Hiding Ductwork with Architectural Details


Great article here from finehomebuilding.com on thinking ahead when building your home and coordinating ductwork. If it’s done right, it can look amazing.

Personally, I think it’s great getting inside the mind of a builder/general contractor. Seeing things from their perspective can help you in the long run with your own build.

One of the things we try to think about before we start building a house is how the mechanicals fit into the floor plan. Our HVAC system is a forced-air system, which means we’ve got supply and return trunk lines to route through the house. It’s important to work with our HVAC sub to find a path that makes aesthetic sense. Particularly in the basement, their default is likely to be the straightest, shortest run. But in a finished basement like ours, that would result in an odd-looking chase in the middle of the room. The approaches shown here are how we handle two common scenarios: horizontal ductwork along the basement ceiling and vertical ductwork that carries through the first floor to the second floor.

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