Some housebuilders are realising that using quality radiators enhances their homes – they don’t simply heat them.
And some enlightened new homes builders – like Jones Homes based in Alderley Edge in Cheshire – even respond to the fact that radiators can work extremely well with renewable heating systems – in this case air source heat pumps.
The development – The Willows at Tilston, a stone’s throw from Malpas – is literally at the end of a rural road surrounded by farmland with idyllic views in every direction. So no surprise that there is no mains gas available for heating these excellent homes. The options of LPG and oil were considered and dismissed in favour of the use of quality air source heat pumps from manufacturer Glow worm. Underfloor heating was chosen for the ground floor of these exceptional four and five bedroomed homes and a selection of Stelrad radiators were chosen for the upstairs rooms – including Stelrad’s latest high efficiency Caliente towel radiators for the bathrooms and en-suites in each home. Originally the designers had selected towel rails and a separate radiator for the bathrooms, but the new Stelrad Caliente designer towel rail is perfect for warming towels and heating bathrooms from lower temperature heating systems all on their own, without additional help – and they look just wonderful.
In the bedrooms and the upstairs landing area, a mix of two panel P2 and three panel K3 Stelrad Compact radiators keep the home cosy and warm in the colder months – sized correctly these are more than able to provide the level of warmth and comfort needed to make these new homes perfect for their new owners.
“The guys from Stelrad were able to show us that these radiators were more than adequate for these impressive new homes and the first new owners and we as a company are delighted with them,” says Peter Barsby, Environmental Manager with Jones Homes. “The Caliente’s in particular have already got plenty of fans on the development and we’ll be specifying them on other new developments later this year and into 2016. They are a real find for us.”
The new development has already proved to be a magnet for older couples looking to ‘trade down’ to smaller homes but still wanting several bedrooms so their family can come home to stay. The use of renewable heating options has been a big draw too for people wanting to do their bit to help the environment. And the mix of underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs has proved to be a winner with potential buyers: “Very few people are willing to risk underfloor heating upstairs, so radiators play an important part in the heating of our homes,” says Peter Barsby. “And with radiators looking as good as they do these days, they are actually a feature in our homes rather than just a functional means of heating the property. The Calientes in particular are stunning additions and are very much a selling feature of the wet rooms, bathrooms and en-suites in our homes.”