Pinnacle’s 2021 Guide to Kitchen Renovation

Pinnacle’s 2021 Guide to Kitchen Renovation

Many clients come to us for inspiration with their kitchen renovation, in hopes of achieving their dream kitchen. The cliché that kitchens are the heart of our homes stands true – and with modern materials, a massive range of layouts and exciting ways to transform your dining space, we’ve got lots of ideas to share.

In this article, our kitchen experts run through the leading trends for 2021 kitchen design to shed light on the options out there. We’ll also showcase how sometimes, just a tiny tweak in your property can make a substantial difference to the way you use your kitchen space.

Ready, steady, let’s cook!

Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

First, let’s clarify that there are many kitchen design options out there that fit a range of budgets. It’s easy to assume a beautiful kitchen space is out of reach, and yes, a bespoke granite worktop, hardwood flooring and marble fixtures can be expensive. Still, our kitchen design teams work with suppliers across the pricing spectrum.

Contemporary appliances offer such a breadth of functionality. You could opt for:

  • Freestanding or fully fitted cookers and washers.
  • Steel, chrome, plastic, wood – materials selected for price, quality, eco-friendliness, durability, texture, aesthetic and finish.
  • Smart appliances, energy-saving devices and remote lighting management.

If you would like to update your kitchen or elevate the design, it’s absolutely possible to do so without breaking the budget.

Easy Ways to Expand Your Kitchen Space

One of the most popular ways to enhance your kitchen is to look at the layout.

Period properties often have small, dark galley kitchens to the rear of the home, which aren’t comfortable spaces to work in, and aren’t conducive to socialising and eating together. Again, there are many opportunities to transform your kitchen and make the space feel fresh, bright and airy.

Here are some ideas to think about:

  • Removing Walls: separate kitchens and dining rooms are a prime example – knock through an internal wall, and create an ample, free-flowing, open plan space that will add value to family time and quality dinners.
  • Kitchen Islands: a brilliant way to create an additional workspace and stylish addition to a modern kitchen (under counter wine fridges work brilliantly). However, you need to have plenty of space around each side, so this option is best for larger spaces.
  • Breakfast Bars: an alternative to an island, a breakfast bar adds a dining space even to a smaller kitchen, constructed in an L-shape. Kids can tuck into their breakfast while you prepare their lunch boxes, and you’ve got plenty of extra surface area too.
  • Kitchen Lighting: we’ve mentioned the tendency to overlook lighting, and if you’re cooking in a darker room, you can make a considerable difference with a skylight or roof lantern. Optimising natural light makes the whole room feel much more inviting.

Remember – you don’t need to have a huge kitchen to make it feel generous. You can use design tricks such as lighter colours to lift dark spaces, replace tired cabinets with fresh materials, or swap solid back doors for a great glass fixture or sliding door.

Dining al fresco is all the rage, and fitting a Bifold door, for example, instantly makes a kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

Using an Extension to Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you’re considering a complete kitchen renovation, it’s worth thinking about a rear extension.

This type of project is one of the most frequently requested, and the Pinnacle Works team has some incredible projects in our portfolio that show how dramatic an impact you can achieve. Kitchen extensions offer flexibility and the choice to tailor your design, colours and materials to the style you’re after.

Think sustainable fitted floors connecting with outdoor decking, fully opening sliding doors to flood your kitchen with fresh air, and low-hanging spotlights to make cooking a breeze even in the depths of winter.

A kitchen extension offers:

  • Scope to significantly increase the size of your kitchen – the only limitation is how much outdoor room you have to build on.
  • Linking the garden with your home makes it feel more spacious and provides a great way to join outdoor dining areas.
  • Variable glazing and lighting – from skylights, large-pane windows, LEDs, under-counter lights, automatic motion sensors and mood lighting for romantic meals.

The choice is yours, whether to use the extension to add to the existing kitchen or whether you’d like a brand new space and renovate the old room into something different.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Kitchen Renovation?

Don’t let planning permission rules put you off – our teams are always on hand to advise and help you navigate the process! Generally, if you’re redesigning your kitchen, knocking down an internal wall, or renovating a pre-existing space, you won’t need approval.

Kitchen extensions can need permission, but many fall under the Permitted Development rules. That means you don’t need local authority approval and can get your ideal kitchen project underway.

