I bought a really awesome townhome in one of my favorite cities. One of the things I loved about this townhome was the brick walls and open ceilings with exposed pipes. The previous owners did a wonderful job at redoing the place, but they were open about the lack of central heat and air. They only had a few window AC units for air and there wasn’t any heat. After careful consideration and a lot of compromise, we negotiated a price for the townhome that left me enough money to update the heat and air. I wanted to have central heat and air added, but that required ductwork. I hired a few contractors to come out and give me an estimate, but there were some roadblocks that I wasn’t anticipating. In order to install ductwork, I had two options. I could reroute the pipes in the ceiling to make room for the ductwork, or I’d have to have custom ducts made for the space. I considered the price of each option, but sadly they were about the same. It wasn’t cheap to reroute pipes and custom ducts weren’t inexpensive either. Although it would cost a lot of money upfront, having central heat and air in this townhome would make me feel more comfortable and it would increase the value of the house. After the new ductwork was installed, I really loved the way it looked in the exposed ceiling with the existing pipes. It made my townhome look even more industrial than before!