One of the great things about the restoration work we do is getting to uncover the details of old structures that have been covered over through the years. Such was the case with this dormer from a prominent downtown St Marys building. The elements had taken their toll on the wooden windows and exterior details. Much had been covered over with tin and aluminum (on the left) and removing it (right side) revealed the pleasingly detailed woodwork.
We saved the original structure and replicated all of the exterior mouldings and claddings. The windows were copied and reinstalled. The numerous layers of roofing were removed and a copper roof was fabricated and installed. Here the restored dormer is "flown" back into its rightful place - to set off this great building for another 100+ years.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in restorations and renovations of old houses.
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