Permitted Development rules, in brief, state that you won’t need permission if:

  • The extension isn’t on the front of the house by the road and is up to one storey tall (maximum of four metres in height).
  • It isn’t over three metres tall if within two metres of the boundary.
  • Your extension shouldn’t take up over 50% of your garden or outdoor space.
  • It cannot feature a balcony or veranda and mustn’t be any taller than the house.

There are some exceptions – primarily listed buildings – but Pinnacle Works recommends kitchen design options that fall under Permitted Development if you’re keen to avoid the extra time and cost of a planning permission application.

In summary, there are so many options to breathe new life into your kitchen space. From a simple cabinet upgrade to a total refit or a new extension construction, there is an option for every size kitchen, every style property, and every homeowner budget.

To explore more inspiration for your kitchen upgrade, get in touch with Pinnacle Works, and our experienced team will be happy to share ideas!

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of a Garage Conversion – Growing Families, Growing Homes!

The Benefits of a Garage Conversion – Growing Families, Growing Homes!

Millions of UK garages across the country become idle spaces. Perhaps they’re a storage shed for those bikes the kids have long grown out of or are collecting old furniture year by year?

There are many reasons why garages don’t tend to be used for cars, with the primary cause being that traditional building plans simply aren’t large enough for modern vehicles! Pinnacle Works offers complete garage conversion services, from helping to design the perfect space for your family to creating contemporary conversions that enhance your home life.

Let’s explore the potential of a garage conversion a little further to give you some inspiration for transforming that dusty cave into something unique and really useful!

Why Invest in a Garage Conversion?

First, let’s think about the usability of that space; it’s a broad scope of opportunity. As we’ve mentioned, most garages aren’t used for parking. Cars are bigger, garages haven’t grown, and they’re often a pain to get in and out of when you’ve got a handy parking space right outside your door.

Converting a garage gives you thousands of options for using that space more effectively, and there are no limits on what you might do with it!

Some of our recent garage conversions have included:

  • Creating home office spaces, gyms and playrooms.
  • Expanding interior rooms such as kitchens or living areas.
  • Developing an annexe for a family member to move into.
  • Adapting disability-friendly spaces with more room to manoeuvre.

These are only the tip of the iceberg, and given that the garage is separate from your main property, you can knock through to create internal access, remove the wall entirely, or keep it as a standalone asset.

Five Benefits of Converting a Garage

Garage conversions offer some attractive benefits, and they’re not all about having flexibility in how you change your home.

1.     Separation from the Main Property

Think about a quiet snug for relaxing, a home gym where you can make as much noise as you like, a private office space, or a music rehearsal studio where you won’t need to keep an eye on the volume dial.

2.     Potential for Changes of Use

Teenagers like privacy and little ones tend to gather no end of toys! Using a garage as a dedicated children’s space keeps the clutter at bay and frees up ‘adult’ living rooms, allowing your home to feel more peaceful.

Change your mind? The framework of the garage conversion is there, so you can redecorate and use that space however you wish in the future.

3.     Adding Value to Your Home

Undoubtedly, in central city areas where parking is at a premium, a garage can be a great asset. However, the vast majority of homes don’t need this room, so converting the garage is an excellent way to maximise living space.

Buyers will happily pay more for any home with an additional room compared to neighbouring property listings, and having a professional garage conversion can be a major selling point.

A garage conversion can add as much as 10% to the value of a home. Given the relatively low cost of the work – since the core structure is already there – it’s a high return on investment compared to any other home improvement projects.

4.     Making Your Workshop Work Harder

Perhaps you’d love your own workshop or to keep your garage as a functional area for storage but without the unused floor space.

There are two options here – a total conversion, where you reconfigure the whole space or a partial conversion where you keep some areas as a storage space or workshop, with the rest used for other purposes.

Optimising garage space can completely change how you use it. That might mean adding insulation, more windows, installing heating and proper lighting so you can work any time of the day or night.

Storage racking, robust flooring and user-friendly access points make a garage workshop far easier to use and a better place to work.

5.     Increasing the Garage Size

Another option is to look at optimising the space available. For example, some of our clients want to use that extra capacity to extend outwards, making a small living room or stuffy kitchen far more generous.

Garages tend to be boxy shapes, which means they are relatively easy to convert and can make a significant difference in the flow of air and light around your home.

Planning Permission and Building Regulations for Garage Conversions

Now, planning permission can make even the most enterprising home improvement fan reluctant. Still, there are several solutions to streamline the process and ensure you can convert your garage any way you’d like!

