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Restoration at Lan Su Chinese Garden


A guest post by Client Services Manager Jeremy Gould.

Arciform just finished up an amazing window and door restoration project at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland’s historic Old Town Chinatown. Andres Zacharovas put the project together and Mike Adair was the Project Manager. We couldn’t be more pleased how the project turned out and Lan Su feels the same way. I recently caught up with Andres and Mike to ask them a few questions about the project.

Here is Andres’ take on the project:

What was the scope of work at the Chinese Gardens?

The project was to refinish the 6 Tea House doors and 22 windows.

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What was your favorite part of this project?

I was so pleased to be a part of such a historic project. Wood carved ornaments on the doors and windows are unique and beautiful to see with so much detail that takes you back to ancient times. Truly a magical experience.

What were some challenges you had with this project?

I would say the biggest challenge was the winter season weather.

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And a few words from Mike:

Who worked on this project?

We’d like to give recognition to the employees who worked on the project, they all did an amazing job to help make this project successful: Eusebiu Brindusesc, Matt Kaminski, Rene Flanagan, Larry Roberts, Mike Perkins, Lee Foxall and numerous other shop helpers.

How long did this project take?

6 weeks (we finished one week early).

What were some challenges you had with this project?

Cold weather had a slowing effect on the project.

What was your favorite part of this project?

Completing the project a week early!

Arciform is very proud of the work that was accomplished on this project. Ultimately, we ended up with a very happy client that we look forward to working with in future. Since completion, a number of our clients have enjoyed visiting the gardens, as well as some Arciform employees. Enjoy these before, during and after pictures of the project and the feedback from the client:

Thanks a million for your FABULOUS work on the Teahouse windows WOW!

-Jane DeMarco, Executive Direction, Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Your 6 Step Guide to a Warmer Winter


We’re about to have our first hard freeze of the year here in Oregon and that has many of us scrambling to “batten down the hatches” in our homes and gardens to ensure our loved ones will be warm for the winter. Whistling windows, sticking front doors and slippery front stoops all make for a less than cozy winter experience.

With that in mind we thought we’d offer a handy Step Guide to a Warmer Winter this year.

 1. Warm up Your Windows.

The single pane traditional double hung windows in many of our older Portland homes provide very little insulation value. We like to say they have an R-factor of zero, which means the cold comes through those windows as easily as if it were an empty hole. No wonder you are shivering, right?

What can you do to address this? Here are 3 good options:

Restore & Weatherstrip your Existing Windows. Fix broken and rotten window parts, restore function to the ropes and pulleys and clean out the tracks so your windows operate smoothly with out sticking sections or gaps. Add weatherstripping to ensure your windows are wind and watertight.

Add Storm Windows. Did you know you can buy historically accurate wood storm windows with insulated glass that will vastly improve the insulation value of your current windows while still maintaining a classic look on the exterior of your home? Each storm gets custom fitted to your existing window openings and can be removed in the summer as needed.
Replace Your Existing Windows . Often, the most economical way to improve the insulation value of your windows is to replace your current windows with new wood or fiberglass “inserts” or “tilt-pacs.” These options allow you to install new product into the existing window frames, making them cheaper than a whole window replacement or restoration. Often you can match the existing look of your windows while improving operation and energy efficiency.

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Which to choose? Ask the experts. Your Carpenter on Call Team member can help you identify whether restoration, storms or replacement windows are the best option for you.

2. Insulate your Attic.


Most of your home’s heat escapes through the attic. Adding insulation can have a huge impact on the warmth of your home (and your energy bill!) While you are at it, consider insulating your heating ducts to be sure more of the heat you are paying for winds up in the rooms rather than escaping through the walls.

3. Tune Up your Front Door.


Sticking or warping doors can leave gaps for wintry winds to whistle in. Give your front door a tune up to be sure the hinges are adjusted properly, the lockset works smoothly and any warping or sticking areas get repaired. Add weatherstripping and a door sweep to ensure a tight seal when the door is closed.

4. Fall Proof Your Front Stoop.


Wet weather, moldy leaves and chipping paint can leave your front steps slick, shabby and worse for wear. Add a fresh coat of paint to your entry area and consider adding non-slip paint or rubber treads to your stair steps to prevent visitors from slipping.

5. Cozy Up Your Color Scheme.

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A fresh coat of paint may not literally make your rooms warmer, but it can definitely make them a more welcoming place do be during the long winter months. Choose the room you spend the most time in and choose a bold and welcoming hue- studies have shown that  color of your walls can actually warm up your family’s mood.

6. Finish Your Basement.


Create a cozy escape from the winter gloom by turning your basement into a family fun space. This Arciform client transformed their basement into a dry, cozy and welcoming space by adding some insulation and painting the exposed ceiling and concrete floor to look more finished. A custom carriage door designed by Versatile Wood Products partitions off the unfinished laundry area while carefully placed artwork conceals a few necessary utility panels.

Ready to warm up your home for the winter? Our Carpenter on Call Team will be happy to help you identify which of these projects will make the biggest difference for your home.

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