Category: Historic Preservation

Energy Analysis: Original Wood Windows versus Replacement Windows

What's the real cost of replacement windows? We think there are so many reasons to save original wood windows versus replacing them. Unfortunately, the advertisements of replacement window companies are loud, and claims of the money that can be saved in energy costs are vehement. What isn’t mentioned is the fact that replacement windows won’t last long enough to make that savings legitimate, or all the embodied energy costs that are involved in the replacement window process. When you dig a little deeper, is it really a savings? We know people like the numbers, so let’s look at some: Single…

YES, Old Wood Windows Can Be Energy Efficient!

One of the most common things we hear is, “old wood windows are not energy efficient.” This idea becomes the rationale behind why many old wood windows end up in the landfill. Unfortunately, many people are misinformed and fall for these claims that wood windows are not energy efficient. The truth is old wood windows can be made just as energy efficient as new, double-glazed windows. Like any building component, they need the necessary care and upkeep to maintain both operation and energy efficiency. Original wood windows can compete effectively against newer replacements when these needs are met: Properly Maintained…

Kronenberger & Sons Restoring Connecticut State Capitol Skylights

KSR was really excited to be chosen to work on restoration efforts once again at our State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. During this extensive project, KSR served as the General Contractor for the project. We were responsible for overseeing the replacement of the Capitols’ atrium skylights and the subsequent restoration required following the installation of the new skylights. This project represents the first major work done on the Capitol in almost 40 years, and the KSR team was honored to be part of this monumental undertaking. The $1.62 million contract for the work began once the 2023 Legislative Session concluded…

Our Approach to Restoring Historic Windows

We restore a lot of wood windows and doors here at Kronenberger & Sons, so we’ve developed a pretty comprehensive approach to bringing them back to life – to “like new” condition if you will. One thing that makes us unique here at KSR is that we have divisions dedicated to the different components of a restoration project. One of those dedicated areas is our windows and doors shop. Our thorough restoration practices, starting with assessment and ending with precise paint thicknesses, allows us to offer expert, consistent work on every window we work on. Because we have a focused…

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Johnsonville Covered Bridge

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Ferguson Library

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Darien Congregational Church

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Durham Dairy Barn

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