Here are some of the options:

  • Keeping the external aesthetics as they are. That means you leave the garage doors in position but block up the entrance internally to remodel the interior. That option means you won’t usually need any planning and can proceed through Permitted Development rights.
  • Using Pinnacle Works for your garage conversion means our team of experts are on hand to provide support and ensure the building regulations approval process is managed seamlessly.
  • Opt for a total property makeover with our help to ensure you have accurate drawings, specifications and costings to pass through the planning permission system without a hitch.

A great factor in a garage conversion is that it’s minimally intrusive, so you won’t need to worry about dust, debris and muddy boots – not that we’d ever leave a home in anything but pristine condition!

Garage conversion projects can proceed even when you’re at home, and the Pinnacle Works team consult every client about the best scheduling for noisier tasks such as knocking through a wall or creating a new door space.

Note that converting the garage won’t impact your council tax and is tailored to your style preferences and aspirations.

Turning a tired old garage into a sparkling new home gym or dedicated office can make a substantial difference to space and make your home a better, more comfortable place to be. For more information about garage conversions or to discuss your ideas, please get in touch with the team at Pinnacle Works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revamp Your Lifestyle Without Moving House – Redesign Your Home Interior

Revamp Your Lifestyle Without Moving House – Redesign Your Home Interior

Walking into a fresh, perfectly laid out space or a room that makes you instantly feel at home and relaxed is always the ideal. Pinnacle Works provides a wide range of services to our clients that can transform the atmosphere, usage and design of any home interior – making your property bespoke to your lifestyle without needing to pack a single bag.

The challenge for so many homeowners is that it can be difficult to see beyond your existing interior and imagine what you could achieve with creative craftsmanship, contemporary materials, and a little reconfiguration.

Here we’ll run through some of the concepts we have worked on with our clients that have made a profound change to how their home flows, the amount of functional space on offer, and as a compelling way to remain in the property you love, making it work for you.

Open Plan Property Reconfigurations

One of the most sought-after home reconfigurations is to create a light, airy, open plan living space. This aspiration is extremely popular in family homes and properties where it is essential to maximise natural light and ensure there is sufficient space and storage for busy families.

Many period homes and traditional properties contain multiple separated living spaces. For example, a ground floor layout might be split into a utility space, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, hallway and lounge. While separated living can work for some homeowners, it can have several downsides:

  • Smaller rooms can be dark, cramped, and rarely used.
  • Family members in different parts of the property become isolated.
  • It is less sociable, with designated spaces often not large enough for entertaining.
  • There is reduced capacity for larger pieces of furniture due to narrow doorways and wall space.

One of the reasons for this separated living style is that older homes didn’t benefit from the building materials and resources now available. For example, a closed off living room might have been cosier and less draughty and retain heat from a fireplace without it spreading throughout unoccupied spaces.

However, today’s homeowners have a vast array of options, from underfloor heating to triple glazed windows, panoramic Bi-fold doors and recessed lighting solutions, rendering those practicalities far less of a factor than having a light, spacious and appealing home.

Redesigning Your Home Interior

The kitchen is always a focal point in a home where meals are cooked, and people gather to talk about their day. Hence, it is no surprise that we often manage projects focusing on expanding this space and incorporating a generous kitchen/diner into what was a boxy, stuffy room.

Converting a kitchen can be a relatively simple job, with maximum impact on how you use your property. Some clients opt to retain their existing appliances and cabinets with a floor layout change to ensure the room feels wide open and attractive.

For example:

  • Separate kitchens can quickly become hot, steamy and damp without enough space for the heat caused by cooking to disperse – whereas reconfiguring this can revamp it into an entertaining area, with large windows, vents and plenty of light.
  • Galley kitchens can be tiny, with sufficient space for only one person at a time. Kitchen diners are more social and allow the person cooking to converse and chat with others in the dining space, or perhaps for them to lend a hand!

If you’re considering reconfiguring your ground floor to allow for an impressive kitchen/diner, it’s unlikely you’re keen to move. However, a fresh new kitchen can add around 10% to the value of your property. Large, open-plan kitchens are also one of the most desirable qualities on a buyer’s wish list.

Removing Redundant Walls

The next redesign project we work on regularly is in knocking down unnecessary walls. The amount of space you can gain by opening up an interior is astonishing.

Remember that a wall inside your property isn’t just a layer of bricks but includes plaster, insulation, and fittings. We often hear that clients are amazed by the change in space and how much valuable capacity a simple wall had taken up.

