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Are Historic Windows Energy Efficient?

By Scott Sidler | February 27, 2017

Are Historic Windows Energy Efficient?

This week were on to claim 2 of mine that is so often refuted by energy gurus, developers, and the replacement window industry. I’m going to take a wrecking ball to these ludicrous claims in this post and in the […]

Is Preservation Good For Property Values?

By Scott Sidler | February 20, 2017

Last week I wrote about how I’m coming for the doubter and status quo keepers inside and outside of preservation. Well, this week I start to put my money where my mouth is and prove my points so you can […]

Proving Preservation

By Scott Sidler | February 13, 2017

proving preservation

As I write this I’m sitting in my hotel room in Tampa halfway through a great weekend workshop with a ton of amazing historic preservationists. I’ve written about a few of them in an earlier post and these people truly […]

A Tale of Two Windows

By Scott Sidler | February 6, 2017

a tale of two windows

Betty’s Story Hi my name’s Betty! You’re probably wondering, but yes, I am a window. A 6-over-6 double hung to be exact. I know it’s unusual to find a speaking window but there are a few of us around if […]

How To: Remove Aluminum Siding

By Scott Sidler | January 30, 2017

how to remove aluminum siding

I get a lot of questions from people about removing their aluminum siding and potentially getting back to the original wood underneath. Is it possible? Is it feasible? What will I find? After all, siding is one of the 5 […]

Jalousie Jealousy: The Story of the Jalousie Window

By Scott Sidler | January 23, 2017

jalousie jealousy jalousie windows

The jalousie window (pronounced jal–uh-see) exploded onto the scene in the middle of the last century. I find that people either love them or hate them with no middle ground for compromise. It’s almost so polarizing that jalousie windows have become the third […]

6 Reasons to Keep Your Plaster

By Scott Sidler | January 16, 2017

6 reasons to keep your plaster

Plaster is one of my favorite features in an old house and one that is easily overlooked. After all, how much do you really notice a wall or ceiling unless something is wrong with it. That being said I think […]

How To: Install The Nest Thermostat

By Scott Sidler | January 9, 2017

how to install the nest thermostat

Just because you have an old home doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in the dark ages of electronics. Modern technology like The Nest Thermostat can very easily be incorporated into historic buildings to make them energy efficient all-stars. […]