I am able to repair / restore anything or make new to fit alongside the old. Some examples of past work can be seen in the galleries below.
Restyling / reglazing of windows.
I was asked to alter several windows in an older house to make more inkeeping with the property. The original double glazed leaded units were full size in the frames and very thick and obviously modern.
I removed all the units, made new horizontal dividing bars and refitted much thinner heritage double glazed units. These were made using the very efficient edgetech super spacer and also were toughened, argon filled and coated with heat relective film. New heavier glazing bars give a period feel and hide the much deeper rebate left by taking the thick units out and replacing with slim.
Repairs to a 17th century door
This old oak door had bad rot at the bottom of the frame, a rotten weather bar and threshold. The old threshold was also small and quite ineffective, a new one was made to fit the profile of the external step and lip onto the internal flagstones. All sits down and tight onto the stonework. It looks askew, this was intentional as the the door is twisted in the frame, everything matches up to provide a tight fitting finish.
A trio of oak doors for restoration
The first of three Victorian oak doors from one property in need of bringing back to life. The timber was cleaned, revived, coloured and then finished after repairs were made. This door needed a new base rail fitting as the old had been badly cut off some years ago. This was replicated and then coloured in to match the original timber. The studs were all removed, these and all ironwork was cleaned, decoroded and repainted.
Windowsill rebuild & moulding replacements in a Georgian townhouse
I was asked to build a solid oak framed windowsill, designed to allow someone to stand on the shelf to clean the window above and also to partially dismantle for access / inspection of the wall behind.
Dado Rail & arched surround
As part of the work shown above, I was asked to replicate and fit the Georgian dado rail on the staircase and also make and fit a new vertical section in an arched surround. Patterns were taken from the original mouldings and bespoke spindle moulder cutters made for the work.
Victorian Oak planked door
An attractive oak door in need of repair and a refinish. The base rail had rotted away and a standard but not strictly correct repair had been carried out in the past by way of a new plank fixed over the old to hide the rot.
The bottoms of the stiles had also suffered and needing cutting out and replacing with new. The rotten timber was removed and a new base rail and scarfed pieces made to fit. The Iron studs were replaced and the new wood was coloured down to match the existing. A wash of stain was applied to the whole to rejuvenate and even the tone before several coats of yacht varnish applied to seal and protect the wood. A final coat was applied after a fine sand to cut back and level the surface.
I was recently asked to make a similar scarfed oak repair to another exterior door at the property. The owner wanted an 'honest' look and so the wood has been left natural and will age and weather down in time. Close fitting replacement timber and epoxy resin will ensure a durable weathertight finish.
Windows from a listed building had suffered typical rot along the lower edges. The owner was keen to keep the originals so mouldings were copied and new sections made and scarfed in.
Victorian church screen
Having been removed from its site due to re-flooring work, I was asked to restore and refit this screen to its original position in a converted church. It was in a tired and faded state and was refreshed and cleaned using hand applied finishing techniques to bring it back to life.
The first four pictures below show its before work state, the latter show the screen refinished and refitted. The original colour was found on a section shielded from the sun.
A Regency mahogany piano.
Dating to 1817, this John Broadwood piano had plenty of wear and fading. My before pictures did not turn out well so the images below show partway and finished result. Restored and French polished - finished with a good polish compatible wax.
Veneered bedside cabinets
A pair of cabinets, scratched & very faded - many years in the sun! The original colour was found behind the handle plates. They were stripped, coloured, French polished then waxed.
The first picture below shows before on the left - after on the right.