The Cross House
The weather has warmed up! So, I have resumed my focus on the south facade of the Cross House.
And boy, is it beat.
I have now worked on the west facade, north, and east. And most of what was there in 1894 is still there today. Very few shingles or siding needed replacing, and almost no trim.
But the south facade? Geez. The sun, combined with gutters left unattended, has just brutalized all-that-is-wood.
My intention is to help assure that this window will not look in twenty years what it looked like two weeks ago. I write twenty years because while the original lumber lasted, sorta, for 124-years, this was enabled by the fact that it was almost certainly old-growth lumber. But new lumber? Well, new lumber is mostly shit. I have zero confidence in it lasting past two decades.
Hence, a pressure-teated upper sill, and PVC trim. When it is all painted nobody will be the wiser and the restored window should have a much longer lifespan.
Good wood is still available today but at an exorbitant cost, and via a time-consuming search.
I also like the idea that my very old house can be renewed by taking advantage of modern products.