Anyone who knows Rory, knows he has a soft spot in his wee heart for all things wood. He is well-known for his expertise in the restoration of heritage homes; fabricating intricate wood details, restoring original interior and exterior trims, and consulting on sympathetic additions. But you may not know that he is an emphatic advocate for the restoration and custom replication of wood windows and doors. You might even say, he loves them.
If you also love your wood windows and doors but do not consider yourself an expert, Rory would be happy to discuss their restoration, replacement and maintenance with you (reputty, fresh paint or storm windows, anyone?). Be prepared for him to extol the benefits (naturally insulating, long-lasting and environmentally-friendly) and the drawbacks (a little bit of care–see maintenance).
You chose an historic home for many reasons, including an appreciation for built heritage meant to last many lifetimes, as well its quality, proportion and beauty. There aren't many Rorys in this business, its easier to replace with vinyl (please, don't) but the original windows and doors are an integral part of your home's unique character and deserve your consideration.
Catherine Cassidy is a Designer (and Rory's biggest fan) with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in restorations and renovations of old houses.
I am a licensed carpenter,