|Wires and control box for electric underfloor heating|
We came to an agreement though; it was going to cost around $5000 to do the whole back section of the house and all the bathrooms, so if I could shave that money off the total cost elsewhere then I could have it. Easy! I saved us two grand on an oven and range hood that very afternoon so I started off well. I've also saved some money on the kitchen cabinets, and opted for cheaper doors; I've racked up about 3 grand in 'savings' so far.
We opted for an electric system because it is cheaper and easier to install. Underfloor heating can be expensive to run, but the newer systems can be set to run during off-peak times, or set to come on at times when you will want the warmth. We are also planning on offsetting the cost of running it by installing solar panels on the new section of the roof. They are much more efficient than you might think, as the floor heats up the air heats as well, often negating the need for a second heating source.