There are beautifully constructed buildings and properties across the country that tell a story of the past. These places relate the lives of those who once lived inside; people who somehow left an impact on the world. When new owners seek to carry on the traditions of these homesteads they often choose to preserve the original interior and exterior building components as best as they can. If significant damage has occurred due to age, weather, and time they look to obtain accurate reproductions.

This is the scenario that our company, Century Woodworking, faced when a builder contacted us about a property located in upstate New York.

The exterior windows and doors on one sprawling ranch house had a significant paint issue.  The builder and homeowner decided to replace the old windows and doors with crank-out casement windows and French doors.

Replacing Outdoor Windows Without Disturbing Interior Trim

While replacing doors and windows can be a routine task, the homeowners had one additional requirement that made the job more challenging: The interior trim needed to remain untouched. The existing units were made of alder and had a split finish of stained interior and painted exterior. Installing new windows and doors without removing the interior trim required the work of a specialist. Due to our thirty plus years of experience working with builders and architects to create high-quality custom doors, windows, and millwork, the builder and homeowner chose Century Woodworking.

Working closely with the builder, we performed a thorough survey of the site. Draftsmen evaluated and measured the windows and doors in detail, in order to create custom replacements that would fit exactly within the present measurements. Using these precise dimensions, our craftsmen produced custom crank-out casement windows and French doors that were a perfect fit.

The builder and homeowner were so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship provided by Century Woodworking that they requested another door to be made for an out-building that matched the architecture of the rest of the house. Both the homeowner and builder were very happy with this very successful update to this Adirondack homestead!

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