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.