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Hi folks - hope you are all keeping safe and well

Just canvassing opinions about whether central heating is really necessary/worthwhile - in general or whether it's only really needed for some areas of Cyprus and if needed then for how long?

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Just canvassing opinions about whether central heating is really necessary/worthwhile
Yes! We're a mile or so from the coast and you'll definitely need central heating. WE have ours on for 3-4 months over the winter - here are a couple of photos of ours:





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We didn't have central heating at first and found the winters often colder indoors than outdoors as the houses are not well insulated. most people use calor gas fires but they cause damp and not great if you have a chest complaint.
We had photovoltaic panels fitted and electric radiators everywhere which made a big difference.

Now we have the same system as Nigel has in our house in France. Cosy winters
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Thanks both

TBH pretty much what I expected though I mustbadmit that I was a little surprised about it being needed quite as much at sea level for some reason and had expected it to be maybe needed for the longer periods at higher altitudes.

Nigel - presume thats an underfloir heating system of some sort - which I haven't seen mentioned for many prooerties - mostly radiator based systems - and looks like it would be quite costly to "retrofit"?

Victoria - interesting to hear about the option for PV powered electric radiators - were the PV panels only for the heating or part of the general supply?

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The PV panels generated electricity for general use.

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Nigel - presume that's an underfloor heating system of some sort - which I haven't seen mentioned for many properties - mostly radiator based systems - and looks like it would be quite costly to "retrofit"?
I don't think your could retrofit. Having seen the rubbish that some developers were throwing up (no heating, no damp-proofing, single glazing, rubbish sanitary ware, no foundations, proper roof, etc.) we decided to build ourselves.

With the help of a RICS architect who'd trained in the UK, we designed our house and had it built to our specification.

The underfloor heating's in five layers:

1. The usual reinforced concrete slab, which doesn't support the weight of the house.

2. A layer of foamed concrete, which insulates the underfloor heating from the slab.

3. The red coated polystyrene layer into which the blue pipes carrying the hot water is fitted. (The polystyrene acts as a further insulator.)

4. A concrete screed onto which the floor finishes are laid.

5. The floor finishes.

Believe it or not, our house cost us less than anything we saw built by a property developer - and we had complete control over everything.

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Thanks Nigel - pretty impressive and you've made me jealous

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Hi Jim

We spent a lot of time designing our place and looking to see what was available at the time.

Once we'd agreed the design with our architect we got a quantity surveyor to prepare bills of quantities and then invited bids from 7 contractor. We shortlisted 3 and inspected places they'd built and selected our chosen contractor. We haggled the price and signed a fixed-price contract.

With the exception of electrical sockets and the bathroom cabinets, we bought all the fixtures and fittings ourselves - floor finishes, kitchen and utility units, worktops, sanitary ware, wardrobes, internal doors, etc. So we got exactly what we wanted.

We sub-contracted the electrical and mechanical work to a specialist company.

The build took two years and we were on site 2 or 3 times a week - and our architect inspected the work once/week.

We had very few problems - and those we had were easily rectified.

It was a lot of hard work and not for the faint-hearted. But considering how much a unique architect-designed house would cost in the UK - it was a bargain.

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