Bill Roberts
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What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson Jan 26, 2013.

FREE Mid-Century Cupboards
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Window Replacement???
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Stone Sep 21, 2011.


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Bill Hendrickson replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"Get the look and get the best quality you can afford. We have replaced cheap old windows (I say this as they were in an addition early in the house's life but were falling apart, whereas the original windows are in great shape) with Marvin…"
Jan 26, 2013
Bill Roberts replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"Thank you Randall, I just sent you and email via your website contact information.  Bill"
Jan 2, 2013
Bill Roberts replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"Thank you Bruce.  Your point is well taken as I have no desire to have disposable windows.  My primary residence fell victim to modern replacement windows before I bought the property in 1996.  Now, not even 20 years later, all five…"
Jan 2, 2013
Bruce Bennett replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"Our 1864 house has had 'high quality' replacement windows done to one wing in the 1970's - those are now totally shot, hardware and all... The double-pane has clouded on the inside of all of them, and all require a total re-do. On the…"
Jan 2, 2013
Randall Marder replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"Hi, I can also help guide you through your journey. You can contact me via my website I do travel if requested. Yours Randall Marder"
Dec 30, 2012
Sean Maher replied to Bill Roberts's discussion What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!
"I think I recall reading about something like that on John Leeke's site, historic homeworks.  Send him a message, he's very responsive. Sean"
Dec 24, 2012
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What to do about windows? The $64,000 Question!!

My wife and I own a 1911 "transitional" farmhouse here in Wisconsin (not the Victorian pictured above) that is a pleasing mix of Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture.  The property is fairly pristine due to the fact that it sat empty through the 1950s and 1960s -- so it never suffered any re-muddling.  In fact it didn't have electricity until 1971 and indoor plumbing made its debut in the home in 1994!  One casualty of sitting empty for 20 years was that many of the original…See More
Dec 23, 2012
Josh Stone replied to Bill Roberts's discussion Window Replacement???
"Give Seal-Rite Windows a call and talk to Josh Stone or Chris Crane   816-941-7004"
Sep 21, 2011

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Tell us about yourself:
I am a special education teacher who has had a fascination with historic preservation and architectural history since childhood. I have been a subscriber to OHJ since my teens and have every issue (my folks purchased back issues for me in the mid-70s as a birthday present) ever printed stored in the attic of my 1899 Victorian -- which distresses my wife to a great degree when trying to organize our attic!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
The first house I restored was an 1885 stick style cottage in the mid 1980s. In 1996, I was able to purchase my great-grandparents', and subsequently my grandparents', 1899 vernacular Italianate home that my wife and I are continuing to restore. I also own a 1911 farmhouse that has an interesting mix of late Victorian and Arts & Crafts design elements that my wife and I are working to restore as a retirement home.

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Help w/ scorch marks?

Does anyone have an easy way to remove scorch marks from a shellac base finish? When our granddaughter was baptized in front of the fireplace in our parlor, heat from two candles scorched the finish on the underside of the over-mantle and we are hoping that someone out there has a better solution to lightening the dark spots (about 1.5" in diameter) than stripping the entire underside of the over-mantle.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 11:32am — 12 Comments

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At 4:08pm on December 30, 2008, Barbara Rhines said…
Hi Bill,
It sounds like an interesting chair. I wish I could say the paint and decals serve as protective layers, like the dust on my furniture, but it sounds like careful stripping is in order. (I've heard that a heat gun can get through the paint to the original finish below but there is a scorching risk.) Bruce Johnson, the organizer of the Grove Park Inn's annual Arts and Crafts conference comes to mind as a good resource -- both for recreating or saving Arts and Crafts-era finishes and as an expert on Roycroft furniture. He wrote a book a while back called The Weekend Refinisher, which gives a great overview of furniture stripping and refinishing, with emphasis on A&C finishes. He also knows Roycroft furniture quite well because the Roycroft Shops made furniture for the Grove Park Inn (GPI). He's written a new book on the history of the GPI. You may want to check out the GPI A&C Conference Web site for contact information.

Roycroft furniture is very well made and rather rare. The exception is the Little Journeys bookstand which is fairly common (I have one). It was mailed flat and assembled at home (pre-IKEA). A chair would be valuable and worth treating well. You may also want to check out the Web sites of the Roycrofters in East Aurora, including the Roycrofters-at-Large Association


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