Craftsman bungalow - are these renovations possible?
My husband and I are looking to buy our first home. We've looked at at least 15 houses over the last week but only feel like 2 of them make the short list. One of those I really feel just isn't going to work. The other is a 1938 Craftsman bungalow and it is the only one of the lot that I felt "I love this house!" as soon as I walked in. It reminds me a lot of the 1927 duplex we had out final year in college - just beautiful wood work and all.
Of course... it ain't perfect. :-/
Problems with the house:
Steam heat, so no central air. It's hot and humid here in the summers (SW PA). We've just spent 5 years living in CA with no AC and darn it we want AC!!! I know ducts can be put in - but what sort of cost are we looking at here? There is no attic, since the second floor is made into bedrooms and bathrooms. There is a basement. If you've encountered this problem, what worked for you? The previous owner is leaving 10 window units but I HATE window units and actually want to make disposal of them a condition of sale. (freeon...)
Insulation! We are waiting to hear on what, if any, insulation this house has. I know you can blow insulation in but again there is no attic - can this be done if there is no attic?
Cat pee smell in the basement - going back tonight with a black light to try to locate it. I think if we can find it, we can deal with it.
Windows! The house has the original windows which are SO pretty but I am sure leak heat. We think there are storm windows - do these really help with heating costs? I'd hate to get rid of the original windows but I'd hate to be such an energy waster, too. The dinosaurs aren't coming back!
Any input? I love this house. It has such charm. I always imagined living in an old house - victorian era. We have looked at a few, though, and the realities of a victorian house just don't seem that great to me. Things like no shower, scarey smelly basements, overall too formal a feel to be homey. This place, I feel like we could make it work - but worry I am deluding myself. But it's such a great house. Input?