Front Façade Makeover – From Ho-hum to Holy Cow!

Challenge:  The owner of this circa 1908 building in Bucktown felt that the windows and entryway were looking bit tired.  She had a vision to do a complete front facade makeover to not only give it a new look but also to upgrade the function and performance of her windows and door.

New Marvin Insert Clad Windows -Ebony

Solution: The windows were fairly straightforward.  We replaced all of the funky, chunky vinyl windows with new Marvin Insert Double Hung units in an Ebony clad finish.  However, after removing the aluminum capping covering the old brickmould, it was discovered to be badly deteriorated.  We remedied this by milling new brickmould with a bit simpler, but still historically correct profile.  A fresh coat of color-matched Ebony paint finished off the windows.

The front door entry was a dramatic change.  The owner selected a beautiful Craftsman style wood door from Simpson in Sapele Mahogany and chose a dark stain color to tie it together with the new ebony windows.   All of the porch trim was transformed from white to a shade of yellow to complement the yellow brick on the building.

Transformation complete!  The owner and her very outgoing pooch were very happy.

Old entry door
Entrance – Before
New Simpson Entry Door
Entrance – After