Old House General | Award Winning Craftsmanship Since 1994
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Established in 1994, The Old House General has resurrected a trade that had been lost to history.

Using traditional methods, true old growth woods and modern materials we have returned thousands of vintage windows to full function, weather tightness and beauty. Whether in the field or the shop we believe that our work is without peer and our customers agree having given us the Petaluma Heritage Homes Outstanding Professional Preservation Award for the body of our work in that city. We look forward to helping you with your window restoration needs.

Retain the value and architectural integrity of your vintage home or building. The original windows are the best ever made and deserve a fate better than a trip to the landfill. Restoration makes sense from a historic and functional Old House Generalperspective. All vintage windows can be restored and retrofit with sound buffering and or dual glazed units where appropriate.

The evolution of the modern window since 1950 is a study in planed obsolescence. Vintage windows built before that time were not only built to last a lifetime, they were designed to be restored. By 1900, craftsmen had been developing the double hung window for two hundred and fifty years and other configurations for even longer. To accept the notion that these windows are somehow inferior to any widow built today is unfounded. Constructed of old growth wood, using mortise and tenon joinery and utilizing a balance system powered by gravity these windows are the finest ever made. Under all that paint and caulk are windows deserving of a fate better than a trip to the land fill.

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