Timber has been one of
the most important and widely used
building materials since Australian
architecture began in 1788.
Old timber cottages are
rather like old people: they may look
frail but they are often very hardy. All
the same, there are many things to
consider when caring for or restoring an
old timber house. Above all, never clad
them with aluminium, fake 'weatherboards'
or other modern material.