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Interior Storm Windows on This Old House

When This Old House needed customer interior storm windows, they turned to Indow for help. 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 Needed Interior Storm Windows, Called Indow

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.TOH-vintage-photgraph-5 (1)

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.   

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“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.”

Enjoy this type of content? At Indow, preserving historic windows is very important to us. We help architects across the country make original windows energy efficient with our inserts – read about it here. 


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  1. Bob Matthews February 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I saw the TV show “This old house” today and think your window inserts might be just the answer I have been looking for. I have (7) Anderson windows in my basement that are single pane windows. I don’t know why Anderson doesn’t make these tilt out windows in a double pane version. But, they just don’t. Can I just send you the inside dimensions and have you ship them to me? The inside dimensions are: 32 1/8″ wide X 21 1/4″ high.
    Do you have your products for sale at Home Depot or Lowes? Also, what would the cost be for this size insert?
    Bob Matthews

    • spardue February 23, 2016 at 3:14 am - Reply

      Hi Bob, Thank you so much for your interest. Can you give us a call at 503-284-2260? We’d be happy to help you get an estimate together. Our products are not for sale on Home Depot or Lowes. We sell through a nationwide network of dealers. If you are outside one of our dealer’s territories we will be happy to sell directly to you. We laser measure and custom manufacture each insert, which is important because 95% of the window frames are significantly out of square. The cost ends up being around the same as good quality custom blinds, or about $24 per square foot. If you purchase through a dealer they may add a modest measure and installation fee.

  2. don Murrell February 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Hello. I live in Niagara falls New York. I would like to know where your nearest dealer is.I have six windows in a old house that are not square.They all about 34 inchs by 70 inchs but as I said they are not square as to show you one is 34inchs at the top and 35 at the bottom. Can these windows be made that way.I can send you all the sizes if you can make them. Hope to hear from you to see if we can work something out

  3. Carrie Sturrock March 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Don, thank you for getting in touch! It looks like you have been working with our Fit Specialist Ryan. We hope he answered all your questions but please email us at [email protected] if you need any further assistance. We would love to help bring comfort to your historic home!

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  5. Mary Hoff July 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I would like to know if there is a local installer for the Indow windows instead of my investing in storm windows.

    • Marielle Breneman July 23, 2016 at 3:45 am - Reply

      Hi Mary!
      We would love to connect you with a local installer!
      The best way to find out the one for your area would be to fill out our zero-obligation Free Estimate form; when you input your zip code that’s how we connect you with your local dealer.
      Also, feel free to give us a call at 503-284-2260. We’re happy to answer any questions!

  6. Michael Hudson August 31, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I searched the TV shows immediately after I saw your post. I have to admit it’s really a good show. My family has fan-shaped windows, too. My dad has always wanted to change it, but it’s difficult. We need to watch more of your TV shows.

  7. carrie August 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Glad you were able to find the show! Indow inserts work really well for windows with unusual shapes that need insulation – circles, triangles, ovals, you name it 🙂

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