Well, I have found and awesome house that my Fiance and I could actually afford in the upcoming months. I was a bit concerned to find it had been on the market for a while, but I think the reason is because it has no Air Conditioning (and it's also right by the train tracks; but we don't mind this). In fact, we're pretty sure it has no forced air at all! (we are going to find out 100% tomorrow) I have saved up quite a bit of money, and I will be saving up even more in the upcoming months. I think I will have enough to put up a down payment, and even get air conditioning installed.
I am just curious, how much do you think such a thing would cost? Also, are there ways to cut down on cost by doing certain things yourself? The house has a regular-sized crawlspace that runs all the way under it, all of the main rooms are on the first floor (Except for one large room upstairs--an attic) and there appear to be no vents, ductwork, or even heat (radiators) at all. It does have 4 fireplaces, but only one is usable at this time. The house has about 1,600 square feet, and was built in 1914 with pretty high ceilings. I would like to avoid dropping any ceilings as much as possible to run the ductwork to the second floor. My dad told me that doing ductwork is pretty hard, but he thinks me Fiance and I could pull it off and do (at least most of it) ourselves. I am glad he has faith in us, but would you agree?
Any advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated.