Reader Questions from Robin: A Heated Wood Floor?

This will be the first of a series of posts with reader questions. I'm getting a lot of mail recently and I love it! Here's what Robin had to say: 

 

Name:Robin 

Subject:Love your website!

Message:

Hi Meg, I met you in the bathroom when you first started working for Tumbleweed Houses at the Berkeley workshop you first were at. Now you are in Salt Lake city! What are you doing vocationally there? I love your Lucky Linden - lots of great ideas!!! My hubs and I live in a 20' shipping container while we redo a fixer upper house. My hubs did a great job with the shipping container and we are surprised how much we enjoy living in it. We also have a trailer for a tiny house someday. Thanks for all your sharing and i hope to find out what moved you to Salt Lake City. Blessings to you!

Robin

Hi Robin!!

Wow that was a while ago! Thank you for getting in touch. My husband got his dream job in SLC, which is why we moved from California. We loved Cali but found it to be very expensive to live, so now I teach workshops for Tumbleweed all over the country.

A shipping container is so cool! I'm glad you are enjoying living in it 😊

Thanks for reaching out!

-Meg

Look at the seasons and weather we have experienced in Salt Lake City at the tiny house since we moved in!  

Look at the seasons and weather we have experienced in Salt Lake City at the tiny house since we moved in!  

Hi Meg,

Thanks for getting back to me! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years! I am happy for your husband and his dream job and that you get to continue with Tumbleweed all over the US.

I have a question for you about your heated flooring. We are putting in a heated floor in our bathroom and it is over cement and we are putting in pebble. My question is - what is your flooring in your Lucky Linden? What kind of heating material did you use? We are using Laticrete. We have some Schluter as well, but the Laticrete seems good for our simple situation. Did you put in a tile floor? How did the tile hold up with the movement of traveling the roads? You must have laid the heating stuff over a wood subfloor base? Can you expound on what you did?

I researched heated wood floors about 4 years ago and found no options, only tile floors. I am interested to know more.

Thanks a bunch,

Robin

The floors in my house are Acacia engineered Hardwood by Natural Floors.  

The floors in my house are Acacia engineered Hardwood by Natural Floors.  

Hi Robin!

We did an engineered hardwood floor, with a heating product called Thermosoft by Thermofloor. It doesn't require a concrete underlayment or a mortar bed. It's a great product! So easy and simple to install. It goes right over my plywood subfloor and then the engineered hardwood is floated over it. We're very happy with it! It's controlled with a Honeywell programmable thermostat. I wish a picture could convey how happy and warm my feet are when I get out of bed in the morning, or when I'm doing dishes. I did make one mistake. I didn't run the heated floor right up to the front edge of my toe kick/cabinets, it's back about 6 inches. So just my toes are off the heated portion of the floor when I'm cooking. It's a small thing but brrrr! Chilly in that one strip.

Best of luck with your projects!

-Meg

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