Units in Mont Albert Finished With Arches, Keystones & French Provincial Window Mouldings

Example of arch

Example of arch

A property in Kenmare Street, Mont Albert, consisting of three units, is being enhanced with architectural decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. Most of the decorative mouldings are on the first unit, creating an attractive façade facing the street. Six arches and two keystones have been used to create a dramatic effect, with parapet mouldings and French Provincial style window mouldings forming a classically handsome finish. The decorative mouldings supplied are:
Large parapet moulding 240 x 227mm, model no. P6ETR4
Eave parapet moulding 152 x 151mm, model no. PE4TR1
Small parapet moulding 129 x 11mm, model no. P4ET120
French Provincial window architraves 90 x 40mm, model no. W1090
French Provincial window sills 140 x 210mm, model no. W6SR1R3
2 x keystones, model no. PWK115
6 x arches

A large 60 square, post-modern style, two storey property with French Provincial influences is currently under development. Large parapets measuring 292 x 82mm will be used to effect, with French Provincial window architraves 90 x 40mm and French Provincial window sills 129 x 65mm.
Pilasters will create a fascinating effect on the ground floor: these are half square columns, affixed to the wall. There will be five columns 350 x 350mm, with 20 fascias and Pilaster capitals and bases. Quoinings will also create interest.

Another property currently under development is in Burwood. This 50 square, double storey, post- modern house will have a pitched roof and requires both eave parapet mouldings and mid parapet mouldings. Small window architraves at 75 x 30mm will be used with window sills to suit, measuring 140 x 210mm and quoinings will add further decoration. Column capitals and bases will also be supplied to suit pre-built brick columns.

Chinese Buyers Demand French Provincial Style Homes

French Provincial home built in 1836

French Provincial home built in 1836

The Chinese love affair with our housing market has created an explosion of faux French Provincial housing in the suburbs of Melbourne. Take, for example, Balwyn where a French Provincial style home sold to a Chinese buyer for $3.75m last year sits alongside nearly half a street of other French Provincial style homes. The old red brick homes are being demolished and replaced by new homes in this popular style. Chinese buyers are looking for big homes, their dream homes. One Real Estate Agent, specialising in selling to Chinese clients, explained that they often hand over a photo of a French Provincial house and state that is what they want to buy in Australia, because they represent luxury, a romantic, noble lifestyle and their status in society. In China this size and style of home would be way outside of their price range, whereas in Australia they can afford it. The French Provincial architectural style was introduced into China in the 1990s, with Chinese people being attracted to the classic European look and feel, believing that this style represents wealth and position.

The proliferation of the architectural style represents a strong marker of the arrival of this large group of wealthy new Australians in suburbs such as Melbourne’s east, from Box Hill through Balywn, Kew, Canterbury and Camberwell as well as in Sydney’s eastern suburbs of Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill, and the upper-north-shore suburbs of Wahroonga and Turramurra.

As builders clamour to build this popular style they seek quality architectural decorative mouldings representative of the French Provincial style. Experts in producing and installing excellent quality exterior, lightweight mouldings, The Finishing Touch, have been in high demand for their range of parapets and window mouldings designed specifically for the French Provincial style, as well as their arches and columns, much used for this architectural style.

Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings for Adelaide Home, Caulfield Home and French Provincial For Glen Waverley.

Artists impression 33 Lockhart St., Caulfield

Artists impression 33 Lockhart St., Caulfield

A large, two storey home is being constructed at 39 Warriparri Drive, Flagstaff Hill in Adelaide. The Finishing Touch supplied decorative mouldings for the parapets and window architraves. The front entrance is set off with a special, large parapet (style P6ET400) measuring 400mm wide at the very top of the building, whilst the circumference of the house is decorated with parapets going right around the top floor, style P6ET301, measuring 300 x 230mm with smaller parapets running in parallel, style P6ET110, measuring 110 x 90mm. The same pattern is repeated on the top of the first floor with parapet style P6ET200, measuring 200 x 155mm, running around the circumference between the first and second floors and the smaller parapet, style P6ET110 running parallel underneath. The windows were finished with window architraves measuring 128 x 28 mm.

A fifty square, double storey home at 33 Lockhart Street, Caulfield (artists impression above) designed by Kat Design in the French provincial style will have decorative mouldings installed within the next four weeks, bringing the façade to life and adding class. Manufacture has been completed on the eave parapet mouldings, parapet mouldings, French provincial window architraves, window sills and quoining panels for the upper storey. A stylish front entrance will be created with the addition of a keystone over the entrance and fences will be enhanced with pier caps.

The ever popular French provincial style is also the house design for 57 Winmallee Drive, Glen Waverley. This two storey, fifty square home will be decorated with French provincial eave parapets at the top of the upper storey, style P6ETR2, measuring 230 x 227mm and French provincial parapets parallel on the top of the lower storey, style P4ETR6, measuring 161 x 158mm. Windows are to be decorated with French provincial window architraves, style W1090, measuring 90 x 40mm and French provincial window sills, style WSR1-R3 on the lower storey, measuring 140mm x 210mm and style WS5R2 on the upper storey, measuring 133 x 90mm.

New House Colour Trends for 2016

Biofragility Series colours Dulux Paints

Biofragility Series colours Dulux Paints

New colour trends from Dulux for 2016 are an exciting mix of deep, dark hues, bright pops of colour and soothing tones taken from nature. Bree Leech, Trend Forecaster, Creative Director, Producer and Stylist for Dulux discusses a trend amongst architects and interior designers at the high end of design to commission talented painters to create effects, such as ageing, textures or ombres. “This signals a trend that may filter down into the mainstream in a simplified DIY form,” she explains “I think a really well executed effect can add a sense of luxury to space.”

Grand Georgian Home Finishing Touch Mouldings

Grand Georgian Home Finishing Touch Mouldings

In the same way high quality decorative mouldings create a sense of luxury to the exterior of a home. Selected for their decorative finish, exterior mouldings such as arches, columns and key stones turn a relatively plain building into one that is evocative of classic, high end architecture. The lightweight mouldings designed and manufactured by the Finishing Touch are an easy, affordable decorative device. Creating different styles such as French provincial, Georgian, Mediterranean and Post-Modern they can be manufactured in a short time and when installed by the Finishing Touch carrying a 7 year warranty on fixing – a big plus!
Dulux have created a fascinating palette of colours for 2016 – looking back in time for more traditional, known colours to offset the explosion of technology, looking into new worlds of discovery and drawing on the comfort of nature at its most soothing.
Retro Remix
A mix of acid brights clashing with muddied colours like browns and olive greens. Designer influences from the 60s and 70s. Expect the unexpected.

Infinite Worlds
Dark colours juxtaposed with brilliant flashes of red, pinks, coral and space age metallics make up the Infinite Worlds series, creating the eerie effect of deep, unchartered worlds.

Biofragility
Influenced by living and natural matter – flesh tones, lichen, moss, stones. Nature represents the perfect balance between fragility and strength.

Futurepast
Taking its influences from steampunk merging with modern design. Deep, decadent traditional hues are made modern with the addition of mustard, pink and purple.