Innovative new way to lay underfloor heating trialed
A British architect has come up with a novel way of finishing off a heated floor, which he used in his design studio´s latest York townhouse project.
Ben Allen is an experienced architect who trained and qualified at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Over the years, he has worked on a wide range of projects, including the award-winning Icelandic National Concert Hall, Reykjavik. He also played an important role in creating the Rainbow Panorama at the Aros Museum, Aarhus. This huge immersive work of architectural art attracts thousands of visitors each year.
However, this accomplished architect has started working in residential settings again, and recently worked on the design of a mid-terraced home in York.
Among the many innovative innovations he, and his colleagues from Studio Ben Allen came up with for the project was the way the water underfloor heating was installed. He explained to the Yorkshire Post that the approach that was taken to provide the client with a beautiful looking heated floor that was considerably cheaper than normal, saying:
“We decided to experiment with leaving the screed on top of the underfloor heating exposed. We upgraded to a cement-based screed, which is not as hard as a proper concrete floor but is harder than standard screeds.”
It was then sprayed with a self-leveling wax agent, followed by a sealant. After a bit of extra work, this produced a polished concrete-style floor, but at a far lower price point.
He notes that the clients were really happy with their new extension, in particular the way it looked.