Kitchen Remodel: Finding Air-ducts (The First Step)

     Back to #KitchenRemodel ladies and gentlemen *cues fireworks*

     I don't know if yall remember the kitchen:

     Not quite a great view? How about this:
So sad we never named our little chef guy

     So when we finally began the remodeling process, the first thing we needed to find out was 1) was there any duct-work in the fur down above the peninsula, and 2) how did the duct-work run in the kitchen? We knew there was duct-work, because there was a vent from our kitchen into our front sitting room, but we just weren't sure exactly how it ran.

     Immediately, Vinny sawed into our fur down above our peninsula, using this Stanley 20/556 6-inch FatMax Jab Saw, which helped cut a small square into the fur down, in order to see what was inside. Once we realized that there was nothing inside, bye bye fur down.

     Holy crap! We were actually doing the remodel!

     In that moment, the whole idea of "remodeling" actually became a reality. Quite fast. We were doing this...

     ... As you can see in the above picture, we started cutting into the other fur downs around the kitchen in order to see where the duct-work ran, and here's some fun pictures of that process:

     So there was a our duct-work from the kitchen that ran to the front sitting room, which meant, we needed to cut into the ceiling of the pantry to confirm this:

Yall, that jab saw is a-mazing. Get yourself one.

     Now we knew that there wasn't a lot of duct-work throughout the kitchen, which was comforting, but we also knew that we had a rather large duct running exactly where we planned on having open shelving:

The end of the arrow is where the pantry is, and rest of it shows where that duct-work from the kitchen to the front room goes

     Obviously we didn't want to have duct-work showing in our open shelving, so we decided to stop the duct-work in the kitchen (so now it stops at the beginning where those upper cabinets are), and not have any to the front room. The thought process is that the front room is closed off enough to not get the air circulating throughout the house, but the true test will be in the summertime in Houston.

     I know I was a day late to posting, and it wasn't much of a post, but I wanted to make this a separate post to really drive home the importance of realizing where your duct-work is during your remodel, and how you're going to handle it in comparison to your "dream layout", because if you don't have a plan, you can get yourself into a terrible situation.

     Moral of the Story: Know your duct-work.