Rare Window Spotted: Six Over Three Double Hung…One of a Kind!

While vacationing in North Carolina, Ann and Laurie ran across this interesting window.

It appears to be created from the sashes of two different windows. There was some ingenuity (or luck) involved to make the divided lites of the two sashes match up. Notice how the muntins line up in a 6 over 3 design. The bottom sash was installed up side down, we think inadvertently. How do we know? Look at the closed window. The bottom rail is buried behind the window sill. The thicker rail should be at the bottom.

As if this window wasn’t interesting enough, the storm window that was added for additional energy efficiency, we’re guessing, was too small for the window. Ann is pointing out in the last picture where the window sill was built up a couple inches to accommodate the opening.  Built in 1911, it is only fitting that this charming farmhouse would have windows with the same amount of character.

Just like Masons admire unique stone work and teachers are stopped by typos, we revel in the uniqueness of windows and doors. If you have an unusual window or door, post it on our Facebook page. We would love to see it!

Ever Wonder Why Homes Have Cupolas?

The short answer – for comfort!

Before central heating and air, home builders and architects used a variety of tricks to improve the comfort of homes. We found this neat blog article at This Old House which describes the uses of cupolas, shutters, deep soffits and eaves, and louvered exterior shutters. We especially liked the different ideas to create air flow. Click here to see.

Louvered exterior shutters are typically found in southern and tropical climates. Given the harsh heat we’ve experienced in Kentucky the last few summers, we are beginning to wonder if we need to promote them here.  What do you think?

Advice on Replacing Windows by Lou Manfredini

Fall isn’t just about football.  It’s the window replacement season, and it’s nearly upon us!

If you are looking for information or advice about window replacement, take a look at this blog post written by Lou Manfredini.  Click here.  If you are a fan of NBC’s Today Show, you’ll recognize Lou as their home improvement expert.

Of course, we’d be happy to answer your questions. But independent information is always a good thing!

Look How Tough Windows Can Really Be…

This video is worth a minute of your time. Check out Integrity Windows by Marvin (fiberglass)!

One tough cookie!