Farmhouse renovation with solid floor underfloor heating

This late 1960s farmhouse has been in the family since it was built.

Linda Groome and her husband Bill, live in a farmhouse in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The late 1960s farmhouse was built by Bill's father, and the Groomes moved into the property eight years ago. They decided that they wanted to completely renovate the property as the old style and decor of the farmhouse was not to their taste nor did it fit the idea of the modern home that they wanted.

So, Bill and Linda set about completely transforming the outdated farmhouse. They completely stripped it down, even taking the first floor out, so that just the walls and roof were the only parts of the house still intact. They also decided that an extension to the side of the property would give them that extra bit of space, helping to create their dream home.

Polypipe’s range of 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 due to the different options available. This meant the Groomes had complete freedom to design their interior exactly how they wanted, without having to work round the traditional radiator heating system.

“For me, the main motivation was to get Polypipe underfloor heating was for the aesthetics. As I was completely renovating my home, it was important that the design was exactly how I wanted it, and I felt that radiators were restricting the interior design that I wanted in order to make it my perfect home. Without radiators, the rooms feel so much bigger and open and I have complete control of every room. I don't have to worry about where I can't put bits of furniture or the length of curtains because there are radiators in the way, which is fantastic.”

For Linda's husband, Bill, the key consideration for getting Polypipe's underfloor heating installed was the money they would save on energy bills once installed. Because the Polypipe system is water-based, rather than electric, it has proved to be more cost effective. With other energy saving measures installed in the house, such as cavity wall insulation, they only have to have the underfloor heating at a low temperature in order to maintain a constantly warm and cosy home.

“The guys at the stand were really enthusiastic about the products they sold, and they really knew what they were talking about. What was the best about the guys was that they were able to explain the product to me in simple terms, rather than all complicated mechanical talk, it really helped me understand how the product works.”

The biggest experience for Linda was installing Polypipe Underfloor Heating in the upstairs of the farmhouse. As underfloor heating is normally installed downstairs, when Linda told the plumbers she wanted it installed upstairs as well, they were unsure as to how this would work.

However, Paul Dady, a heating manager for Polypipe, visited the plumbers working on the Groome's home, and explained how the Polypipe Underfloor Heating product works, and that it can in fact be easily installed upstairs, putting the plumbers' minds at rest. They were then able to proceed with the project, and got the fantastic results that Linda wanted.


Farmhouse renovation


Bill & Linda Groome