Decorative Mouldings for French Provincial, Victorian, Edwardian and Post-modern Styles



The Finishing Touch have been busy at 138 Cooper Street, Essendon with work in progress on the ground floor installing decorative mouldings, which is expected to be completed next week. The charming French provincial style, fifty square home will be finished with the addition of quoinings, French provincial parapets 250mm x 193mm, matching stringers 90mm x 70mm (model # SR4) French provincial window architraves 90mm x 40mm (model # W1090) and French provincial window sills to match 135mm x 185mm (model # WSR15). The front entrance of the house will be decorated with columns and French provincial window architraves used as a picture frame around the columns. These architraves measure 55mm x 27mm (model # W6R2). Plinths will also be installed at the bases of the columns, with chamfer.

Another French provincial style property, at sixty five squares, in Canterbury is under development. Many custom made decorative mouldings will be used on this build. They include:
chimney parapet and stringer
large parapet 300mm x 300mm
stringers as a small parapet 150mm x 135mm
eave parapet 155mm x 200mm
Ten arches all 1200mm wide
large window architraves 140mm x 65mm, with standard window sills to match (model #WSR15)
On the ground floor window blocks will go under the windows, in place of window sills; these measure 500mm x 205mm x 85mm. Plinths will be used around base of the building, measuring 900mm x 150mm and flat panels measuring 900mm x 60mm will be installed on the ground floor and the upper level.

Several properties had pier caps installed over the last week or so –
1A Thomas Street, East Brighton had fifteen pier caps, Victorian style, installed to complete the build. A post-modern house at 25 Pakington Street, Kew had originally had the Finishing Touch supply architectural decorative mouldings. Now ten pier caps are being ordered in Edwardian style to complete the exterior. A house at 94 Forrester Street, Essendon had pier caps as well as wall capping and plinths on external walls 400mm x 40mm, similar to a kicker on the base of the wall.


Don’t Lose Value On Your Home With Inferior Decorative Mouldings

Example of decorative mouldings creating a grand facade.

Example of decorative mouldings creating a grand facade.

A house with crumbling exterior mouldings or decorative mouldings that actually fall off the façade look neglected and loose value. This can happen in older homes where poor quality decorative mouldings have been installed, but it can even happen in brand new buildings.  The Finishing Touch, suppliers of high quality, lightweight, decorative mouldings, are often called upon to replace damaged mouldings on homes with their superior quality, long lasting exterior mouldings.

One such home was a large, one hundred squares, multi-storey home in Kew that had been recently built in a post-modern design.  This lovely home overlooking the Yarra River had substandard mouldings installed in the original build. Unfortunately, some were not completed, some were installed incorrectly, some weren’t even level, joins were visible with the mouldings not meeting and corners were broken with poor, patchy repairs. Thanks to the quality, competency and professionalism of the Finishing Touch, who repaired and replaced the decorative mouldings, this grand home now has the stunning finish it deserves. Another example was an older style home in Bulleen that had cracked concrete mouldings and was being restored. The Finishing Touch were able to replace these with high quality window architraves and sills , giving the façade of the old building a face lift!

There are many such stories but also matching decorative mouldings to those already installed, if of sufficient quality, is also something the Finishing Touch can do.  Builders trust the Finishing Touch to ensure that the new decorative mouldings blend in and complement those already on the house. The Finishing Touch are highly sought after because Builders have learnt that they are highly experienced, provide a superior quality product that lasts and give a seven year warranty on their moulding installations.

