Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving we sure do have a lot to be thankful for....

Photos taken by April of April Cole Photography



Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Window Types for Historic Houses

Thank you all for the well wishes and congratulations on the arrival of our twin girls. We are all hanging in there and adjusting to life with these sweet babies. Sleep is certainly a luxury sometimes hard to come by and our days are a never-ending cycle of nursing, changing diapers, laundry and baby chores. Thank goodness I have family to help out!

Now on to the real post: I'm warning you now, I may go on a *bit* of a rant here when it comes to windows in historic houses. As you all probably know, I am VERY partial to retaining original windows not just because it preserves the original fabric and historic integrity of the property, but also for practical, sustainable, functional and economic reasons.

But before I get too much into why old houses need to retain their original windows (perhaps I'll save it for the next post) , I'd like to start by highlighting some common types of original historic windows and the various ways that a lot of homeowners end up replacing them. Sometimes when an older home is purchased the owner may find the original windows were already replaced, and they may have the task of choosing new ones that best fit the historic character of the home.

Here are some various types you may see on older or historic buildings:

1. Double hung, wooden, 6/6 sash

Beaufort, NC

Chowan County, NC

2. Double hung, wooden, 2/2 sash

Midway, KY

Perquimans County, NC

3. Double hung, wooden 1/1 sash

4. Double hung, wooden 4/4 sash

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5. Double hung, 9/9 sash

Andrews-Moore House, Franklin County, NC

Window from Concord United Methodist Church, ca. 1928, McDowell County, NC

7. Fixed windows

Ernest Swarts House, Guilford County, NC

Interior of Ernest Swarts House, Guilford County, NC

8. Aluminum awning or "hopper" style windows (typically found on mid-century buildings)

9. Decorative, leaded glass, or stained glass windows (often fixed)

Woodford County, KY

10. Casement windows, wood or metal

Durham County, NC

Durham County, NC

This is just a small sampling of various types of windows found on historic buildings. Many more types exist not shown here that you may be familiar with or have seen before. For example, some houses have "cottage style" double-hung wood sash windows, with a six-over-one sash profile.

What window types do you have in your historic house? Or perhaps you may have a type not shown here that is common to your region?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Twins are Here!

And we have two baby girls!!!!! We were in utter shock as we surely thought we'd be having a boy/girl set or two boys- so when our little ones came out they gave us quite the surprise!


June and Georgia

4 lb 11 oz  and 4 lb 12 oz

Born October 24 at 36 weeks, both head down vaginally at 7:18 and 7:45 

We couldn't be more in love with these precious babies- praise be to God!