There are two scenarios here, depending on whether the walls you’d like to remove are load bearing or not. Non-structural walls can be knocked through quickly, with work required to make good the walls and flooring where the previous structure had been. This might be to:

  • Create a larger bathroom.
  • Open up a conservatory or sunroom to extend your living space.
  • Convert two small bedrooms into one generous room.
  • Knock through an unused box room to make it more usable.

Load-bearing walls (or support walls) are more complex but can still be removed if you want to increase the space, light and airflow in your property. This type of wall is part of the property’s structure and holds the weight above it through the foundations.

Even if you have a sizeable load-bearing wall running smack bang through the middle of your property, this can be removed and reinforcement built in to ensure the weight of the floor or roof above remains correctly supported. This usually involves creating a temporary support wall for the removal project and fitting a structural beam to carry the load. We can also add structural steelwork frames connected through robust bolting systems to ensure the new, more expansive space is structurally sound.

Note that it is essential to use a professional contractor to remove any structural walls. If they are removed incorrectly or the weight is not correctly supported, it can lead to disastrous consequences, including collapsed ceilings.

We regularly work on these types of reconfigurations and can provide professional advice about the best solutions to suit your property and intended use of your new open-plan space.

Architectural Property Redesign

We love the opportunity to work on exciting and innovative home reconfigurations – and to see the potential of properties with outdated layouts or tired interiors take on a whole new life.

We have specific architectural and structural steelwork experience, which is a fundamental component of any successful redesign where integral parts of the structure need to be changed, moved or removed. Led by our Director, Dave, who has 18 years of professional architectural steelwork expertise, the Pinnacle team has the know-how to advise on a wide range of property redesign projects, including help with reimagining your internal space and the range of layouts available within your property.

Please contact the Pinnacle Works team for more assistance with your home improvement project, whether you need initial design inspiration or are keen to get to work!

 

 

 

 

 

Designing the Ultimate Garden Fire Pit

Designing the Ultimate Garden Fire Pit

A garden fire pit is a stylish, chic and popular way to make the most of your outside spaces.

Our team receives frequent enquiries about constructing bespoke garden fire pits – and as the weather warms and we all appreciate the benefits of spending more time outdoors, that’s only going to increase! Your fire pit style depends very much on the shape, size and aesthetic of your landscaping and what garden inspiration you want to bring to your home.

Here, we’ll run through some of the many benefits of garden fire pits to revitalise your outdoors and how you can adapt your entertaining areas to your own unique tastes.

What are the Benefits of Having a Garden Fire Pit?

There’s little more romantic and relaxing than having a softly cracking fire, warming your toes (and perhaps your marshmallows) as you chill out with friends, enjoy dinner with family, or catch up with your nearest and dearest.

While fires have always been an autumnal tradition, garden fire pits bring this instant ambience into year-round use.

  • A garden fire pit can be purely decorative or used for cooking and toasting.
  • Year-round use means you can have a cosy garden seating area, whatever the weather.
  • Fire pits provide gentle light, mood and atmosphere perfect for entertaining.
  • Being usable throughout the summer extends your garden space into the night.
  • Garden fire pits are safe, with flames properly contained and limited to your drum and fuel source. You can also add fire guards and covers if there are young children around.

Fire pits can be as straightforward or as intricate as you like – speak to us about your garden inspiration, and we’ll be delighted to share some design ideas with you. There are thousands of garden design styles to choose between, from slick, contemporary sunken seating areas to snuggly warm dens, functional outdoor kitchen spaces to casual family relaxation pods.

Another benefit is that having a fitted garden fire pit in your property can add value to your home! That depends on what fuel source you use, how well the fire pit has been maintained, and whether it’s a permanent installation or occasionally used in a seating area or deck.

Are Fire Pits Expensive to Maintain?

Garden fire pits are multifunctional, used for warmth, cooking, as a design statement, or entertainment. You can burn a wide range of fuels on your fire pit, and if installed correctly with stable foundations, they require little maintenance apart from periodic cleaning.

Examples of suitable fuel sources include:

  • Charcoal
  • Kiln-dried logs
  • Almost any dried wood – birch, oak, alder and ash are popular.
  • Smokeless fuels
  • Wood briquettes

Choosing an aromatic kiln-dried wood is a great way to bring a pleasant scent to the evening air and add to the atmosphere.

