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Second meeting with the Architect...

Also brought us a quote for the custom windows we need. This project is a sticker shock after sticker shock for us. That being said, I simply can't understand why is everything so expensive. We can't even put a nail into the wall without costing us at least a $1,000. This makes me so angry. And, unfortunately puts serious limits on how much work can be done at the House.


  1. Dear Selma, I can tell from your blog how immersed you are in this admirable project to bring back the Cedars. So, I write this note with some hesitancy and a lot of humility. The question is, do you have the original wooden windows in the house? If so, have you considered restoring them? For a fraction of the cost of replacements, you can retain a key element of your historic home, avoid throwing old growth timber in the landfill, and, when paired with an interior storm window, achieve the same energy efficiency as a high-quality replacement.

    Here's a link to a two-pager called, "Top Ten Reasons to Restore or Repair Wood Windows."

    Again, I write this not to tell you what to do--you are undoubtedly faced with scores of tough decisions every day and your task is, if not overwhelming, then Herculean. My hope with this note is merely to offer support for retaining a significant piece of the historical facade, much as you are hoping to restore the glass door knobs and doors.

    If you'd like more information on wood window repair and restoration, I have lots of links to great sites I'd be happy to share.

    Best wishes in your wonderful endeavor. I hope to drive by sometime and see this terrific house.

    Marybeth Robb (
    Old Window Enthusiast

  2. Selma, I've just read deeper into your blog (forgive me for rushing to the first post--I have Christmas cards to get out today) and realize you are trying to replace windows that are themselves replacements, in order to recreate the originals. That is a different story than replacing originals. You are on the right track. And it sounds like you are being guided to take this step by step by a skilled professional. These are labors of love; I look forward to following your progress.


  3. Marybeth, thanks for the comments and kind words. Unfortunately, only a few original windows survived. The best one, luckily, is one of them. We are also very lucky that there were many, many, many articles written about this house, with lots of photographs and illustrations, so our job is almost easy. Almost.

    As far as window replacement is concerned, we will certainly try to find a new home for the windows that we currently have, because we believe they are at least from the 1920's, which is significant. They still have the weights pulled by the rope, amazingly enough, and original hardware. I'm sure somebody will love to keep them away from the landfill :)


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