1930s bungalow renovation with solid floor underfloor heating

This 1930s bungalow was extended into a seven bedroom, three storey home in the 1980s, and renovated again in 1998.

Sylvia Foreman lives in a seven bedroom detached house in Herne Bay, Kent, with her husband Philip and his father. The Foreman’s house was originally built as a bungalow in the 1930s but was extended in the 1980s into a seven bedroom, three storey home. Sylvia and Philip moved in during 1998 and reconfigured the house just a few years later to in order to accommodate Philip’s mother and father. As changes were being made to the house, the couple decided this would be an ideal time to upgrade their home’s heating system.

Sylvia confesses to having never liked the ‘unsightly’ radiators in her home, so when David McMillan from Solar Fusion suggested she used underfloor heating from the Polypipe range instead of radiators, Sylvia saw this as the perfect opportunity to create a more minimalistic look for her home, with cleaner lines.

As lightweight carpet was to be placed over the top, Solar Fusion laid four circuits of Overlay™ Lite from the Polypipe range in the Foreman’s 360sq ft living room while heavier 18mm Overlay™ boards were fitted and then covered with stone tiles in her hallway.

Polypipe Underfloor Heating is flexible enough to install in an entire home, one room, or part of a room- regardless of the existing floor covering and stage of development — and the Foreman’s plan to install a further three circuits in the kitchen and dining areas in the future.

The existing radiators continue to be used on the second and third floors of the house and these are heated by a new energy efficient boiler, which also provides the hot water for the underfloor heating systems. New solar panels on the roof of the house heat the family’s domestic hot water.

During the planning process, Sylvia did consider electric underfloor heating but decided it would be too expensive. It was a decision she was glad she made when two different friends with electric underfloor heating told her they were reluctant to switch theirs on as it was proving costly.

“We made the right decision to have Polypipe Underfloor Heating fitted, as this is powered by hot water and therefore more cost-effective. It would have been pointless investing in a heating system that we were too scared use for fear of large fuel bills. As it’s worked out our bills have reduced as we tend not to use our upstairs radiators now because the heat from the ground floor transfers upstairs through our big gallery hallway.”

Alongside the underfloor heating, we also invested in solar panels and a new boiler. We want our home to be as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible, but you can only do so much — cost effectively — with a house that has already been built. However, we do feel we’ve put energy efficiency measures in place that are financially viable.

Sylvia Foreman

1930s bungalow renovation


Philip & Sylvia Foreman