Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Early in the restoration process of The Farmhouse, we made the economic decision to repair the existing wood windows instead of buying / installing new, replacement windows.  For the most part the windows were sound, just in very, very bad repair.  They looked far worse than they were.

In researching old wood window restoration, I discovered a blog (Stucco House) by a lady who was restoring her 1924 bungalow, including its wood windows, in Minnesota.  She offered great picture tutorials and recommended reading Working Windows by Terry Meany.  I secured a (3rd Edition) copy and began to make myself familiar with the parts of wood windows and the process of their restoration.  Somewhere in my research or reading, I ran across the phrase, “we’re not building the Sistine Chapel” — meaning that if it’s good enough, that’s enough.  On page 115 of Mr. Meany’s book he states, “‘Well enough’ isn’t exactly a running theme in this book, but it is a guideline.”

We’ve used the quote “we’re not building the Sistine Chapel” many times in the restoration of The Farmhouse.  Good enough is often more than enough, as the old house has settled and shrunk and pooched and protruded in various places.  She just ain’t square no where.  But she does have lovely bones and great character.

No, we’re not building the Sistine Chapel, but today I swear I heard the Hallelujah Chorus as Handi-man and I completed the four windows (except for a touch up here or there) in the den.

Handi-man also applied a coat of stain on The Bunkhouse floor, thereby checking another item off the punch list.  The Bunkhouse is now ready for a coat of poly, baseboards and then furniture and furnishings.

 

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