Some of the features of my house were retrofitted years after it was first built.
The first addition made was a bathroom directly behind the master bedroom.
It’s a small room that jettisons off the back wall of my house. Then, the porch in the back was walled in to create a third bedroom and then a screen porch was built directly behind that. A heavy sliding glass door separates the two and allows lots of light in during the daytime. One of the other modifications that my home’s original owners made was installing a central heating and cooling system with attic ventilation. The old house was built years before indoor air conditioning became as standardized as it is today. Therefore, confining space created some limitations on how the ductwork could be installed and where the air handler could be located. Putting the condenser in place was by far the easiest part of the process since they sit on a concrete block outdoors right up against the building. The air handler had to be installed in a closet that was originally intended to function as a coat closet. Another limitation with the setup was creating the air return for the system’s intake before the air is cooled and sent into the ductwork. An air conditioner with the return on the outside surface of the air handler was put inside the closet and a door with slats was installed. Anytime the air conditioner runs, it can pull in air through the slats and draw it into the HVAC system. It was a clever solution to a tricky problem, and it was pulled off flawlessly.