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Q. I want to replace the old wooden windows in my ranch house, which was built around the 1950s. Someone suggested that Harvey windows are the best. I know nothing about windows, so what questions should I ask to make sure I am getting the right ones at the best price? Should I get wood for the inside and vinyl for the outside? What type of glass should I get? What is the best type of window to get? Thank you for your help.


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A. Harvey’s top-of-the-line Majesty windows are pretty nice. The Majesty is custom made, meets Energy Star glazing standards, and comes w…………… continues on Boston Globe

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The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian
News from The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian:

Abode’s housing development in Great Kneighton, near Cambridge. Photograph: Tim Crocker

Once upon a time new housing in Britain was terrible. Engendered by the fearful coupling of utopian architectural fanatics and of bureaucratic automata in local authorities, it was soulless, alienating, malfunctioning and often damp. Such at least is the conventional narrative which, if it overlooks many beautiful and conscientious works now being rediscovered, still contains a portion of truth.

This was in the time loosely known as the 60s and 70s, an era of state-led homebuilding that would be terminated by Margaret Thatcher, such that another kind of housing could flourish, terrible in a different way: Noddy houses, faux-traditional executive homes, could-be-anywhere progeny of developers’ calculations and planners’ vague strictures on being “in keeping”, brick boxes packed with miniature bedrooms and bathrooms that would look better in estate agents’ particulars than in real life. This story might be oversimplified too, although I can’t immediately see in what way.

Now, if you look carefully and avert your gaze from large quantities of obvious junk, it is possible to see that some new housing is, finally, not terrible. These glimmers of pro…………… continues on The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian

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