I have always wanted to turn an old building into something I could live in.
Be careful what you wish for could be the lesson there.
An old stand alone 2 story building which once housed a pharmacy came on the market. The price was rock bottom given the location. However, once I had a look around the place, I could see why. The place was a wreck inside. It appeared as though it had been completed looted out. However, the structure was top notch and I could envision just exactly what I had always longed for. But, it was going to take work and money. Lots of money. The HVAC system was simply non existent. It appeared to have been an archaic central air system. I wanted to get the HVAC right from the beginning so I could at least live in the structure while the renovation was ongoing. I for sure didn’t want to hang ducts and go the whole big central air system for the building. So, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a new technology called the multi split heating and cooling system. Utilizing this technology would be helpful on several fronts. First, no ductwork is necessary at all. And, installation is quick and painless. Air handlers are hung on exterior wall which are then connected to condenser units on the outside of the building. It took about a day to have the whole thing out in. I will also be reaping the benefits of the efficiency of this technology. The utility savings alone will help defray the costs. So, I have one major hurdle accomplished to make the building at least livable. But, the finish line for this renovation is still far off in the distance.