Storm Window Estimate

by Josh on May 30, 2007 · 5 comments

in Windows

My fellow Minneapolis houseblogger, StuccoHouse, has me inspired! She just replaced a pair of aluminum combination storm windows with solid wood storms and they look fabulous.

Shamelessly following her lead, I just completed the online price quote request for three wooden combination storm/screen windows from Adams Architectural Wood Products. These new windows would be for the three in-swing casement windows in the sitting area of our master bedroom, which is in the prominent front-facing dormer. The storm/screen windows from Adams have solid wooden frames with permanent insect screen on the outside and removable glass storm panels on the inside. I’ve had these windows on my mind for a couple years since I was introduced to them at a window restoration seminar with Bob Yapp sponsored by the Twin Cities Bungalow Club.

Currently the windows in question have only ill-fitting and poorly constructed swappable storm and screen windows that protect the moving sashes but don’t do much for insulation value or aesthetics. These are not the original storms and screens. In fact, I don’t think there were storm windows here originally because the dormer was unfinished crawlspace until the previous owners finished it sometime in the last ten years. Because these three windows are unusual in size and require a single-paned storm and screen, I have given up looking in salvage shops for suitable replacements.

I have no idea what to expect for price, so I’m not at all committed to buying the new storm/screen combos now. If the price and time is right, these will be a trial batch for a bigger job to come, namely replacing the 19 aluminum combination storm windows on the main floor. That’s certainly a job for another year, but for now I’m just hoping to get a price estimate for my inspiration.

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stuccohouse May 31, 2007 at 12:03 pm

I also looked at those Adams storms. They are very nice 😉


Josh May 31, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for the endorsement, Stucco. Now the real question is whether I can afford “very nice.”


John Leeke June 1, 2007 at 8:29 am

It’s interesting that your “Ads by Google” include advertisements for Vinyl Storm Windows.

by hammer and hand great works do stand
Historic HomeWorks


Josh June 1, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Hi John, thanks for getting me to think some more about the ads on my site. I have assumed that readers are savvy enough to recognize that the presence of ads on this site doesn’t constitute an endorsement of the goods or services offered. I don’t get to pick what Google advertises here and I have no stake in whether someone buys a product from a Google ad.

Nevertheless, I can see how it might look hypocritical for a vinyl window ad to appear on a website that aspires to model historically-sensitive home restoration and improvement. I prefer values-aligned advertising and I’m going to explore my options for screening ads on the site.


John Leeke June 1, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Just thinking it was “interesting.”

In any case it looks like you’re taking some good care of your place. You can see some video of the barn painting and wood repairs we’re doing at our 1899 place here in Maine, at my video blog.

by hammer and hand great works do stand


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