“Historic Preservation Contractor Recommendation?”

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“Can anyone with a historic home recommend a contractor that works in DC? I’m looking at window repair, stripping siding down to the original wood, and a few other things. I’ve found plenty of trade-specific references, but I’m looking for a general contractor versed in historic preservation.”

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  • The folks at Studio Crowley Hall are great. They are architects, but if they can’t take care of your project they may know someone who can.

  • The DC Preservation League maintains a list of contractors and craftspeople with expertise working on historic structures.


    • Thanks Sue. I’ve checked the DC, PG County, and Montgomery County lists, but all have some flaws (outdated, dead links, etc.). Hoping folks can give based on their experiences. Many of the companies listed only do specific work so I’d need a general contractor that could sub out some of the work if they can’t do it themselves.

  • Check out the Craftsmen Group for window repair. They restored, refurbished my original (1930’s) double hung 6/6 windows.
    The cost to repair was comparable to replacement, and I kept my original windows.

  • We just had a great experience with Four Brothers Carpentry. They only did interior work for us (fully remodeled the kitchen and a bathroom), but were very good about matching the original details of the house and maintaining the historic character. For what it’s worth, they also finished under budget and ahead of schedule.

    For windows, we used Neil Mozer from Mozer Works and he was incredible. He fully restored all of our original double-hung wooden windows. The cost was comparable to a high-end replacement, but no new window would ever have the character of the wooden ones.