Mid-century new houses have always been a favorite of mine, for house flippers like me, mid-mods are a sure bet. Buyers adore their clean, sophisticated design: glass walls that bring the outdoors in, enclosed courtyards, and smartly flowing floor plans. Mid-mods in their original state used to be plentiful. The lack of tall staircases and open floor plans made them easy homes for people to grow outdated in without having to do a lot of modifications. As a matter of fact, I used to routinely find these houses on the market with little or no updates done to them at all, but of course, that’s not the case anymore. Most owners now do home office and powder room renovations as a matter of course. Even for hardcore design purists who never want to change a thing, mid-century new houses just aren’t functional with their original heating and cooling systems still in site. Energy efficiency was not a priority in that era. Heating systems of the afternoon, usually boilers and furnaces, were massive. I’ve seen furnaces that were three times the size the house required. If there was an air conditioning method installed, it’s usually complete junk. The HVAC duct and pipes that carry the frosty and warm air leak like sieves. I don’t suppose why the original builders couldn’t manage to seal the HVAC duct back in the afternoon, but they didn’t. The superb news is that installing a current heating and cooling system, including HVAC duct, is an investment that pays owners back with immediate energy savings. Even a top of the line Heating, Ventilation and A/C method will pay for itself in just a few years.
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020