Original Windows and a Toddler
I would be grateful for some advice about old windows. We live in a 1908 Berkeley home with original wooden window frames and glass. Some of the ropes inside the frames that pull the windows up and down have broken but most still work. The glass is fragile and breaks easily. We've replaced a couple of panes that cracked in an earthquake with similar old glass. Here's the thing. Now we have a toddler! With a good throwing arm. We have plantation shutters on the inside of the windows and this provides a lot of protection, but still, it seems to me that it's likely that at some point a wooden toy hurled at an unprotected window is going to break it. Question 1 is safety related: is it reasonable to keep the old windows and glass (which for the sake of character we like, with the plantation shutters) or does the presence of the toddler mean we really should replace them? Question 2 is housing related. We are going to have the house painted soon, and there will be a lot of prep needed. If we replace the windows, do we look for a painter/contractor who can do all of it - replace windows and paint, or are those really separate jobs? Does anyone have any wisdom about old windows and kids to share? Any advice from a home-owner's perspective about old windows, new windows, and painting? Thank you!