Repair, Don't Replace, Old Wood Windows - Part 2: How?
There was a classic thread from 2010 on the value of repairing old wood windows. We decided to renovate and repair our old wood windows. The problem is that there are just not skilled artisans, at least that we can find, around here. I think this is a problem that people who are not in the heart of a hot shot metro area find. We are right at the edge of the Kansas City metro area 36 miles SW down I35 from Olathe, KS, and 26 miles S of Lawrence, KS. The web site www.preservationnation.com has a window contractor map that showed one company in Lawrence, and the gentleman is now retired. Even the painters who will do the epoxy wood repair and know how to paint windows do not want to come out of Lawrence. There is supposed to be an organization called the "National Association of Window Restoration Specialists" but there are very few references to it on the web. There seem to be no up-to-date national databases of artisans or contractors who can do this type of work. Maybe a very good, experienced carpenter is all we need?
In 2011 "This Old House" did a restoration of an historic house in Bedford, MA. They restored the windows using a company, "Window Woman of New England," run by Alison Hardy. But that is New England, and further "This Old House" has the resources and contacts to find people. She did very intricate work.
So, the question is how does the average home owner proceed? How do you find these artisans?