Radiant Floor Heating in Backyard Office Shed

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Radiant Floor Heating in Backyard Office Shed

I'm doing a prefab shed on a concrete pad that is 10x12. Initially I was going to go with a subfloor on top of the concrete pad along with some nice hardwood flooring on top of that but now radiant floor heating seems like a good idea. My question is - Do I forget about the sub floor/hardwood floor all together and put the radiant heating into the concrete pad? Or similarly forget the sub floor/hardwood floor, do the pad and then put the radiant heating system on top of the pad along with a mortar spread nice and flat on top of that then lay tiles or whatever? I'm confused! Any tips or links would be great.
 
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Old 12-04-13, 08:21 PM
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I'm not sure you'll get enough heat from radiant flooring in that application. I'm sure you could use it to keep the floor slightly warm but I'd doubt it would keep a shed comfortable unless it was super insulated.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 01:38 AM
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Sounds like a lot of effort and expense for a shed. Which you may relegate to storage duty before long, when you move the office into your house (which I suspect is already heated and insulated). Wouldn't a portable electric heater or two suffice, and at much less cost?
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I should also mention that this is a fully insulated, 4-season "shed". It will be expensive but I either start renting an office/studio space for $500 - $1000 a month or build a space in the backyard and raise the value of my home. It's more of an extension but it's not attached to the house. I'm not using this company but it'll be something like this:

10 x 12 Studio Shed Lifestyle Product Tour HD - YouTube

Does this change anyone's mind? Any other suggestions as to how to best approach radiant floor heating or would it still be best to use other methods i.e. space heaters. Thanks again in advance.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 09:23 PM
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Did you try contacting the company your are purchasing the unit from.
See what they offer or suggest for heating.
 
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yes, I did and they weren't really a ton of help. I think they just said use space heaters.
 
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w/o the benefit of knowing where in the non-US you're located & anticipating you'll insulate as well as shed-?.com sez they do, i'd build it, too, & look for solar-gain to help offset heating costs,,, the increase in property value is another good benefit,,, might i suggest you consider placing the office on skids making it a temporary structure eliminating an increased property assessment ? did that once w/24'x24' shop - local govt wasn't real happy they lost when we defended in court. remember everyone wants a ' taste ' of your success !
 
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The original poster is from Canada.
 
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