Maintenance is simple – you should remove ash and any debris from the garden fire pit, clean with a non-toxic solution, and rinse. Most fire pits only need a general clean from time to time and a deep clean every six months or so. It’s essential to allow your fire pit time to dry after it has been cleaned to ensure it will burn just as brightly next time you want to use it.

Most garden fire pits will burn for anything from three to six hours, depending on how regularly you top up the fuel source. They can be lined with sand to ensure the heat distributes evenly, and cleaning is a little easier.

With so many diverse styles available, Pinnacle can also fit bespoke seating areas, raised or sunken, around a standalone fire pit of your choice. Some homeowners prefer an option with a removable drum for easy storage when not in use.

Why are Garden Fire Pits so Popular?

There’s little doubt that what was once an unusual quirk is now something that millions of homeowners wish to install in their gardens – and the trend for fire pits has taken off significantly in the last few years. Many of the reasons relate to personal taste and how we value our gardens and want to maximise the fresh air and natural light we experience daily.

Particularly over the last year, when so many of us were confined to our homes, we have a newfound appreciation for how much our outdoor spaces bring to our lives. It is essential to ensure your property is somewhere you can relax, spend quality time, and enjoy the best that British summertime has to offer.

Garden design is also completely adaptable, and so you can create any seating area, decking, patio or landscaping that captures the personality of your home and family. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Using sunken rendered walls to create a sleek feel, with curved edges and a smooth finish to deliver a dedicated seating area for dining with guests.
  • Tiling your garden fire pit area, whether a bright pop of colour to inject energy or a subtle pattern, to blend in seamlessly with your garden design.
  • Creating shape with elongated fire pit designs, complementing your garden’s layout and bringing unused areas back into value.
  • Making your fire pit a focal and social hub of your garden, by building outwards from the seating area.

There are also multiple material options, ranging from modern concrete block to Mediterranean inspired designs, robust brickwork to traditional stone.

Whatever your garden inspiration might be and how you use your outside spaces, a garden fire pit can bring a new dimension to your property and expand your use of the outdoors. From warming winter evenings to relaxing summer nights, family dinner times to barbecue parties, fire pits bring a touch of luxury living that offers real benefits to our wellbeing.

For more information about garden design inspiration or to view previous garden fire pit installation projects, get in touch with the Pinnacle Works team to begin your garden transformation – just in time for summer!

Customise Your Own Home Bar – Indoors or Out!

Customise Your Own Home Bar – Indoors or Out!

Over the last year, we’ve all spent a lot more time at home than usual. Among all the challenges, it’s also been an opportunity to make the most of the sanctuaries that we call our homes. The Pinnacle Works carpentry teams have been hard at work creating bespoke timber creations for properties across West Sussex. Our number one requested design? Home bars!

Here we’ll run through some of our favourite ideas, and inspirations for unique home bars that bring a sense of fun and family to any property.

For help with bringing your imagination to life, or designing a bar that reflects the style and decor of your house or apartment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

A Social Summer Is Coming!

As the weather slowly warms, and the first green shoots of spring appear, the promise of a glorious summer is on the horizon.

Nobody yet knows quite what that will look like this year; but with hopes of pandemic restrictions lifting, we’re all anticipating social occasions, warm hugs and laid back BBQ days enjoying the sunshine, friends and family. Garden projects have increased by almost 50% during the pandemic!

Now is a great time to think about new planting, and restoring joy to your outdoor spaces after a long, cold winter. Along with cleaning off the grill, dusting off the paddling pool and getting the lawn back into great shape, installing a high quality, timber bar will transform your home into an entertainment venue like no other.

  • Outdoor home bars can be as large or small as you like, with tailored designs to fit neatly into any unused corners of your outdoor space and give it fresh purpose.
  • Customised finishes mean that, if you can visualise it, we can create it!
  • High-quality carpentry creates home bars to withstand the elements.
  • Bring an injection of colour, style and energy to empty patios – think twinkling lights, Hawaiian leis, or slick, pared-back contemporary city styling.

Staying in is the new going out; and whether you’re thinking of colour blocks and martini glasses or an all-out summertime fiesta, the skilled Pinnacle Works carpentry team can build it.

Lighting Solutions for Outdoor Home Bars

When you’ve got an idea about your bar’s theme and position, the next consideration is lighting. We have a range of suggestions from previous designs!

