I'm having an addition put onto my split level home.
It adjoins the back wall of the kitchen.
The kitchen sits over the basement, while the new addition is 4 feet or
so above the outside ground. The outside underneath area will
eventually be finished with cement board with a stucco coat of some
My baseboard heat in the kitchen runs along the left wall as you look
into the kitchen. The heat can just continue in a straight line into
the new room.
The question is how to handle the return. My father mentioned that we
shouldn't run the return under the new floor because it will be exposed
(even though it will be an enclosed area). He suggested we raise the
baseboard on the wall a bit and run a 1/2 return pipe underneath the
fins. The old & new baseboards won't line up in height where they join
but we could always put something in front of it.
I haven't had a chance to talk to the contracters yet, but I was
wondering what people thought of that idea and whether having a section
of the pipe go under the floor could cause problems with the cold
weather (Eastern PA region). I think their plan is to run the
baseboard all the way around the room & go under the floor to get
around the exterior door.