Well, here we are on the other side of October. Time has rolled back by an hour, the days feel shorter, and the temperature has been dropping like a Mayor’s approval rating after a shameful drug-use confession (How could I not bring that up!?). On Monday, while walking to my workout, the neighbourhood was covered in a thick layer of frost; snow feels like it is just on the horizon. As you can imagine, this change in time and weather has added a strong argument to the devil-on-my-shoulder who tries to keep me from crawling out of bed at 5AM every morning.
But… I planned ahead. While we were working on rebuilding the bathroom floor, we opted to add heated floors under our DIY marble tile. We are so happy to have had the chance to work with Warmup to plan, order, and support our heated floor installation (we did a full post in the summer walking through this DIY friendly project, so if you haven’t already seen that post, be sure to check it out).
Today, I wanted to do a follow-up to spill the beans on what kind of impact this seeming “luxury” has had on the finished room. In one word? Wowza!
I had no idea how much heated floors would add to the feeling of this daily-use space. Standing alone, the floors are very pretty, but every time I stroll into the room (especially first thing in the morning) and the pre-programmed floors are warm and waiting, I feel my whole body relax. Seriously. It’s kind of silly, but as a lady with too-often cold feet, every time I even think about my bathroom I go all Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there!” They make the room inviting, comfortable and, well, pretty darn luxurious.
And… I’m not alone. Ohia has always been a bathroom lovin’ dog, but with the addition of in-floor heating? We can’t get him out of the room.
That old, white-faced dog has never been happier. Beds, stolen blankets, and door mats have nothing on the comfort of this floor for Ohia. While he usually follows us around from room to room, if the floors are on in the bathroom, he will stay in there for hours all alone. It is adorable, and… totally understandable.
The 3iE Energy-Monitoring Thermostat that came with our kit also gets 5 stars from me. It’s totally intuitive to program and for the design-minded (like me), there is no question that this is the most gorgeous, modern thermostat on the market. Seriously, just check out some of the other heated floor thermostats at your local big-box, or do an image search — bleck! I love that Warmup knows good design and how important even the small details are in a finished room. The 3iE Energy-Monitoring Thermostat is not just functional, it’s beautiful (and comes in 7 colours, including pink!). Pre-set themes allow you to change the display to suit your style; my current favorite is the flip-clock. Oh la la!
The warming cables seem to heat the area quite uniformly, although we likely could have gotten a little tighter around the toilet while laying the wire — there is about 4-6″ in front of the toilet base that stays a little cooler because we didn’t want to run the wires too close to the toilet base. Overall though, the layout has worked perfectly for us, keeping our toes nice and toasty while getting ready in the morning, or stepping out of a nice, long bath.
So, would I (and Ohia) honestly recommend Warmup in floor heating? Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes! I know that a bathroom can function without this addition, but I am so glad we decided to put them in. They are, at present, my VERY FAVORITE thing in the entire house. No joke.
Have you ever considered adding heated-floors? If you could add them to any room in your house, where would you put them and why?
This post is sponsored by Warmup who helped us out with a product discount and a lot of excellent support; of course, all content, opinions and work are our very own.