New footings around existing slab and adding radiant heat
Question: I have a monolithic slab 35x38 and attached garage slab 20x25 and want to pour new footings around the existing foundation for 2x6 framing around the house and in the garage raise the floor to be level with the house slab and add radiant heat running off a solar domestic hot water systems, I live in the Florida Panhandle where several contractors I've had out said it can't be done and to add radiant heat I would have to tear out the old slab and start again, and to just forget about the radiant heat and just turn up the thermostat.
Sorry I had a fire that left the garage with chard rafters and framing and the house has to be totally gutted down to the studs. So I figured why not just start fresh, I plan on deconstructing the whole structure the add footings are to accommodate 2x6 framing with out making the rooms smaller and add a second floor loft .
The flooring through out the house will be the sealed concrete slab, Even in Florida I'm cold except for during the day in June, July and August . I plan on living out my days in this home, so my comfort is all I'm concerned with and not resale .
Posted Apr 5, 2011 4:04 PM ET
Edited Apr 6, 2011 11:58 AM ET
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