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New Westminster Heritage Workshop a Hit

Click the link to read an article from local paper, The Record, on workshop hosted by the City of New Westminster:

New Westminster Heritage Workshop a Hit

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Introducing Kathy

Hi, my name Kathy Johnson, I am part owner of Housewright Building & Restoration. I come to this work after a long history as a creative person, I have a theatre degree from SFU, I make new objects out of cast off clothing, reupholster and restore furniture found on the side of the road and design gardens; I am a maker and a fixer and someone who sees beauty in old things. What I like about restoring windows, is taking a sash that looks likes it good for nothing but landfill and restoring it to is original purpose and useful beauty. Each project is unique and the process of transformation always fascinating.

In the next few weeks I am going to lead you step by step through the transformation of a stained glass window sash from beginning to finished product. I hope you enjoy the journey.

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Sustainability and Your Wood Windows

Sustainability and heritage go hand in hand. By preserving the historic elements of your home, such as the windows, not only are you preserving a unique piece of our cultural heritage that would be difficult and expensive to replicate in today’s world, but you are keeping precious resources out of the landfill. Wood windows are made of endlessly repairable components, wood and glass. Glass is easily replaced or reglazed and if the wood is damaged, it can be repaired and in rare cases replaced. Most windows will not require extensive repairs. When your windows have been repaired they will not only look better, they will be weather tight and ready to last for another 50 to 100 years. Try getting that kind of value from a vinyl window. You might be surprised to see how nicely your windows will look after being repaired and repainted even if their condition seems beyond hope.

To explore this topic of sustainability further please check the links on the Vancouver Heritage foundation website and their free downloadable booklet
NEW LIFE OLD BUILDINGS: Your Green Guide to Heritage Conservation
http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/sustainability.html

Other links specific to windows
The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows: John H. Myers
http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/briefs/brief09.htm

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