Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


Des Moines Rehabbers Club Meeting: April 5, 2008

What a perfect day we had for our meeting today! It was sunny, breezy, and warmer than it’s been all spring so far.

The host of our meeting was Aaron who is working on the finishing touches on an early 20th century transitional house (Victorian to Craftsman I think) in the River Bend neighborhood. Back in the early 2000s the house was in total shambles. The owner previous to Aaron did the hard work of making the house livable again and now there are smaller, but time consuming projects to finish to make the house complete. The biggest project on the agenda right now is the windows. They’re all original and badly in need of new glazing, weather stripping, and refinishing.

Lucky for Aaron, an experienced window rehabber lives right next door! Angela Thorne owns a house built by the same architect that built Aaron’s house, and works with a restoration group. She did us the honor of demonstrating from start to finish how to remove old double hung windows, take them apart, repair them, and put them back together. It was a detailed lesson in window maintenance that everybody who attended the meeting just soaked up.

As we went around the room, nearly half of the people introducing themselves are facing a project with their own windows right now, and many of us are inexperienced at window maintenance. Fortunately, in addition to Angela’s expertise, we had Jack Porter and some other more experienced rehabbers there to offer their insight.

I took quite a lot of video of Angela’s presentation, so rather than describe the whole process in this blog post, I’m going to edit together a complete video and post it here on the blog. It was just so much easier than trying to write down all the jewels of wisdom everyone had to share. Thank goodness for hand held recording technology!

So stay tuned! Video will be up shortly. In the meantime, check out www.renovatedsm.com for more information about windows and to see some photos that other members took today.

[tags] windows, glazing, Des Moines Rehabbers Club[/tags]

Tags: ,

One Response to “Des Moines Rehabbers Club Meeting: April 5, 2008”

  1. April 6th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Jennifer says:

    I can’t wait for the video!

Leave a Reply