There are limitless options, and it’s well worth looking at other home bars since well-placed lighting can add ambience, fun, mood and atmosphere – and mean you’ll be out enjoying the fresh air long after the sun has set.

  • Fairy lights are a traditional outdoor bar lighting option, with a calming effect and multiple battery-operated options.
  • Wired light bulbs bring a sense of cool loft lighting, and can be bright and welcoming or dimmed and relaxing depending on your event.
  • Outdoor LED lights are an excellent solution for eco-friendliness and require very little installation time or running costs.
  • Hardwired lighting is available through the Pinnacle team, creating a long-term outdoor lighting solution suitable for year-round use.

Indoor Home Bar Designs

Of course, your entertaining doesn’t have to be reserved for the garden; and we’re all well aware that the British summer doesn’t make a lot of guarantees regarding the weather…

Through our established team of joiners and carpenters, Pinnacle can design home bars for kitchen and living areas as well as the outdoors. There are lots of great benefits to opting for a home bar design:

  • Space-saving entertainment area, which can slot into even tiny places.
  • Make the most of the footprint of your home by utilising every corner.
  • A cost-effective option, and suitable for kitchens, living rooms, conservatories and outdoor spaces.
  • Bespoke designs create a bar that aligns with the decor and theme of your home.

Our recommendations for the highest quality materials, finishes and construction methods are always adapted to the type of bar you would like, and where in your home this is to be fitted.

Bringing the Outside In

When you think of a home bar, it’s essential to understand that this doesn’t have to be a typical open top, rectangular construction.

Timber is a versatile, natural material with few limitations!

  • Covered bars can be used year-round as a dynamic outdoor space.
  • Weatherproof roofing protects your bar area whatever the weather.
  • Adding fire pits, seating areas, grills or an outdoor kitchen makes an outdoor bar so much more than an occasional entertaining space!
  • You can use trellises to encourage climbers to grow, blending your outdoor bar in with your landscaping.

We have created timber outdoor home bars with multiple functionalities; from outdoor games spaces for kids to relaxing lounge areas to sit down with a good book and enjoy the fresh air.

Canopies and roofs are an excellent idea if you’re looking for a cost-effective home bar that will add value to your quality of living, and allow you to spend time outside, even in the rain. Adding quality lighting, soft furnishings and perhaps even an outdoor music system truly creates a new living space – that can increase your garden’s usability and improve the saleable value of your property.

Outdoor Home Bar Design

There are all sorts of ways to adapt your outdoor home bar to your home:

  • Bars on wheels are a convenient storage option and can be easily packed away in the shed or garage when not in use.
  • Plant stands on bars add shelving for all of your barware and provide plenty of room to decorate your bar with some greenery to tie in with your garden.
  • Buffet stands or tiled bars are long-wearing and perfect for entertaining.
  • Using blackboards or blackboard paint is an excellent way of creating a unique bar menu for special occasions or themed family evenings.
  • Building a bar into a deck area can transform its uses, and be a fantastic spot for summer evening dinners.

If you’re considering an outdoor home bar, aren’t sure of the design options to fit into your space, or need some style inspiration to capture the right mood, get in touch with the Pinnacle Works team for everything from design tips to construction solutions.

Let’s make it a summer to remember!

Underfloor Heating – Warming Your Home From The Ground Up

Underfloor Heating – Warming Your Home From The Ground Up

Let’s talk about underfloor heating. It’s not just a luxurious way to keep your toes cosy in the depths of winter but is economical, energy-efficient and a lot simpler to install than many of us think

There are so many reasons to opt for underfloor heating, and this form of home warmth isn’t reserved for contemporary new builds on Grand Designs – but is, in fact, one of the oldest ways of keeping a building comfortable! Originating in Roman times, heating under hard stone floors was created by harnessing basement fireplaces’ warmth, with chimneys running underneath the rooms.

Technology has come a tremendous way since the appeal of replacing clunky radiators with streamlined underfloor heating – so let’s explore how this type of home heating system works, and why it is a fantastic investment for your property.

What is Underfloor Heating & How Does it Work?

Of course, we all know that underfloor heating means running pipework underneath your floors, to keep your rooms deliciously warm underfoot.

But the practicalities are that the Pinnacle Works team fits piping or cables underneath any flooring surface, which usually draws on your same boiler, but distributes the heat differently. This technology puts less strain on your boiler than typical radiators, with a lower control temperature required to keep your rooms at a comfortable heat (around a 25 °C reduction in heat output!).

