Saturday, February 20, 2010

In The Dumpster

Ugh. Drove by a dumpster not far from my house and spied a house worth of vintage windows laying there. The house was sporting some new, glaring white, vinyl, replacement windows. Charmless. And so the 10 year replacement cycle begins.

I wish people knew the vintage windows were built to be restored.

10 comments:

Kate H. said...

*gasps in horror*

MrBrownThumb said...

You should collect them and build yourself a greenhouse out of them.

Jayne said...

I would've dumpster-dived! It amazes me that people still believe the replacement window manfacturers' garbage. There's a four-square a couple of blocks from me that used to have lovely leaded glass windows and original clapboard siding. Now it has not only vinyl windows, but vinyl siding too. Yuck!

sigari said...

Do you think they let you salvage them? Maybe not for use in your home, but perhaps you could restore them and swap or sell them later for something StuccoHouse needs/wants.
Love your site. I've learned so much. Thank you for doing what you do.

StuccoHouse said...

I know.

If you've read my blog for a while, you know I have a basement full of salvaged windows, glass and hardware. As well, as salvaged cabinet doors. There's only so many you can save & store...I have my own to finish restoring.

The sad thing is those windows are really truly valuable in the house where they originated. Most of those windows were custom built to the particular opening of that house. People don't get the quality of old growth wood they are losing...or how easy it is to restore most vintage windows to last another 100 years...or that vinyl only lasts a short period of time...

MrBrownThumb - If I didn't have a gillion other projects, I'd definitely give that some though. I've seen you mention them. This window thing is an ongoing problem in ym city, so I suspect I will have many future chances though....

Ha, you all got me all riled up again....

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

I see this in the OP, where almost every home is even in a historic district, all too often. My garage is already full as well. I just keep driving while shaking my head.

Northland Stories said...

In my house, the POs replaced four windows with vinyl. They are all in different spots, next to original wood windows. It's frustrating, there is no way to make them match, and I wish they would have left them alone too.

Barbara said...

I have beautiful wavy glass windows downstairs. . . and vinyl upstairs, courtesy of the POs. (I guess I should be glad they never got around to replacing the ones downstairs.) I'm looking forward to replacing those vinyl with more original windows.
But you really should rescue what you can. New glass is not the same as the old; the weight is different, and the texture can't be matched. In NY, we have a great salvage place that accepts nearly everything, including windows. It has become my source for replacing the "renovated"!

rustbeltrebel said...

This has also happened just up the street from me. I screamed, the people took out all the beautiful lead windows and put in cheap, white, vinyl double hung windows. Fugly, absolutely Fugly.

If that wasn't bad enough they also made the windows smaller. I would not be surprised if this is not the handy work of a house flipper. A common practice in my part these days.

Amy said...

Sad. Too bad the ReUse center doesn't have a swat team that could swoop in and salvage them. Even some of my friends who have pretty solid respect for vintage homes have told me I should replace mine. Granted they aren't as historically as century old windows, but they are original to the home. I don't know why I'd want to swap them out.

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