Reworking the HVAC

Older homes with forced air systems never had central air in mind, only the mechanics of heating.  This house had exactly what you need for heating, with all of the return air vents in the flooring on the first floor.  Hot air rises, so pull it down.

The third floor had the two lovely rooms in the roof line, but it had no HVAC or electrical services.  With a favorable layout of the furnace and a useless closet, we were able to do what can be a real challenge in older homes – bring air returns and supplies to the third floor.  Some space was lost, but the gain is huge.

Meet the dynamic duo:


Dan and Jason


We covered up the existing floor air return and reworked it to accommodate servicing the upper floors.

The second floor. The closet was only ten inches deep, rather useless, plus it allowed me to rob the door and case to use elsewhere and to create a large walk in closet in the same area.

the second floor

The first floor

the first floor











The second floor closet was only ten inches deep – rather useless.  I was happy to lose it, cover it over, and ultimately make a large walk in closet just in front of it.

One of the two supply lines to the third floor was easily hidden in an awkward space in the kitchen (southwest corner), created by a chimney that I framed in.  The creation of this space also allowed me to run electrical and plumbing upstairs.  The other supply line, in the northeast corner, needed to be covered by a “bump-out.”


the southwest corner on the second floor


the northeast corner in the front bedroom











Jason got the

Jason got the fun job of running the ducting in the crawl spaces.


Dan helped from where there was plenty of room to move.



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