October 4, 2021

Dealing with Historic Windows

I go back to our Beacon Hill project and show you the beautifully restored historic windows and what was done to make them operate smoothly once again.


It’s a big day here in Beacon Hill—there’s finally natural light streaming in through the windows! We had been working in the bedroom for weeks with no natural light, so you can imagine the anticipation of receiving the windows back from the restoration company. These are the original double-hung windows which have been painstakingly restored. The old finish has been cleaned up and a new finish was brushed on. The goal was not to make these windows appear brand-new; the intent was to clean and restore. And all the hardware has been replaced with an antique brass which really pops.


Not only did the windows need to look great, but they needed to work easily. Rubber bubble seals were added to the windows as well as a new mahogany guide. Gasketing and air stopping details were restored to allow the windows to perform better. Replacing the old ropes with antique brass chain and new window weights allows the windows to slide up and down effortlessly and safely. Next, new trim will be installed and everything gets a fresh coat of paint.  

In case you were wondering why we didn’t replace the glass panes—it’s actually mandated by the Beacon Hill landmark commission that all of the glass, unless it’s broken, must stay original. If the glass is broken and needs to be replaced, it must be with solid plate glass to match what is adjacent to it.

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen.

—Nick Schiffer


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