Sash window repairs and restoration in East Sussex...
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     the whole process of 
   restoring a sash window 
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slideshow of latest project

It's not just windows - we do stairs and doors too!

Claremont Hastings

How sash windows should work

Rescuing a sash

Open a sash window pocket

Cording sash weights

Using a locking sash fastener

scraping off old paint from a sash frame

     Hello and welcome

I'm Jim, and this is the home page of RWJ Sear Restorative Carpentry 
You've probably come to this 
because you need some help or advice.    
Am I right?   
If so,  
I'm about to make a bold statement....   
Here's the bold statement
"If it's in wood, the answer is Yes!... I can save it!"
Whatever the problem, I will have a solution

Restorative Carpentry is the primary sash window repair service in East Sussex
We offer cost effective restoration of existing single glazed sash windows
We protect the environment by using as much as possible of what already exists
We conserve and preserve the heritage you own, rather than replace it
We  bring original sashes up to full functionality and reduce draughts, noise ingress, and rattles bringing your windows up toward modern standards
Our business demands a high level of expertise and in depth understanding of what is possible.  
We always offer what we consider is best advice

There is huge value and large cost savings to be gained by maintaining windows that are original to your home. 
With proper restoration, your original windows will be, beautiful to look at, a joy to use.

Broken sash cords replaced probably the second most common problem
Sashes freed where painted shut it's probably the most common problem
Sashes eased for smooth operation You won't need to act like Superman any more!
Windows rebalanced If they keep on moving when you've put them in a position - that will stop!
Rotten wood repaired  No matter how bad - almost!
Draught proofing that doesn't cost a fortune!

Now call, text, or email us
You can even write a letter if you prefer.    
All our contact details are over there in the left hand column. 

  • Below are a few short snippets from customer recommendations I've received.
    Click on this link to browse them all What my clients say about my work

  • Sash windows... and will continue to recommend him to anyone who'll listen! We bought a Regency period house knowing the windows were in poor condition. Little did we know how poor! Luckily we found Jim and his team who soon enlightened us ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:47 AM by Jim Sear
  • Fitted wardrobe, raised sloping floor, reconditioned old sash window in Burwash Jim and his talented team Serge and Mark worked very hard and created a new fitted wardrobe.They raised the sloping floor and made it level, and reconditioned an old ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 7:34 AM by Jim Sear
  • The great job you did on our sash windows and patio doors in St Leonards. Jim. Virginia and I just wanted to thank you and your team for the great job you did on our sash windows and patio doors in St Leonards. We were ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 12:53 AM by Jim Sear
  • Retread a staircase in Eastbourne Thank you Jim we are still thrilled by your excellent job. I've written a little piece for your web site if you want to use it.  I would like ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2017, 2:29 AM by Jim Sear
  • A damsel in distress Thank you Jim and Serge!I'd just moved into my flat... All good except that the following day I managed to lock myself out at my ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 8:14 AM by Jim Sear
  • Another set of Burwash sash windows repaired Dear Jim, it was a pleasure to have you working here and to observe your incredible expertise and professionalism.  I am delighted with what you have done and thank you ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2016, 2:16 PM by Jim Sear
  • Burwash sash windows Good evening Jim, we just wanted to email to say a massive thank you for the work you carried out at our house. The workmanship was excellent and we ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2016, 1:54 PM by Jim Sear
  • Wonderful work on our sash windows. Hastings. Jim is a craftsman who did wonderful work on our sash windows. Now they slide up and down with ease, are balanced and draught proof.He and his team were ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2016, 11:51 PM by Jim Sear
  • I'm talking of trust - and we trust Jim! Jim and his team have refurbished the sash windows in our flat in Hastings. We found him by seeing the excellent work he was doing next door. We were thinking ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 2:46 PM by Jim Sear
  • Crowborough sash window stuck fast We had a sash window which was well and truly stuck shut.  Jim popped in to have a look after he'd been to see another client.  He fixed it ...
    Posted May 11, 2016, 11:47 AM by Jim Sear
  • New Oak front door in Eastbourne Jim helped us replace our old and decrepit front door recently, and we are now the proud owners of a very solid and rather lovely oak door which Jim fitted ...
    Posted May 11, 2016, 11:36 AM by Jim Sear
  • Repairs to wooden windows with aluminium inserts. Horam Jim came highly recommended and it's easy to see why. We were immensely pleased with the work carried out on our windows. The workmanship is of very high quality ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2015, 11:18 AM by Jim Sear
  • We have a seafront flat in Hastings with wooden sash windows We have a seafront flat in Hastings with wooden sash windows, the sashes having been changed to double glazed units.As you can imagine, the windows get battered by the ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2015, 10:53 AM by Jim Sear
  • Old sash windows repaired in Meads Eastborne I bought a flat in Meads where all the old sash windows were in a bad condition due to prior neglect. Jim repaired, renovated and draught proofed them in September ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2015, 1:11 AM by Jim Sear
  • Restoring a door to it's former glory Jim has done a wonderful job restoring our front door and I am just so happy with the results. Windows and interior doors next Jim.Many thanksJo-Anne t ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2015, 11:01 AM by Jim Sear
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I'm proud of the fact that 
most of my work comes from 
repeat business and 
the personal recommendations 
of clients I have served

The South Street Saga
a series of 4 short videos depicting the rescue of a set of old sash windows
(Each video can be viewed in full screen mode by clicking on the pop out sign)

South Street Eastbourne Day 1

South Street Eastbourne Day 2

South Street Eastbourne Day 3

South Street Eastbourne Day 4

St Leonards

Contemporary Unit

Replacing a Cill