It had been roughly 10 years since Hometime® – a home improvement program airing on public television and in national syndication – had visited the classic 1911 Minneapolis foursquare-style home where their latest remodeling project would take place. During their first project at the home, the Hometime crew refinished the house’s attic using Andersen® windows. For the encore, they were righting a “remuddle” committed in the 1970s when an addition expanded the kitchen and mudroom area of the house.
Project designers weren’t looking to recreate the original kitchen, but rather envisioned a functional space to meet the family’s needs while working in harmony with the home’s original character.
As they mapped out the space in the same footprint, they realized the 1970s era Andersen casement windows functioned fine but were the wrong size and in the wrong places. It was decided to remove the existing windows and replace them with new Andersen 400 Series windows. While they were at it, the team also replaced the door with an Andersen A-Series inswing patio door custom-sized for the opening.
With the kitchen project solved, “project creep” began to take hold, as is often the case in home improvement. Studying the architectural features of the home, the design team began to focus on the original oak double-hung windows in the dining room. The sashes were so heavily painted, and the sash cords were in such poor condition that the windows were basically unusable. The trim and millwork, however, were beautiful; the perfect application for Andersen’s Woodwright® double-hung replacement windows. Using Woodwright windows gave the Hometime team an energy efficient, custom-sized solution and low-maintenance on the exterior while offering the option to choose an oak interior to match the millwork. The Woodwright insert, with its innovative design, not only matched the oak interior, but preserved the original look of the home far better than other replacement window options.
The homeowners were thrilled with the end result — a more functional kitchen and architecturally authentic windows in the dining room that blend so well with the home’s style, it looks like they’ve always been there. Check out the episode summaries on the Hometime website here and here.