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
|Chowan County, NC|
2. Double hung, wooden, 2/2 sash
|Perquimans County, NC|
3. Double hung, wooden 1/1 sash
4. Double hung, wooden 4/4 sash
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?