Choosing Replacement Windows For the Historic Home

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“Pembroke is such a charming town,” Victoria said. “I grew up in California, where most of the houses are younger than I am. Here in Massachusetts, you have homes with some history on them. These buildings have been around for a while. They’ve seen some things.”

The home Victoria and her husband Curtis purchased isn’t on the historic buildings registry, but it is an older home. “We have the best of both worlds in this situation,” Curtis said. “We’ve got the aesthetic that’s important to Victoria, but when it comes time to do repairs or upgrades, we’re free to do what’s best for our family.”

The Pembroke home’s windows had previously been replaced. “We aren’t entirely sure, but our best guess is that this upgrade happened in the early nineties,” Victoria said. “It’s pretty clear that that homeowner’s focus was on saving money – the windows are, except for one in the kids’ bedroom upstairs, in pretty good shape. But they don’t look right, inside or out: the vinyl interiors are very boxy and square and the window units as a whole just don’t fit the style of the house.”

Working with their Pembroke replacement window company, Victoria and Curtis discovered wood-clad vinyl replacement windows. “Absolutely a game changer as far as I’m concerned,” Victoria said. “We’ve brought back some of the elegance and style to the living room, front room and kitchen – the primary rooms we use for entertaining. In the kids’ room we went with the vinyl clad again – the easy clean window sills are a huge help when you have toddlers. Now the house looks great from the street too: it’s amazing how much of a difference having the right windows can make.”