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    • bluedrop
    • By bluedrop 8th Jun 13, 10:27 PM
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    Designer radiators
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    • 8th Jun 13, 10:27 PM
    Designer radiators 8th Jun 13 at 10:27 PM
    Hi all,
    Does anyone here have designer radiators? I need 8 radiators... Standard ones will cost me less than 500. Designer ones appx2200. Wondering if anyone thinks its worth tht extra money?

    Thx
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    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 8th Jun 13, 11:44 PM
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    I do think it depends on the style/type of house. In a newer house (unless an uber-trendy *Grand Designs*-type place or one with a design-led interior), you can get away with standard rads. Personally even if we were into minimalist interiors, I'd still want interesting (think modern, but quirky) radiators as the standard ones are a bit boring!

    The previous owner of our (thatched Georgian) house had recently installed an new oil-fired boiler and modern radiators - they looked ugly and totally out of character with the age of the property.

    We bought the house two years ago as a partially finished project and whilst we've a long long way to go with the restoration works, we've gradually started replacing the modern rads with period style cast iron ones which suit the surroundings much better. They are quite expensive - we bought a pair in Gothic style for the kitchen that cost a small fortune - but they look sooooo good it was worth it

    It also depends if you intend to stay a long time in your house I guess - if you are going to enjoy them for a good number of years and it'll make you feel good to see them there every day, I'd go for it........they do throw out masses of heat and stay hot for longer too
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Jun 13, 5:18 AM
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    • 9th Jun 13, 5:18 AM
    I loathe standard radiaors, they are so ugly.

    I think it will depend on your budget and also the style and age of your house.

    Period style radiators look good in a period house, while uber modern "statement" radiators can look fab in say a kitchen or bathroom and funky "designer" radiators can look ok in a very modern interior.

    Personally if I were designing from scratch and had a generous budget I would look at underfloor heating - no radiators at all. Just towel rails in bathrooms.

    A practical and more cost effective way is to disguise them with radiator covers. There are plenty of low (ish) cost diy type options.
    • bluedrop
    • By bluedrop 9th Jun 13, 6:32 AM
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    • 9th Jun 13, 6:32 AM
    What are aliminium radiators like? Are they better / efficient than the standard ones ?
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    • evoke
    • By evoke 9th Jun 13, 10:12 AM
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    • 9th Jun 13, 10:12 AM
    We have a couple of beautiful designer rads. They cost us around 500 each so not _that_ expensive. It's worth considering the layout of your house as most of our standard rads are fairly hidden and the designer ones were bought to stand out (one in the kitchen/diner and the other in the bathroom).

    Try Wickes as they have some nice ones.
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    • JournalGirl
    • By JournalGirl 9th Jun 13, 10:17 AM
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    • 9th Jun 13, 10:17 AM
    Our plumber also advised that most designer rads are not anywhere near the efficiency of the standard ones - so take some advice before you take the plunge
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 9th Jun 13, 10:59 AM
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    We bought some of our cast iron rads from Holloways of Ludlow - each one has an output of over 7000 BTUs so nice and toasty They're not the cheapest, but have a good range IMHO......
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    • savemoney
    • By savemoney 9th Jun 13, 12:37 PM
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    • 9th Jun 13, 12:37 PM
    I been looking at them myself as we are having a new bathroom fitted next week and space is a premium. We already budgeted for a towel rail which is only for towels and not used for premier heat source. A designer radiator may fit the bill as you can get them that go vertically up. I am aware that many of them still no where near as good as a conventional modern radiator. I am trying to get most of my stuff from trade supplier to keep costs down, BIL is plumber so can get it at trade.
    • bluedrop
    • By bluedrop 9th Jun 13, 8:31 PM
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    I've decided to go for fancy looking ones. Dh is insisting!

    I've looked around and i short listed 2 that suit my taste.

    Option1 : Saxon
    http://www.plumbtraders.co.uk/product/saxon-590-x-1148-white-88165/

    Option2 : Trade radiators -own brand
    http://www.traderadiators.com/acatalog/Own-Brand-Aluminium-Radiator-Series.html

    For the seven rads I need, option1 comes to 1600 ish and option2 1000ish

    Which one should I go for?
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  • puddy
    they look clunky and a abit 'storage heater' to me

    but that aside, i have never understood why radiators are so horrible and why nice radiators are so expensive. like many, we have hidden many of ours, the bathroom and living room are behind radiator covers (and the living room is freezing most of the time as a result as the sofa is also in front of it)

    the hall has a chest of drawers in front of that one

    given the money, i would have the whole house converted to the skirting radiators that i saw on dragons den years ago, they are radiators in the skirting boards
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 9th Jun 13, 9:02 PM
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    I've decided to go for fancy looking ones. Dh is insisting!

    I've looked around and i short listed 2 that suit my taste.

    Option1 : Saxon
    http://www.plumbtraders.co.uk/product/saxon-590-x-1148-white-88165/

    Option2 : Trade radiators -own brand
    http://www.traderadiators.com/acatalog/Own-Brand-Aluminium-Radiator-Series.html

    For the seven rads I need, option1 comes to 1600 ish and option2 1000ish

    Which one should I go for?
    Originally posted by bluedrop
    I think they look like commercial office rads
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    • BlueC
    • By BlueC 9th Jun 13, 9:24 PM
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    I think they look like commercial office rads
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    I thought that too. We have similar in our offices at work. I am not sure they're suited to homes, but each to their own.

    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Standard rads are fine - they are functional and discrete.
  • Leif
    The first one does look like an industrial radiator. I could not access the second one as apparently there is a virus on the page.

    You might want to check the thermal conductivity of aluminium and steel.
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    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 9th Jun 13, 11:51 PM
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    They're not to my taste either - but we can't all like the same thing

    The company where we got ours do have something similar, described as 'sophisticated.......an ideal companion for contemporary interiors' -

    www.hollowaysofludlow.com/details.php?P1=2&Clv=4&C1=26&C2=240&C3=886&C4=3278

    However, by comparison to those posted above they are blooming expensive
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    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 10th Jun 13, 10:35 AM
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    put in whatever radiators you like....afterall it you and your husband that have to live with them....

    Personally I dont think whichever one of the designer ones you choose will add any value to your house if you intend to sell it,but if you like the look of them then put in what you both want.

    I can understand people wanting to put period features back in a house so opting for traditional radiators and on the other hand if you have a very contempory look to your property then radiators in a certain style may appeal but in honesty I have to say if I was a potential buyer of your house a little further down the line I wouldnt expect to pay a premium for the radiators of your selection,and as such you may end up putting people off making you an offer.

    We once had an upright designer radiator which was very nice and looked great in the setting we had it...but because of its ladder design had to go once our baby became a toddler and thought it was fun to climb!...

    But a house is for living in and if thats how you choose to spend your money then put in the radiators you and your husband like.
    • pookiewn
    • By pookiewn 10th Jun 13, 4:22 PM
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    We got ours from here, they are very helpful delivery fast and the rads are nice without the ouch price tag. Have done out two houses from here now
    I don't work for them, just like their stuff!
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