Hey people, thank you! For your encouraging and extremely helpful comments on my post from last night, about the possibility of installing radiators for heating the Manse. Since I know next to nothing about home renovations, it makes me feel quite chuffed to hear that my radiators idea is not only not dumb, but in fact could be quite a promising one for our old house. Mind you, as my cousin Bruce pointed out in his comment, installing radiators won’t solve the issue of insulation deficiency at the Manse. (What? You mean sawdust poured into the walls in 1888 won’t cut it?) But one problem at a time, I say.
Raymond has also encouraged me by pointing out that the one flaw I saw in the idea – that the radiators would take up space that we need for bookshelves to house our rather extensive book collection – isn’t actually a problem. Radiators, he informed me, are almost always installed underneath windows. And not necessarily because that’s where heat tends to escape; it’s because below-window space is space you can’t use for anything else – like hanging pictures, or (aha!) bookshelves.
But the Manse’s lovely big windows extend pretty far down the walls. Would there really be room for radiators in the space below them? Well, judging by some photos I have found on my friend the internet, I think the answer might well be yes. Have a look again at the image at the top of this post – of a traditional radiator style that seems to be called “schoolhouse.”
People, I think we are on to something!