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I have personally seen this felt from this company and it is truly wonderful stuff and the color options are incredible, well worth the price.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | DIY Inspiration: Felt Projects from FilzFelt
10/23/08 10:59 AM

Hi Pieter,

We do have Radiant in the basement and that zone works great since the basement is very insulated and has only two small window.

Jim


Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise
6/16/08 07:31 AM

Hi Pieter,

Sorry to get back to you so late.

The staircase was custom built from a company the I would not recommed. They were hard to work with and not very responsive.

The radiant heat does struggle to maintain the set temperture of 65 in the zone that does the large open area with the most glass, the kitchen/dining/living room area. The other two zones work well. We have central air conditioning and are thinking of adding a heat coil to that system to help boost the heat in the largerest zone. We do love the radiant heat and I would suggest that you work with a company that specializes in that type of system. The heating contractor that we used did a good job but I think we would of had a better outcome if we would of worked with a company that specializes in just radiant systems.

Facing the glass exsposure to the south is the best advice I can give.

Good luck,
Jim


Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise
6/2/08 12:49 PM

Hi paulmuscat,

We decided to build the house on a full basement so that we could locate our systems in basement as so that we could have additional living space.

There is not much I would do different, the only thing I tell people is that if you are building in a cold climate to face the bulk of the glass exposure South. Because of our site the glass exposure is facing East which is not great as far as passive heating and cooling.

Jim


Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise
4/28/08 01:07 PM

Hi darstar,

The LVL kit home comes with an option for a structurally reinforced roof which is rated for 50 lbs per square foot. In our area that meets code. If you are interested in building one of these homes the architect Rocio Romero can work with you and her structural engineer to come up with a solution for you. The home is very solid and I would encourage you to consider building one.

Best of luck

Jim


Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise
4/28/08 01:02 PM

Jim here, the owner of the LV home featured in this posting. Thanks for all the comment, we love the place and would encourage anyone to take the plunge and build one. If you have questions, let me know and I will try to answer them.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise#comments
3/19/08 12:34 PM