If there’s a TV show we love, it’s This Old House. A big mission of ours is preserving historic windows and This Old House teaches techniques and ideas for bringing old dwellings back to their former glory. Houses with windows painted shut, beat up floors and water damaged ceilings can seem overwhelming, but these old house gurus get right to it, fixing and restoring. They reveal what’s possible!
Have you ever seen a 150 year old house where the homeowners got bad advice and replaced their old growth original wood windows with new vinyl ones?
Indow presents an original solution to this perennial problem.
This Old House comes calling
You can imagine how happy we were when the owners of the 1895 Victorian in Belmont, Massachusetts featured in the current This Old House decided to order Indow inserts. Like many historic homeowners, Katherine and Murat Bicer had some unusually shaped windows – arches in this case – that were drafty.
They didn’t want to cover these single-pane beauties with exterior storms but couldn’t ignore the drafts. Not when This Old House was bringing their historic dwelling back to life from the foundation to the rafters for a 16-part television series. The episode we’re airing in is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on KOPB Channel 10 in Portland. To find out where it airs near you, plug in your zip code to find your local listing.
“We really care a lot about our windows,” said Katherine. “We’ve gotten pretty crazy about them.”
Indow regularly makes special geometry window inserts from batwings to rounds.
On one of the arched windows that opened, Indow divided it with the company’s custom mullion bracket so the Bicers could remove just the lower Indow insert if they wanted to open the window for a fresh breeze. They also later ordered a Privacy Grade insert for one of the windows so they could maintain privacy but still enjoy light.
“We love them,” said Katherine. “You can barely see them – they don’t impact the way a window looks at all. They sit so perfectly. And definitely one of the huge pros of the Indow insert is that you don’t have the profile of the storm window on the exterior of the house.”