It could yet all go horribly wrong…

Underfloor heating might be all the rage in many other countries but not so in Georgia where they have little or no experience of it so my decision to install a wet system throughout the large apartment was met by a mixture of bewilderment and excitement and, in my case, extreme trepidation because I knew I was asking the builders to do something which I had no experience of myself.

It’s all in there now, and buried under a concrete screed while we finish the rest of the works, lay the floor tiles, plumb a boiler in, and see if it works. It doesn’t seem to have lost pressure in the couple of months since we charged the system up with water.

I AM worried about it - much more so than all the people who know about this type of heating who seem supremely confident that I’ve made a great decision. We shall see…

We have a new house (for the boiler)

It looks a little unsightly with the factory wrapping still on but it’ll look ok once we’ve painted it up to blend in with the wall, but this is the new enclosure for the gas boiler which is going on the living room balcony.

It’s very high - it remains to be see where the condenser unit for the living room split air conditioner is going to go as the internal part is directly behind this enclosure, but we’ll find out soon as the A/C is due to be moved from our current home to the new one today. So long as they make a neat hole for the cable and pipe (one which keeps the spiders out!) I don’t care.

Boiler enclosure

We’ve put a down payment on the boiler to reserve it just so we could build the enclosure to the right size - we needed to do this now because the rain was getting in where the under floor heating hoses entered the building.

You can see here the temporary “wall” we built to try and stop the water getting in.

Inside the boiler enclosure

I have no idea how it all works - I should have demanded an operation and maintenance manual for the heating system. I think we’ll need to label where all these hoses go in case we need to adjust the heat in any of the rooms… as I hope we can.

First kitchen design received…

We received the first design of the kitchen today. I’m going to be completely fair to the designer here because I don’t know what - if any - guidance he was given as to what sort of a kitchen we were looking for, but getting the design right is a process and we have to start somewhere, so here it is.

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First bathroom design received

This was the first design we received. As we later decided the ceiling lighting was changed to spotlights and the tiles were all changed - darker tile on the floor (as we already had these), and without the green floral strip along the floor, and also the patterned tiling behind the bath was changed to the best we could find in the tile shop… and the wall tiles were changed - again to what we could find in the shop.

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Let there be heat!

As you can see the underfloor heating (UFH) has been installed. We decided to install it everywhere… just hope it works!

This shows the manifold on the balcony outside the living room as well as the tubing laid inside the room. We will put an enclosure around it all once we buy the boiler and install a light in there too.

Underfloor Heating Manifold & Living Room

Standing back a bit you can also see the same installed in the kitchen.

Underfloor Heating in Living Room & Kitchen

Looking through the kitchen you can see the UFH in the hallway beyond.

Underfloor Heating in Kitchen

This shows the kitchen and the hallway UFH in more detail. Not sure we should have installed it underneath where the fridge and the kitchen units are going, but it’s done now so we’ll just have to live with it (though it shouldn’t be a problem).

Underfloor Heating in Kitchen & Hallway

First impressions

We took our first look at the house today or, more correctly, our first look together; Lana had already been there to check it out and had some reservations about the proximity of an adjoining building to the apartment she liked the best, but we managed to get around the problem by choosing an apartment on the next floor up.

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