Pioneers Cottage


Western Australia

The most recent occupants of this derelict cottage were sheep, as their many droppings testify. The timber flooring had been stripped out; parts of the roof were missing; the ceilings were falling down; huge cracks had appeared in the walls and not one piece of glass was intact - this place was not in great shape!


old sash window old window


window project. woodanilling

original sash frames

Whilst various contractors started the structural repairs we brought the old sash frames back to Perth for renovation.

An extensive rebuild like this starts by stripping the timber back to bare wood, repairing all of the joints & restoring damaged molding details.

They are then primed & glazed using traditional putty beading before being painted.


new sashes

Some frames were either missing or beyond repair so authentic replicas had to be made. We faithfully copied all of the original details such as horn shapes and fine moldings from the existing frames. As the property had been extended at various times these details varied from room to room, we ensured these variations were reflected in the replacements.



repair. repair.
The existing box sash frames had suffered considerable damage due to neglect. Complete sections of timber were replaced with selected hardwood & fixed in place with the strongest waterproof glues available.



restored window restoration.

Renovated: These are the original sashes & frames.


sunset new window.

Two windows were beyond economic repair, so we manufactured two complete replica windows.





Heritage Council of Western Australia also featured this project in their 'Heritage Matters' Newsletter (Issue25 Jan 2008)

Click here to view a pdf copy of the article



“Restoration of the sash windows was a real challenge,
so we enlisted the help of Simon Free, who has worked
with sash windows in heritage-listed buildings in the UK
for many years.
“Simon firstly played the role of archeologist, digging
in the soil to find all the broken original piece of joinery
and the lead weights from the sash windows, and then
restored them all, complete with draught and weather