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One Way To Get Drier, Warmer And Cooler Faster

On a recent inspection of a flip I noted that the basement was changed (a laundry was turned into a bathroom and a family room turned into a laundry room).  This necessitated changing the heating and air conditioning duct work.  All the new walls required movement of ducts.

I was particularly interested in the position of the HVAC register in the master bathroom!

It is not certain if this is the ONLY place they could have chosen, but it probably is given the geography of the new wall arrangement below.

The floor register is just inside the door and right in front of the sink!

While an odd position by anyone's measure, it might just be a convenient one.

Think of the laundry it will save!  This happy homeowner will not need a towel upon exiting the tub!  Setting the thermostat temperature before a bath or shower will guarantee freshly blowing air when done!

And drying those hard-to-reach places is no longer an issue!  While shaving or brushing hair, one only needs to straddle the register and dry completely!

And, any dripping water can go right down the hole and get carried away by the duct!  That is convenience most of the Third World would envy.  Now THAT'S plumbing!

Not only this, but the marble door thresh hold was cracked in many places and glued back together with perfectly-matched caulking.  I bet you can't see it even though I brought it to your attention!

This could very well be something that will catch on!

What at first glance would appear to be an oddity might in fact turn out to be a new trend begun by a heretofore obscure (Class A Contractor) Flipper!  Real fame may be due this company now that I am introducing this concept to the world.  Now that would be a beautiful thing!

My recommendation:  Before you judge a Flipper, try to get into his head.  You might just be seeing things from a different perspective!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • June 17 2010 06:56AM

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I KNOW they will put a rug over the register that will catch fire and burn the house down!!! 

As a property manager, I will get a call about the toilet leaking BECAUSE of the WARM bath air, collecting on the COLD toilet and CONDENSING on the outside and running down to the FLOOR and pooling around the toilet....assuming the position of a toilet leak....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

I like it. Go green (less towels and washing) and save time drying off. It could catch on..and a good excuse for shrinkage...

Posted by Pat O'Reilly (RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth) over 8 years ago

i think Magic and Cosmo...our love all things warm cats would think that this was the best invention ever...was it a cat house ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

This is just a spin off of the air-dryers in the bathrooms of public restrooms.  Air drying is not just for hands any more!  

Posted by Jim Allhiser, Salem, Oregon Home Inspector (Perfection Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Just keep that lady in the spike heels out or you might have a different type of "flip".

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Quite an alternative to those fancy and expensive wall mounted heaters

Hope the central air does not blow threw there, might be embarrassing

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 8 years ago

You forgot to mention it's a pot warmer. Or at least a pot-goers-toe-warmer.

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

Wallace - the other bathroom had the register right beside the toilet.

Pat - who knows, it may catch on!  And someone may catch something from the register's position...

S&D - Cat Houses are illegal in VA, although there was one down the street and busted about 2 years ago.  I don't know if this house had cats.     ;>)

Jim - it's a beautiful thing!

Lenn - like on a deck?  Has that happened to you?

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Don - that IS the central HVAC register for that bathroom!

Kate - you mean the nightime pee pot?  That gets kind of warm, doesn't it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay - I like it, and am sure the "flipper" planned it as a "no charge convenience feature."  You do encounter some of the neatest stuff!

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

Maybe there is more distance across the bathroom than I think?

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

John - I have to admit, I have a lot of fun!

Kate - judging from the 12" tiles, you can see that the register is a whole 24" in front of the toilet!  And about 6" in front of the sink...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Okay, I'm off to measure how long my legs are. :)

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

What, so you can dry your toes while using the toilet?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I'll never tell.

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

It WOULD be good for drying toes after a mani/pedi!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Wallace - something I had not considered!  You see, another reason this guy might just be the cutting edge!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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