In my day to day life, I am largely responsible for ordering windows for my clients. So, over the course of time, I have come to learn a lot about new windows. What I have little experience with is really really old windows. And our house has really really old windows. Quite possibly the original windows. Fortunately, my very knowledgeable counterpart at work came over to the house this week to double check our window measurements. For those of you that don't know much about windows, the sides of the hole that the window goes in to is called the jamb. Our windows are so old that the jamb is carved out so the upper part of the window can slide up and down. And there are no counter weights - there is a mortared in window lock. Its pretty cool actually and I'm probably not doing a great job explaining the ins and outs.
Despite the craftsmanship - the windows need to be replaced. They need so much work to even make them function and they are not energy efficient. I would love to put Anderson Windows, but they are expensive and are not the best option for Vinyl. Even though Vinyl windows are not historically accurate, they are going to be the best fit for us, We had Harvey windows in our last house and I really liked them. They are not crazy expensive and they have an excellent warranty. Plus, since the window opening are out of square, the Vinyl windows will allow for a little bit of flexibility to fit in the opening better.
I am going to be saving all the window sashes that don't have cracked glass. I have big plans for some projects with these windows sashes that I will save for another post.