Season 1, Episode 12

Detroit, MI: 1913 Craftsman-Style Cottage -- Windows Rehab

Scooter and Kolleen Jones are new 'old house' owners and have embraced the challenges of restoring a 1913 two-story craftsman cottage. The Jones say they have abandoned the suburban life for good in favor of the great neighborhood atmosphere of historic Indian Village -- the enclave their home is in. Kolleen's engineering background and Scooter's problem solving skills as a sound/lighting rigger has left practically no place on the house untouched. But owning this charming period house has provided some real challenges -- including rebuilding the rafter tails of the roof and hanging copper guttering. After stabilizing the roof and gutter system, the Jones turned their attention to a number of interior projects. Now, because of the cold Michigan weather, Scooter was considering the replacing the drafty old windows. That is until he met a local craftsman who explained the merits of his old windows and that they were, in fact, worthy of rescue. Scooter and Kolleen now seek to strip the windows and re-hang the original sashes. That's where Restoration Realities enters the scenario. We teach the couple how to replace the sash cords and put new stops in the window to keep out those winter drafts. On the outside, their window sills have rotted from age and weather. We remove the rotten sills and show them how to install new ones.
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