Old house keep or upgrade cast iron radiators?
We live in a 1916 vaguely craftsman/Prairie style house in an upscale neighborhood and had a furnace failure and freeze up while out of town on vacation. Our entire hot water heating system needs to be replaced, and I need to make radiator decisions. We are trying to balance out practicality with esthetics in the decisions we make.
Our decorating style is eclectic/European/traditional and fits right in with the vintage of the house. Our original radiators are clunky and do take up valuable space. So, we are contemplating flat panel replacements. But, I am a bit leery of how these will change the look and feel of the house because they obviously are more contemporary and not of the vintage of the house.
Does anyone have any thoughts? Or, has anyone been through something similar? What was your solution? Thanks.