Windows, Doors & Shutters

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Old House Journal's compendium of articles about the different styles, and materials for windows, doors and shutters, including period reproductions, hardware, architectural detailing, and energy-efficiency. 

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The Case for Repairing Wood Windows

Making the case for the preservation of old wood windows.

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Cutting Miters for Window Trim

Shop craftsman at Woodsmith Magazine Marc Hopkins demonstrates how to trim out a window with window casing.

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Historic American Finery: Early Doors & Entries

Although construction, massing, and various elements help identify a house’s style, the entryway and doors often provide obvious clues.

Despite the amount of glass, these triple-glazed french doors from JELD-WEN could qualify for Federal energy tax credits.

Energy-Efficient Windows for Old Houses

Looking to cut your energy costs and perhaps score a tax credit? Plenty of period-friendly windows and doors meet the new standards.

Photo: Scot Zimmerman

Period Screen Doors

Nothing beats a wooden screen door for old-fashioned appeal.

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Door Styles in Early America

Discover the various door styles commonly used in early American architecture.

Double-hungs with a Queen Anne top sash are the highlight of this turret room.

The Evolution of Old-House Windows

Windows evolved through time to help define the houses they accompany.

Whether operable or not, shutters must always be wide enough to cover the entire window when closed.

7 Shutter Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

It's easy to make mistakes when adding shutters to a historic house. Here are 7 big ones to avoid.

On a ca. 1860 italianate house in cape may, new jersey, shutters on every floor—even tucked between the corbels—add to the curb appeal.

The Best Shutters for Old Houses

Not every historic house had shutters, but many need them to look their best.

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Traditional Window & Door Designs for New Old Houses

Whether restoring, renovating, or shopping for new old windows and doors, you will face both opportunities and challenges as you stand on the threshold of faithfulness to the past and judicious use of present technologies.

Cast hardware is heavier than wrought, and has a relatively flat back. (On wrought hardware, the stamped design will be evident on the back of the piece.)

The Evolution of Entry Hardware

Entry doors are a visitor’s introduction to your house. And as people open your door, the doorknob is akin to a handshake.

Fontenot door by Crestview Doors

12 Ideas for Old-House Doors

Outfit your Victorian, Colonial Revival, Arts & Crafts, or mid-century entry in style.

Ted Robertson hangs the good-as-new shutters on the Gothic Revival house.

How To Repair Deteriorated Shutters

Architecture is all about the details—Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe expressed this best with his famous statement that “God is in the details.” Shutters are inarguably one of a house’s most significant details; historically, they shielded delicate fabrics from the sun, protected fragile glass from inclement weather, and also offered security, privacy, and ventilation. Now merely window dressing, shutters are frequently misunderstood and installed as an afterthought.

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Find Garage Doors that Fit Your Home’s Style

Keys to a compatible garage, with sources for period-appropriate doors.

With some tune-ups, original doors can be just as efficient as new ones.

4 Ideas for Energy-Efficient Doors

Follow these 4 steps to keep a lock on energy savings.

A Tudor house in New York makes a dramatic case for the importance of original windows.

Going Back to Original Windows

See how one family swapped out newer windows for ones closer to the original look and feel.

Striped awnings protect a beachside Queen Anne.

How To Save Energy With Awnings

Awnings for your old house can help save you money on your energy bills.

Many companies offer new windows that take cues from historic architecture.  Kolbe has Classic and Heritage window series.

8 Tips for Energy-Efficient Old Windows

Repair or replace? The ongoing tug-of-war has gotten more heated with renewed concern about energy use. Here are 8 guidelines to help you decide.

Large banks of divided top lights with unique shapes, such as the arched profile shown here, reflect historic architectural details.

How to Choose a Garage Door

Finding a garage door that blends in with your house and enhances your curb appeal is all about playing the matching game.

Does your décor include motifs in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? Even a simple "Shaker"-style "T" door, like this one from Simpson Door, can be dressed up with leaded glass to coordinate.

Windows, Doors, and the Decor

Most doors and windows are sold on the basis of how they will look on the outside of the house. Manufacturers have stepped up their offerings in recent years, enticing prospective buyers with entry doors in dozens of wood species, and built-to-order windows in hundreds of stock and custom colors or wood tints. But how well do these products do when it comes to matching your interior décor, specifically existing casing and built-in elements like paneling?

Connecticut-based firm Whitten Architects incorporated a transom over these six-over-six sash windows.

Windows for New Old Houses

For convincing new-old windows, every detail counts.

Louvered shutters from Atlantic Premium Shutter

Exterior Shutters and Hardware

Forget about fake aluminum shutters fixed to the house with lag bolts. A vintage house deserves shutters with real raised panels, louvers, or some combination of the two.

Many millwork manufacturers were inspired by original Arts & Crafts doors, such as this one with an operating casement window.

Arts & Crafts Door Options

Today, millwork companies are opening up to the look of early 20th-century Arts & Crafts doors.

Products of the Week

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Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations, gift and commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware, ornaments and both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs and offers classes, workshops, lectures, internships and residency programs for studio potters and other artists.