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Underfloor Heating Case Studies ~ Cairns House

Mr & Mrs Dunbar-Rees, the dedicated owners of Cairns House took painstaking and sensitive care to convert this rural church and former grain store, into a contemporary and atmospheric home, without losing the features of its ecclesiastical past. Most of the photos below have larger versions that you can access simply by clicking on them.

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Church conversion with conservatory
Weather compensation underfloor heating system
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Grant Vortex 26/36 Utility Boiler
Floor area: 500+ sq.m.

church conversion photo

From the outside it still looks like a church, and while some church conversions obliterate any sign of the building's former appearance on the inside, this one doesn't, despite all the accoutrements of design.

It took a lot more work than our clients thought, but while their faith was at times swayed, they never gave up, and the results are amazing. They even went to the lengths of renovating the stained glass window, and retaining as many of the existing features as possible.

church conversion photo

upper floor ready for underfloor heating photo
Upper floor 26.07.03

underfloor heating pipes upstairs photo
Upper floor 14.06.04

finished church conversion interior photo
Upper floor 19.03.05

The original ground floor is suspended timber and provides the bedroom accommodation, but the upper floor was added to provide an open plan living space. Having built the church to last, as the Victorians always did, and being able to raise the floor height, we were able to install underfloor heating throughout the building.

underfloor heating plumbing photo

The underfloor heating runs from the same oil boiler as the domestic hot water, and is as ideal in the large open plan living area upstairs, as it is in the bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs.

church conversion photo 2

underfloor heating pipes upstairs photo
Upper floor 14.06.04

church conversion complete photo
Upper floor 19.03.05

travertine floor photo
Upper floor 19.03.05

Mr & Mrs Dunbar-Rees chose travertine for the flooring, which is perfect for underfloor heating because of its high density and good heat transfer properties.

stairs and glass landing photo

Cairns house has featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including Homes & Interiors Scotland, Build It, Grand Designs, and The Scotsman, where it was quoted as "one of the most arresting homes in Scotland." And it's available as a holiday home through Large Holiday Homes Scotland where you'll find more interior photos.

Upper Floor 12.06.04suspended timber underfloor heating pipes

suspended timber underfloor heating pipes 2

suspended timber underfloor heating pipes 3




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