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Preserving the Charm of a Craftsman Bungalow

//Preserving the Charm of a Craftsman Bungalow

Preserving the Charm of a Craftsman Bungalow

insulating bungalows without changing their character The house style known as Craftsman Bungalow are famous for their quality construction, use of natural materials, and unique personalities that can change from house to house. These homes are typically built prior to 1940, and homeowners all over the US are forming communities online to show their pride in the remodel and preservation of the original character. Blogs such as Bungalowcious, the Bungalow Guy, and Laurelhurst Craftsman show the love and care homeowners shower on their historic craftsman bungalows. My craftsman bungalow story is certainly unique: in order to preserve my own historic windows, I invented Indow Windows, and am now on a mission to help homeowners across the country to preserve their original windows while conserving energy. Craftsman Bungalow Rippling Glass That’s right: it all started here in my charming craftsman bungalow located in Portland, OR. I loved the rippling glass, but I hated the chill it brought during the winters, and I knew the amount of energy I was wasting was incredibly harmful to the environment. Replacement options brought the bill up to $30,000 and I knew I would lose the charm of the original windows with their rippling glass and old growth timber construction.  Other storm windows either damaged the existing frame or took away from the beauty I was trying to hard to preserve. craftsman bungalow One day, I looked at my refrigerator door and thought, “that’s it!” We developed a compression tubing and Indow Windows was born. insulating bungalow windows with Indow window inserts I am so excited to be helping other homeowners achieve the comfort and energy savings they deserve in their historic homes, especially in other craftsman bungalows. There are still a billion single pane windows in the United States though! We really have our work cut out for us, but our vision of comfort and sustainability is continually driving us forward. It’s amazing to see these communities of homeowners who want to take enjoy their existing windows while reducing their impact on the environment and increasing their comfort. It is attainable, and I am proud that Indow Windows is helping work towards that solution.

By |2018-09-20T23:05:56+00:00July 13th, 2013|Historic Preservation|4 Comments

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  1. Angela March 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Love it!!! Also love the choice of paint color. Could you share please?? Thank you!!! 🙂

    • spardue March 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Angela,
      Thank you so much for the nice comment. The outside color of our house is a custom shade of chartreuse. My wife Eugenia is an artist ( and she wanted something more vibrant than the Cape Cod grey that used to adorn so many Portland homes.
      Eugenia’s inspiration from our house came from a Versace dress ad! The whole idea made me a little nervous at first but it turned out to be very beautiful. Our house has five colors, all drawn from that dress:)
      Warm regards,

  2. Krista Cogburn February 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    We just purchased a 1928 Craftsman Bungalow with single pane windows, LOTS OF THEM! We moved into the home in Dec, we live in the mtns of NC. The first freeze our windows frosted over with ice, ON THE INSIDE! We don’t want to lose the character of the home so replacing the drafty windows is not an option. I am so happy to find this site and Indow Windows! Thank you!

    • Kristina February 18, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

      Thank you for finding us Krista. We are always happy to hear about saving historic windows, particularly when they are in Craftsman homes! Please check back in with us after the installation to share the results with us – we know you will love them!

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