Apartment rental. Subdivided house circa 1910. Help us tweak these original single-pane wood frame windows so as not to freeze.
Two months ago we moved into our new rental, a top-level apartment in Oakland that takes up half the floor in a subdivided house built in 1910. Since we're in the Bay Area (and since it's an old house), the frame has settled over time, and not everything is perfectly true.It's about 1500 square feet and has lovely, original windows everywhere - 16 in total, of various sizes, plus two doors - the windows mostly look like this
. Here are some details of the frames
, and the (original?) rope pulley mechanism
. Any thoughts on how we can plug up the many small leak points on these or otherwise make the place less freezing? We've started to install weatherstripping, but I don't really understand where/how you could use caulk on these windows, and I'm loathe to go the plastic shrink wrap route in late February. I'm looking for any suggestions, tips, or renter-friendly insulation fixes (they don't necessarily need to be cheap - just cost-effective!) that would work on old wooden windows like these?
- Our landlord is very proud of having kept all the original architectural details of the house, so we have limited options as far as discussion of replacement, storm windows, etc.
- I've read this thread
, and am not seeking advice on how to bundle up and/or otherwise acclimate to the cold.
- I've never caulked a window.