Month: October 2013

Quality or Quantity (Which Does Your Home Have?)

By Scott Sidler

I grew up in Texas so I like everything big. Big sky, big acreage, big pickup trucks and big steaks. There’s something about a 36 oz steak called the “widow maker” that appeals to me. Maybe it’s the challenge. Maybe […]

Italianate Architectural Style

By Scott Sidler

Italianate Style House

The Italianate style was an elaborate architectural style popular in the U.S. at much the same time as the Gothic Revival style, from the early 1840s until the mid 1880s. The Italianate style was extraordinarily popular in the northeast, midwest […]

How To: Paint a Wood Window Sash

By Scott Sidler

Old Window

After all the hard work is done restoring a wood window, there is one final step: painting your window sash. Painting a window is by far the most important part of the process because it protects all the work underneath. […]

Dip Stripping Windows: Don’t Do It!

By Scott Sidler

Dip stripped windows

One of my first large scale window restoration jobs was to fully restore all 38 sashes on a 1950s Colonial Revival. I had restored close to 100 old windows by the time this job came around and had gotten pretty […]