Old House CSI: Dundas, MN

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I always have my head on a swivel when I’m driving around the countryside because I’m on the lookout for old and interesting buildings.  This gable front-and-wing  house in Dundas, MN caught my eye during a recent drive.  You can see that the house has changed over the years and I thought it might be […]

Historic Windows: Part Two

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This is the second installment in a series of blog posts on historic wood windows. This post will focus on my process for evaluating windows and recording important data and features. Before I undertake any restoration or conservation project or reproduce an historic window, I do a systematic and thorough evaluation so I can determine […]

Details, Details, Details: What I look for when examining historic windows.

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The more you look the more you see. With a casual glance you will identify general shapes and outlines, but when you look closely all sorts of detail will become apparent. When I look at historic windows I try to identify as many details as possible so I can understand better how old they are, […]

Insulation, Cold and Drafts in Your Historic Home.

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Our national cold snap has led to many questions about insulating historic homes, thermal efficiency, windows, doors and much more.  I thought I would outline a few things that you should consider when trying to improve the thermal efficiency of your older home. Generally speaking, houses lose heat in two ways. One is radiation. Radiation […]

Window Making Demonstration in Rockford, MN on June 14, 2017.

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On Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM I will be giving a demonstration on 19th century window making and restoring historic windows for the Rockford Area Historical Society. The event will be held at the historic Ames-Florida-Stork house, an 1860s Greek Revival house in Rockford, MN. I will use use authentic 1850s tools and techniques […]

Window Sash Repair: Part One

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Although most of my work with Historic Design Consulting consists of consulting with owners of historic buildings, I occasionally so some restoration/conservation work myself.  As people have become interested in retaining historic windows I find myself working on window sash fairly often.  This Spring I have been restoring some sash from an 1881 railroad depot from […]