Sashes and Storms

by Josh on November 17, 2010 · 3 comments

in Projects,Windows

You’d never know it by my writing volume, but I’m having a really productive fall.  Unfortunately for you, Dear Reader, I’ve allowed my free time pendulum to swing too far toward working on projects and away from writing about them.  I’ve also been extra busy this fall with new elementary and pre-schools for the kids and preparations for Ms. Bungalow’s exciting new business launch in a few weeks.  Consider this the beginning of a swing back to better work/write balance.

When I wrote my wrap-up on the house painting in June, I mentioned that I had chosen not to have the painters do the windows.  One reason for this was to save some money on a really expensive project, when painting windows is something I know I can do myself.  But more importantly, I didn’t want to pay for the painters to add another paint layer to the God-only-knows-how-many others that are holding most of my double-hung windows’ upper sashes stuck closed.

Eventually, I will completely restore the house’s windows with lead abatement, wood repair, sash cord replacement, glass repair, and weatherstripping.  I will also replace the loathsome aluminum triple-track storm windows with new wood-framed storm/screen combinations.  With 19 main floor double-hung windows to restore, this will take some time.

The handful of in-swing casement windows, however, are another story.  They all basically operate as they should and almost all of them still have their original wooden storm and screen windows.  This fall, I’ve been updating the paint on the casements and their storm windows.

DR piano windows exterior

The photo above shows a fixed sash piano window with a wooden storm next to a double hung with an aluminum storm outside my dining room.  As you can see by the double-hung window on the right, the old color on the windows was a close match to the off-white stucco background.  The new brass color on the smaller piano windows is also used on the bracket elements under the eaves.  I really love this color both on its own and in combination with the red-brown trim.  The old body-color windows looked flat against the wall, but painted in the accent color, the windows give the fascade depth and interest.

Kitchen casement exterior

I like the new window color so well that I’ve obviously decided it will be okay to live with a hodgepodge of new and old window color for a time.  When I begin the window restoration in earnest next spring, the sides of the house facing the street will get first priority.  In the meantime, it was fun to give the window transformation a jumpstart this fall– and since I’m using extra paint left by the house painters, the only cost has been my time.

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Becky November 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I’ve been looking into wood combination storms/screens [SP Custom Carpentry, Marvin] but haven’t been able to make the costly commitment yet. Have you gotten pretty far in your research to where you have any leanings? Or will you be building your own?


Josh November 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

Becky, I’ve been looking at Adams Architectural Millwork in Dubuque, Iowa, which offers two options for fully ventilating storm/screen combination windows. I also see that SP Custom Carpentry offers an “inside removable” option that sounds similar to the Adams product, so I’m going to price that, too.


janice September 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Can you post the costs of windows from Adams Architectural AND SP Custom Carpentry)?


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