McKay Joinery

Custom timber windows, made to last.

McKay Joinery fabricates windows for the most progressive contemporary architecture, for heritage-controlled restoration projects and for regular houses in the suburbs of Melbourne. But as the range of projects we work on continues to grow, the way we make them stays the same. Since 1948, we’ve been using mortise-and-tenon construction, because it delivers maximum strength and longevity, and eliminates water penetration.

There’s no limit to the style of windows we can make, but some of the most popular are (take a deep breath!): awning windows; casement windows; double-hung windows; box weights, cords and pulleys; spiral balances; counterbalanced windows; double-hung box bolt-on with hood; bay or bow windows; fixed windows; bifold windows; adjustable glass-blade louvres; horizontal sliding windows; multifaceted Colonial windows; sashless sliding windows; porthole windows; angled-head/sill windows; and arched windows. Supplying period-style windows is a specialty of ours, and we can arrange lead lighting.

We offer factory and on-site glazing and can provide expert advice on options for energy efficiency and sound absorption, including where energy reports and ratings are in place. We supply single and double glazing compliant with relevant codes, and can supply bushfire-rating-compliant windows (and doors) too.

The photograph above, by Derek Swalwell, shows windows (and doors) we fabricated for a contemporary residential extension in Brunswick, designed by Preston Lane Architects.


Part of the Old Melbourne Gaol was refurbished by Peter Elliot Architects and is now known as RMIT University's Building 11. We were brought into the project team by stonemasons I.G. Parker to manufacture new heritage-compliant timber windows for the forecourt facade. Photographed by Dianna Snape.
This unique circular sash window was manufactured for a double-storey extension to a period home here in Melbourne. It was crafted from solid Victorian ash with double-glazed clear-float glass and a pivot hinge.
The deft combination of old and new at Richard Stampton Architects' Simhanada Yoga Studio mirrors the changes happening all around it in Collingwood. We fabricated new timber windows matched to the building's originals, while behind the heritage facade, a modern interior provides light-filled spaces for yoga practice and meditation. Photographed by Rory Gardiner.