Because many of the plumbing, heating, and wiring systems in a house are concealed, it may be difficult to make major changes without considerable cutting of wall surfaces and, in some situations, even structural members.

In a very old house, the mechanical systems may have to be replaced and this will become a major cost item. At the same time, however, properly installed new systems will be responsible to a large extent for comfort and convenience it the house. One bonus can be the dramatic recovery of space and improvements in the appearance of the basement when an old "octopus" gravity warm air heating system is replaced by a modern forced-air system.

Code provisions relating to mechanical systems should be carefully checked.

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