Quality Siding

Quality Siding

I was recently studying some details of construction in the UK, and I was struck by several things when learning about their interesting and ancient architecture.  First, the usual difference in the use of long lasting materials.  The use of stone as roofing, and clay...
Window Sashes

Window Sashes

Traditional wood window sashes are such an important part of an old building.  When they are right, they add so much character and quality to a building. We just finished a batch of window sashes for a log cabin project in Tennessee.  These are Sapele, and we used our...
Historic Wood Floors

Historic Wood Floors

Today, I want to discuss historic wood floors.  The wood floors that we encounter in our work are often heart pine, sometimes oak or chestnut.  Let’s say they were laid in the early 1800s, which means it would have been cut from mature trees.  These trees could...
Quality Roofing

Quality Roofing

 About 15 years ago, we at Vintage decided that we would not do asphalt roofing.  At the time, I made the decision based on the lack of quality and longevity.  In the past few years, I have become more opposed to using asphalt, and don’t understand why it is so...
Traditional Door Details

Traditional Door Details

Recently, we did a door and window restoration at an 1830s federal brick house in Charles Town, WV.  We restored the front door, which included sidelights and transom.  The work was phenomenal — it included original hinges which were labeled ‘Baldwin...

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