There are two primary ways of installing underfloor heating. The right option will depend on whether you are building an extension and creating a newly poured floor, or looking at a renovation project to upgrade your home.

  • Wet or hydraulic underfloor heating uses the same system as a radiator, with water heated by a boiler or eco-friendly heat pump. The pipes are laid with a screed to keep them in place, and concealed underneath your floor.
  • Electric underfloor heating is another option, often lower cost and faster to install in existing properties. It uses electricity to power the heated matting, containing the wires and cables. The downside is that the running costs tend to be slightly higher since an electrical system relies on your mains power supply, rather than water heated by your boiler.

If you’re considering underfloor heating for your building, feel free to get in touch for a chat about the best heating system for your home, style of property, and budget.

A lot depends on whether you’d like to heat specific rooms or floors, or the whole of your property – so give us a call, and we’ll run through the pros and cons!

What are the Benefits of Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating is a compelling option for many reasons:

  • Reliability

Radiant heat technology warms your home gently, without sudden fluctuations in heat output from radiators. Warming a house from the ground up means that you don’t have pockets of cold or hot air and maintain consistent temperatures.

  • Energy-Efficiency

Heating your property from under the floor is more energy-efficient, requiring less energy than multiple radiators. You don’t need a new boiler and can reduce energy costs by around 15% on average since underfloor heating runs at substantially lower temperatures.

  • Flexibility

Contrary to common misconceptions, underfloor heating isn’t just something available for new construction projects or extensions – our professional teams can install it retrospectively in properties of any type. You can fit either hydraulic or electrical underfloor heating under any surface – from laminate to carpets, tiles to stone, and traditional wooden floorboards.

  • Space Saving

If there is one key benefit to underfloor heating in addition to saving money on energy bills – it is being able to remove unattractive radiators from your walls, and make the most of the space on offer in your home! Heating cables are hidden perfectly beneath the floor, and take up zero room in your living spaces.

  • Safety

Particularly for parents with young children or busy households, leaving heating appliances unsupervised can be worrisome. Having your building’s heating cleverly concealed means there is no risk that small hands or inquisitive noses will come anywhere near to hot metal or sharp edges!m

  • Cleaner Air

Another lesser-known fact about underfloor heating is that it improves air quality. Radiant heat produces better Oxygen qualities and avoids the dust circulation caused by radiators, created by thermal currents of air rising to your ceilings and down again to the floor in a revolving cycle.

  • Easy to Fit

The Pinnacle Works heating team often installs underfloor heating in existing properties. We can usually complete an installation in just a few days whether you opt for electrical matting or a pumped water system. Electrical matting can be quickly fitted and tiled or carpeted over without any extensive construction work or disruption.

  • Seamless to Use

While we’ve all had a problem with radiator leaks, uneven temperature distribution or trapped air pockets, you have none of these issues with underfloor heating. Our systems require minimal maintenance once installed, and electrical systems don’t need much servicing to keep them in tip-top condition.

As you can see, there are multiple reasons that so many homeowners decide to opt for underfloor heating – and it’s flexible enough to be used in just one room as part of an extension project, or to be fitted through entire properties as a renovation!

The beauty of this heating system isn’t just in the cost-efficiencies, ease of running or safety. It’s that you never need to spend time changing radiator settings and that our dedicated thermostatic controls mean you can choose from automatic programming or schedules, so your home is always heated just as you like it.

Are There any Downsides to Underfloor Heating?

As with any design choice, it’s always worth thinking about the pitfalls – but it’s safe to say these are few and far between.

Initially, underfloor heating does, of course, incur a cost to supply and fit the heating system. However, the energy savings accumulate quickly, and an advanced quality system will pay for itself in a short space of time by reducing your heating bills. Another factor is that a heating system under your floors can increase your flooring height and, therefore, decrease the total volume of space in your home.

That said, low-profile hydraulic underfloor heating usually adds a minimal height of under 20 mm. An electrical underfloor heat pad can be as slimline as 3 mm – which is far outweighed by the space saved by being able to remove any pre-existing radiators from your walls!

If you’re interested in an underfloor heating system for your construction project and would like to have a chat about costs or installation times – or check out some of our previous work – do get in touch or visit our portfolio online! The Pinnacle Works team has years of experience in fitting every type of home heating system, so we’re always on hand to provide advice and guidance so you can make an informed choice about the safest and lowest-cost way to heat your home perfectly.