Under the kitchen is a traditional Cape Cod cistern basement, really just a round hole in the ground, generally 8 or 9 feet across, to house the furnace. Ours is “accessible” if that’s the right word though a hatch in the floor of a closet off the kitchen, on top of which the vacuum usually sits. I remember exactly the same arrangement at my grandparents’, just a half mile down Main Street.

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Under the rest of the house, the joists sit up above a dirt floor. “Crawl space” is way to generous a description. The HVAC guys have been sliding along on their belies under there for the last few days, running air ducts for heat and AC.

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Prior to this the house was heated, only on the first floor and through forced hot water. It’s a nice kind of heat, but the baseboard radiator units take up a lot of room and don’t look great, and it doesn’t solve the AC requirement.

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It’s tough for these guys to run the ductwork. Hot and dirty work. But the net is we’re close to having the first floor covered. Upstairs will be a different approach. We’ll put in an air handler where the old bathtub sat as we are pushing out a wall for a new bathroom, and the ductwork will run through the attic. Tight up there too, but a walk in the park compared to under the house.

Speaking of upstairs, the girls’ bedrooms are painted and in the middle of being furnished.  So we now have a total of three rooms done up there with two more to go in addition to the bathroom.

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