The phrase “thoughtful craftsmen” could not be more accurate to describe their work. Because it was so obvious they care deeply about doing a job well, thoroughly, efficiently, and with the nature of the home firmly in mind. Just as we have our own physicians, our house has its own experts too, and we wouldn’t trust it to anyone else. We love the work they do!


Ben and Susan Z., Shorewood, WI

For years we would perform the carpentry, window and door restoration, and porch repairs, but then leave the painting to someone else. After being asked by our customers, and after coming up with an approach we could feel passionate about, we have put together an expert restoration painting crew, ensuring the restoration and painting will receive the same attention to quality, and that no details would fall between the space separating different companies.

Many painting companies will add “and Restoration” to their name, but don’t be fooled. An extra carton of caulk and some moldings from Home Depot do not transform those college student painters into restoration carpenters. These companies aren’t our competition; rather misinformation and a reassuring sales-pitch are. This is where we are different.

We treat the painting as the capstone to the restoration. True, some houses just need a fresh coat of paint without lots of carpentry, and as historic purists, we’re the last people to fix or replace something that isn’t broken. But the key to a long-lasting paint job is the quality and integrity of all the things that happen before a paint can is opened. The soft and damaged wood needs repairing and consolidation. The flashings need to be sound and properly fit, the roof needs to drain properly, and windows need to function as they should.

Then, and only then, the house needs a thorough scraping so that all the loose and failing paint is removed. Finally, behold the vivid transformation of a fresh paint job, one that will truly last! Don’t settle for a cheap 5-year paint job. Call Thoughtful Craftsmen, the Restoration & Painting experts.

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Storm Window Solutions

After years of seeing storm windows that weren’t serving their purpose by matching the integrity of your old home, or simply were not performing, we’ve put together our own Historic Association Certified line of storm windows.


Exterior Restoration

Since 1998, the exterior restoration of Milwaukee-area historic and pre-WWII homes has been our passion.


Window Restoration

Windows are the eyes of your house, and we like to look at you and your house straight in the eyes.


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