Washington DC Historic Window Craftsmen Gepetto Millworks
Begin your renovation by familiarizing yourself with your local’s architectural style and how your home fits in. The period in which it was built does matter although Gepetto Craftsmen can match any construction style from 1600 and onward. Learn about the types of windows, doors and details that were used in the original construction – you may be surprised that the original construction methods were more sturdy, stable or energy efficient than today’s homebuilding techniques.
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A historic building consultant can save you time and energy in the early stages and give you confidence in your choices as you start out. Keep in mind that previous remodels over the years may have hidden the original details. Visit your local historical society to see if there are records available to help you learn about your home and community. You may uncover hidden gems as you restore your house to its original design or the gem may be created in your hearts and minds as you fall in love with your own home. Wooden details and accents bring organic warmth and a centering style to any interior modern or historic.
Removing your home’s original windows inevitably destroys the character of a historic house. New windows were designed for new houses. And while there are companies that make windows that look like historic ones they are still quite quite right. Lacking this major architectural element almost guarantees a lower resale price for a historic home. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking newer is better. On an old home this is rarely the case.
Historic windows only require a couple construction details to perform as good or better than new windows. Firstly quality weatherstrip will produce the largest thermal gains. Secondly, they must be properly maintained with paint to prevent rot and other naturally occurring maintenance concerns. And lastly, you should consider adding historical storm windows to provide the multiplier for energy efficiency and an airtight seal. You can add a second ‘storm’ pane on the inside to preserve your home’s appearance from the street and minimize any recurrent drafts that may be seeping in around the windows. Quality restoration contractors will focus on the internal walls to provide airtight sills and winterizing especially in the temperate Virginia climate.
If you choose solid wood, historically accurate windows from Gepetto you will have windows that last centuries, retain your home’s value and meet even the toughest energy-efficiency standards in the market today.