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Northshore Home Summer 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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Vettis™ Bath Collection seem at first glance. "Sometimes it's just a case of flak- ing paint," she explains. Yes, the window looks sad, but some sanding and repainting will set it right. More often, a rotted bottom piece (where the rain settles) requires replacing. Broken window panes are a cinch to fix and practiced hands can putty evenly and securely to keep everything in place. "And then the window is good for another hundred years," she beams. Why exactly is she opposed to replacing with a new product? If you have an hour or two, Hardy can recount the many reasons. For example, older windows were usually meticulously constructed. "Windows don't take a lot of wood," she reasons, "so better-quality, old- growth wood was used for window construction. They were beautifully made, and they don't deserve to be thrown out," is her stand. Interestingly, in the average pre-1830 home, win- dows tended to be fairly uniform. Why? "Because glass was originally shipped from Europe, only a few sizes were available," Hardy explains. And early glassmaking was an art that few Americans attempted. Of course, custom windows were always configured for the homes of those with means—especially during the late 1700s. But the usual six-over-six configuration was the norm. And as you might suspect, Window Woman of New Window Woman of New England stashes an arsenal of old windows and their components—including lots of original glass—to support her projects. crafts

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