and I'm sure birds are chirping. For the first time since fall, our feet are warm.
So yes, radiant floor heating is about the greatest invention since, oh I don't know, dancing. The entire house feels evenly heated. No cold spots or hot spots, and no 10 degree temperature difference between upstairs and down that we get from the wood stove. Of course, the floors are intended as a secondary form of heat, since the system runs on expensive electricity. We've run wiring for a ceiling fan to mitigate that temperature discrepancy, and we're in no way soured on wood stoves. It's just that after two years of living in a yurt, a warm floor and insulated walls, a warm house that we didn't have to start a fire for... it's all pretty magical.
What a great time to start tackling the ceiling.
Not being able to resist, we dragged the spare mattress from our airstream into the house and created a little nest for ourselves in one of the closets to sleep in for a night. It proved to be so cozy that we're now thinking of using the "closet" as a bed nook. An area designated just for sleeping, with no clothes, computer, clutter or distractions. A nest in the rafters. The "bedroom" would then become an open, upstairs living room, with some creative clothing storage somewhere. It's not certain yet, but I'm really getting into the idea.
Tell us your thoughts on the bed nook! Claustrophobic? Dark? Feel too much like an art student's studio apartment? Or is it cozy, enveloping and secluded? Sexy, even? I'm sure Christy will consult Pinterest on bed nook ideas, and I'm going to remind myself what A Pattern Language has to say on the subject. It will be interesting to see how this idea progresses.
Maybe we're just so excited to be working inside that we can't help wanting to move into this first finished corner!