HIA Australian Housing Awards Winners

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Congratulations to 2016 CRA-HIA Australian Housing Awards winner Sammut Developments for their house ‘Nautilus’, which is now the 2016 Australian Home of the Year.  This breathtaking seven bedroom, six-storey waterfront dream home captures resort style living with features like the geometric feature stair in the entry and added luxuries such as a home cinema, bowling alley, bar and music room.
The Finishing Touch are no strangers themselves to the HIA Awards, having been suppliers of architectural decorative mouldings for the HIA award winning design, The Eyrie several years ago. The builder Icon Synergy Pty Ltd met the challenge of transforming a large, ungainly and unfinished building into a stylish home and quasi gallery. The renovation won a Building Design Award 2013 from Building Design Association Victoria for Residential Design – Alterations & Additions over $500K and an Excellence in Housing Award from The Masters Builders Association for Best Renovation/Addition over $1M.
Categories for house construction or renovation for the HIA Awards are:
Custom Built Home
Individual house, which is designed and built on contract for a specific site meeting the requirements and brief of a client.
Display Home
Individual house on display to the public, which is intended to be reproduced as displayed, or with standard variations to suit a client’s requirements.
Project Home
Individual house based on a display home, sales brochure or similar, which is a repeatable design and has been tailored to suit the needs of the client and site.
Renovations/Additions Project
An extension or renovation involving structural building work to an existing house or other residential building. Renovate/ upgrade a group of apartments, villas, townhouses or convert a non-residential building into a residential building.
Spec Home
Individual house, not built to a client’s brief or on display to the public. The house is to be sold off plan or built for sale upon completion (or during construction).

There are 11 awards in all, including categories for multi dwelling residences, bathrooms and kitchens.

Decorative Mouldings Create Splendid Mansion and Delightful French Provincial Home

Sugargum Dve Hillside

The very splendid Georgian style, 120 square mansion at Sugar Gum Drive, Hillside has been completed with the supply by the Finishing Touch and installation of 150 metres of 600 x600mm profile mouldings as well as 335 corbels on the second floor.  The courtyard and pool area is spectacular with 150 metres of 400 x 400mm profile mouldings and 500 corbels. Architectural decorative mouldings were also installed for twelve arches and headers, window sills and window architraves for ten square windows. Custom made window mouldings were also supplied for a very large feature window measuring 7 metres x 6 metres.

French provincial decorative eave mouldings and four window architraves for the delightful two storey, 50 square French provincial home at 138 Cooper Street, Essendon have been manufactured and installed on the first floor. Quoinings for this storey have been manufactured but are still to be installed.

Quoining panels and corbels for the grand entrance on the ground floor have also been manufactured and are ready for installation, however the construction of the building is still to be completed before they can be installed. The same is true for the picture frame column fascia that will decorate the two rendered brick square columns and the six window architraves and sills. Installation is expected to be completed in the next eight weeks.

Victorian style pier cap mouldings have been completed to create a classic finish to the fence of a house at 19 Thomas Street, Brighton East. Four metres of the custom made pier caps, each measuring 410 x 410mm, were installed.

The Finishing Touch are called upon from time to time to make sets for TV shows or live shows and recently Wantirna College have commissioned them to create foam moulding profiles in polystyrene for their upcoming stage production.

Finishing Touch Introduce An Exciting New Range For The Garden

Decorative Planter Boxes

Decorative Planter Boxes

Well respected in the building industry for supplying high quality, long lasting decorative architectural mouldings for houses, the Finishing Touch have branched out into the manufacture of Planter boxes for patios and courtyards. Using the same technologies as they use to produce durable, quality house mouldings these products are easily transportable, lightweight and easily installed. No messy trenches, heaped dirt or concrete pours. The garden features come fully equipped and ready to operate, ready for painting and will be on the market this spring 2016.
Planter Boxes and Tree Boxes

Planter boxes that are durable, lightweight and portable are perfect for foyers, courtyards and plazas and incorporate a full drainage system. Tree Boxes give great flexibility in the placement of a tree or large shrub and enable seasonal rotation. Planters are large, versatile and can accommodate a watering system and a wide range of plant selections. A range of colours and textures are available and can be re-painted when colour trends change. The Planters are suitable for use in either indoor or outdoor settings.

Modern Decorative Panels

Outdoor Decorative Panels for garden spaces will be coming soon for use as an independent focal point in areas of limited space or where a solid architectural element is required. The addition of lighting and sculptured plants will make for a stunning display and used, in conjunction with the Finishing Touch Planters and Water Features can quickly create an Al’fresco, outdoor entertaining area. Panels can be fitted with a choice of soft-mudstone-slate, river pebble, tile or mosaic finishes.A full installation services is available.

Please contact Steve DeGregorio to get your order in for spring for these stunning garden features for your next home build or renovation.