Windows, doors and other joinery

Most 1940s-60s houses had timber casement windows, timber panelled or hollow core doors, and built-in timber panelling and cupboards.

Windows and flashings may need replacement to improve thermal performance, deal with deterioration.

Original details and common modifications


Houses of the 1940s-60s typically had fairly small timber casement windows. Read more.


Glazed or solid panel doors were typical for exteriors, while interior doors were often panelled or hollow core. Read more.

Other joinery

Houses of the 1940s-60s typically had extensive built-in storage. Native timbers were used for skirtings and architraves, with plain profiles. Read more.

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Common problems and remedies

Common problems include poor thermal performance, deterioration or corrosion of the frame, and lack of airtightness. Read more.

Window flashings may need to be replaced as part of any renovation project – see moisture for details.

Also see Corrosion