Unless a building is completely gutted,
installing new window units often
greatly outweighs the cost of restoration
in place. Restoration also preserves the
historic character of the windows and
surrounds. Keeping within budget takes
careful planning. Start by familiarizing
yourself with the materials you are
working with and the restoration techniques
that are available.
The first step in planning is to divide
the windows into their basic categories.
It is not unusual to have more than one
type of window in a facade. How many
are double-hung, casement, or fixed
transom? Do you have windows that
pivot rather than hinge?
What material, or combination of
materials, are the windows made of?
Are they wood or metal, and what