Heating Up

I put in about 5 hours today and was able to get all of the upstairs heating connections finished. All that’s left to do is to connect it to the furnace (luckily, it’s only about 5 feet away from the old chimney chase) and finish insulating everything. Oh, and we have no return duct yet, but I’m not convinced that we’ll even need one. The stairwell should act as a giant return vent, allowing the air to work its way down to the front hall. If things don’t work well, then I’ll add the separate return in later. It took so long, because I foil-taped both the inside and the outside of almost the entire assembly. It may have been overkill, but I hate the idea of air leaking out into the cold attic space!



I really should have run all the ducting before I closed up the chase back in 2005. However, I was too paranoid about tipping off the kitchen inspector to future projects that may or not end up getting permitted. The problem it’s causing me now is that the chase is somewhat snug, and it was a bear feeding ductwork up it. Ironically, while the chase was snug enough that it made my duct insulation bunch up halfway up the shaft, I had the pleasure of watching the entire 10′ of insulation slide off the pipe while I was securing it at top. I was frustrated enough at that point to just say screw it, and I’ll try to come up with some clever way to push it up from the bottom later. Or I’ll just say screw it and let it warm the chase up a bit. If you’re wondering what you’re looking at, the section with the metal strap is a tee that branches 0ff to the right (and then wye’s into flex duct that heads for Chloe and Ginger’s rooms) and continues straight towards the playroom register. The little flex pipe that branches off to the left is for the bathroom.


4 thoughts on “Heating Up

  1. Hi-
    I have spent hours looking through you pics/projects.
    First, what you have completed is amazing. What an outstanding bungalow! Your site gives me inspiration.
    My wife and I just recently purchased a tudor home. Like your home, we still have the original wood trim throughout.
    I have searched and searched the web for colors that look good with dark wood trim. Well I found them in your home. The colors you have chosen to use are perfect. If you do not mind, could you share the color names / paint used throughout your home. We have to get rid of our white walls.
    Thanks, Brad


  2. Brad, thanks so much for the compliments. They’re always great to hear, because when you’re living in a place you tend to focus on what’s not done, as opposed to what is. Stephanie is always glad to get comments like this, as color is her passion (she’s an interior designer by trade). I know that she’ll be happy to let you know what the colors are. Maybe I’ll ask her to write a post that lists all the colors…


  3. Julio, Can’t wait to get your color names/paint used. A posting would be great! Or, if you get a chance you could email me. However, I’m sure your little ones are keeping you both busy. I have four of my own. Stephanie truly has a gift for color. We never believed dark wood could look so nice. Thanks again for sharing-


  4. Hi Brad. Thank you very much! I really love working with color. I have had my own architectural color consulting business for about six years now, but fixing up our own place has been so much fun for me because I’ve been able to really let loose color-wise. It’s always nice to hear that people like what I’ve done.

    As to your question, I can’t seem to get your email address to work for me, so I thought I would just post a response here. You might want to check back later though, because we will also put up an actual color posting with photographs displaying each color. But for now, here’s a quick list:

    Living Room walls – Miller Green Acre 8144M (I chose this one to match the green in the shades on our light fixtures – bungalow greens are usually a little more olive-toned.)

    Living Room, dining room and entry ceilings – Sherwin Williams Hubbard Squash SW0044 (Arts & Crafts collection)

    Entry walls – Sherwin Williams Rembrandt Ruby SW0033 (Arts and Crafts collection)

    Kitchen walls – Miller Fog Buoy 8574M

    Kitchen ceiling – That color was a very custom mix – we mixed some buttery yellow paint we already had with ceiling white to achieve a creamy color that matched the caramel-swirled art glass in our kitchen light fixtures, so it isn’t a *real* color.

    Bathroom walls – I had a specific color in mind and I looked and looked and finally found it in a very unexpected place. Lowe’s, in partnership with Nickelodeon, carries a line of kids’ paint associated with various cartoon characters. While I had Sherwin Williams do a custom-mix for me because I like their paint, the color was called Seaweed and it (weird as this is) from the Sponge Bob Squarepants collection.

    Dining room walls – that was another custom mix. I had Miller Paint mix it for me and the recipe is:

    B – 6
    C – 2 x 44
    F – 3 x 28
    W – 5 X 32

    If you don’t want to mess with a custom mix, a similar color is Miller Sunburst 7845D. Another color I love (and strongly considered for that room because it looks so pretty with dark woodwork) is Cuban Plaza 2001-5B from the Valspar American Traditions collection at Lowe’s. It’s sort of halfway between Rembrandt Ruby and my dining room color. It’s warm and salmon-toned but not too orange. It’s not too dark, but it’s still fairly intense. Very pretty.

    We used a velvet finish on all of the ceilings to diffuse light reflection. We used an eggshell finish on most of the walls to get the look of a flat finish without the worry of fingerprints and scuffmarks. (Eggshell finishes are washable, but flat finishes typically aren’t. Sherwin Williams does make a washable flat now though.) The kitchen and bathroom walls have a satin finish so they can stand up to washing/scrubbing.

    One thing I always tell my clients is that lighting has a tremendous influence over the way color looks. You will want to pick colors that work well with your lighting situation, both during the day/in natural sunlight and at night when viewed under electric light. A color that looks fantastic in my house might look horrible in a house that has fewer windows and different lighting. I would strongly advise testing any of these colors you think you might like to use in the actual rooms you might be thinking of using them in before running out and buying gallons of paint. I’ll talk more about lighting and testing when we put up the color post, but I just really want to stress that while you may love these colors in your house, you may also find that they don’t look quite the same there, and you won’t know that unless you test first. Sometimes going one shade darker or one shade lighter will solve the problem. Sometimes it’s as easy as changing your light bulbs. (Some CFLs, for example, give off a harsh blueish light that really messes with color.) Also, just so you know, a lot of the photos on our web site were taken at night. The light fixtures in our dining room, living room and entry way all have stained glass shades with caramel colored glass and our kitchen lights have white glass with caramel swirling. This gives the light they kick out a really golden/candlelit glow (and tempers the harshness of the CFLs a bit) but that golden glow also influences the way the colors look at night. The colors would look brighter and less warm under white light. Just something to keep in mind. Ultimately, you want to pick colors that look great day or night. I can honestly say though that I love the way these colors look in the daylight. I hope you will too!

    Hope this helps!


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