Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Change Out

Pulled my screens out and replaced them with storms this afternoon. I probably won't be so fond of this task when I'm 90, but I enjoy it now.  I only change out 6 smaller windows, so it's not overwhelming.

Shown in the photo is the wood trim I'll be stripping and repainting next summer.

Here are the three stages: storm in, screen out, screen in.


Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

Looks great! I sooo wish I had storm windows, then I wouldn't have to put gawdy plastic on my windows...ugh.

NV said...

Good job! At least you’re ready for winter – which is a good thing – as it appears to have arrived for you. SNOW and 30s – before Oct. 15? Sheesh. 40s and rain is enough to get me whining.

BungalowJealousy said...

looks like there is some stained glass in them thar windows. have you featured it on the blog before?

i'd love to see them up close, and any other fancy windows around that beautiful house of yours.

StuccoHouse said...

Those are leaded glass panels sitting up against the windows. I did a post a long time ago about my stained glass workbench on my basement (my dad built it for me), but can't remember ever posting photos of the pieces themselves. I'll try to get some photos up.

Ann in Norfolk, VA said...

I came across your blog while researching bungalow casement windows. Congratulations on the beautiful restoration job you're doing!

I wonder if you can help me: I have twenty-one prairie style casement windows in my 1925 bungalow. They are covered with many layers of paint, but are intact with the original hardware. Right now, they have ugly 1960's storm windows, and I need to do something about the lack of insulation.

I'm trying to decide whether to replace all the windows with look-alikes or to restore them and get storm windows. The problem is, the casements open into the house, which means we can't use the interior storms. I can't think of any alternative to using storm windows that have the two sliding panes.

Do you have any suggestions for storm windows that won't ruin the look?

By the way, we are in our 60's and don't have the energy to put up/take down storms like the beautiful ones you made.

StuccoHouse said...

Ann - I actually have 9 windows on my first floor and three upstairs that are casement windows that open in. I can say enough about restoring windows. I have 80+ yrs worth of paint. Once removed, primed and repainted, they look virtually new and will last another 100 yrs. It takes a fair amount of work, but there has been no project on my house that has come close to being as rewarding. The old growth wood can not be replaced. Removing original windows, to me, is akin to taking out an old house's eyes. Once gone, the house looses much of it's charm.

If you click on the "Storm Window" label you will find every bit of information I have collected regarding storm windows. I have exterior storm windows and have been removing aluminum storms and replacing more and more of the storms over time. I change these out with screens in 9 of my casement windows. Marvin does make a wood framed combo storm. There is a place in Iowa that makes a wood framed storm that has a plate of glass that fastens to the inside of the frame and can be removed for summer. Adams Arch

Ann said...

Thanks very much for the information. I'd rather restore the old windows, even if it takes longer than putting in replacements.

StuccoHouse said...

Forgot to mention that there is a book by Terence Meany called Working Windows that was helpful to me. That said, even if you can't find the's pretty easy to figure out. I'm actually thinking about the combo wood frame storms from Iowa (although I also checked out the Marvin combo storms). I'll post more if/when I eventually make a decision and purchase them. I still have about 12 windows in my house that I want to have wood storms. But, like you on some of those windows it's not convenient to replace the storms with screens every season. I will say that have the full screens on at least some of the basement windows has been nice, because you get full airflow top to bottom. Hope this helps!

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