Decorative Mouldings Best Suited To The French Provincial Style

Ever popular, the French provincial style has been adapted in Australia and used in the design of many modern built homes. Pitched rooflines, symmetry, arched windows, tall top storey windows, porticos with substantial balustrades are some of the features of this style. French provincial homes tend to be rather grand: reflecting country manor elegance. Decorative architectural mouldings are very much a part of this elegant style, both interior and exterior.

Melbourne builders, designers and architects value the high quality, lightweight, decorative mouldings that the Finishing Touch supply to complete their French provincial designed houses. These decorative mouldings last, stay put and don’t crack or warp. The Finishing Touch have a range of exterior decorative mouldings that are particularly suited to the French provincial style. They are:

Parapet Decorative Mouldings:

French provincial parapets, model # P4300, size 300mm x 285mm.

French provincial parapet model # P4240, size 240mm x 227mm.

French provincial parapets, model #P4160, size 160mm x 160mm.

Stringer Mouldings:

French provincial stringers, model # S1R4, size 90mm x 70mm

French provincial stringers, model # P8120, size 120mm x 90mm.

Decorative mouldings for Windows:

French provincial window sills, model # WS5, size 130mm x 70mm,

French provincial window sills, model #WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm.

French provincial window architraves, model #W1100, size 100mm x 45mm.

French provincial window architraves, model # WDG8XY, size 120mm x 50mm.

Arches:

Can be made to fit any size with a variety of styles available.

Eave mouldings:

French provincial eave moulding model #PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm.

Columns:

Round, square or tapered.

French provincial pier caps

Available in three styles, French, French Modern and Small French.

 

Please contact the Finishing Touch to order decorative mouldings for your next build.

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Friday 13th Haunted Houses

Studley Park House Camden NSW

It’s Friday 13th. To get your spook on we are looking at some famous haunted houses. Studley Park House in Camden, was originally built by grazier William Payne in 1889. Although considered haunted, it is a beautiful building, featuring many admirable decorative mouldings. The death of two children has earned the house its haunted reputation. The residence became a boarding college and in 1909 a 14-year-old student, Ray Blackstone, drowned in a dam near the residence. His body is believed to have been kept at the cellar until it was buried. The building was sold soon after and reverted back to a residence. The son of acclaimed business man Arthur Adolphus Gregory died at the house in 1939 from appendicitis and his body was kept in the theatrette.

Spooky disturbances at the house include a hangman’s noose found dangling from a steeple roof by builders renovating in 2010, unexplained lights, sightings of a lady who stands at the window and a photograph of a ghostly young boy in the basement taken by ghost hunters.

Closer to home in Bundoora, on the outskirts of Melbourne, is the old Larundel Mental Asylum, famous in its day for incarcerating a great number of Melburnians suffering mental illness. Closed in 2001, it has been an abandoned building, off limits to the public but has built a reputation for being haunted. This attractive building was one of Melbourne’s three “magnificent asylums for the insane” built in the 1930s and 40s.

Larundal Mental Asylum

Now covered in graffiti the building, since its closure, has been a hangout for ghost hunters, graffiti artists and squatters. There have been reports of loud banging, children’s laughter, crying, and an eerie music box. Serial killer Peter Dupas was treated here, adding to the mystique of the building. Only a few original buildings of the vast complex remain and are soon to be reconstructed into apartments, completing the residential development already constructed on the grounds, which includes a shopping centre.

 

Decorative Columns Made Easy

Columns have long been used not only structurally, but also decoratively, and are associated with grand buildings. The Parthenon is one of the most famous examples of a colonnade of columns that create a grandiose affect to the onlooker’s eye. When columns were made from stone and then concrete they were only constructed in stately buildings, due to the cost and effort.

The Parthenon

The humble residential home was not often decorated with grand columns at the entrance.

There has been a revolution in the construction industry in more recent times with the introduction of decorative mouldings made from a lightweight material.  These lightweight mouldings are easily transported to the building site and simply attached to the building. A far cry from the original mouldings that were mixed onsite and created by craftsmen in decorative designs. Those designs are still available but are pre-moulded and delivered. The most commonly used designs these days are simpler, but if a more complex design is desired, these can be specifically custom designed by the Finishing Touch, suppliers of lightweight decorative mouldings

The Finishing Touch are renowned suppliers of quality decorative mouldings for columns. During the construction stage a thin metal or wooden post is inserted into the building for the columns; the lightweight column mouldings are delivered in two halves and adhered around the post. Columns are available in round, fluted, square and tapered shapes.  Caps, capitals and bases are also supplied by the Finishing Touch in a variety of patterns.

These days many modern homes boast a stunning entrance featuring columns, creating a stately presence on the streetscape.

It is due to the technology of the lightweight mouldings now broadly used by builders to enhance the façade of the residential homes they construct.

Example of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

A build of a Post-modern home of 45 squares in East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh has been supplied with lightweight, decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. The house has been finished with 19 metres of flatband moulding, model # M29, sized 170mm x 30mm, 18 metres of a larger flatband moulding, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm and 18 metres of parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm.

In Ross Creek, set in country Victoria near Ballarat, a single storey, older style farm house is being constructed. The Finishing Touch has supplied 92 metres in total of two different sized, custom designed quoinings that have been set in an alternating pattern on the corners of the house.

Example of quoining pattern.

The larger quoining is sized 300mm x 300mm, the smaller quoining is sized 300mm x 260mm.

The popular French provincial style is the choice for a current build of a two storey, sixty square home in Mornington. The Builder has been supplied with 170 metres French provincial parapet eave moulding, model # M344, sized 345mm x 300mm, 21 metres of parapet moulding, model # EP12S, sized 150mm x 120mm and 30 metres of parapet moulding, model # M258B, sized 265mm x 190mm. The windows will be decorated with 38 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 60 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm. View decorative mouldings here.

Recently there has been some demand for flatband mouldings to be used as window architraves. An Owner/Builder who is building a single storey, 45 square, post-modern home in Rose Avenue, Lower Templestowe has requested this style of decorative moulding from the Finishing Touch to be used as a window architrave on four windows. 30 metres of Flatband moulding, model# DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm together with 4.8 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm was supplied.

 

Decorative Mouldings Enhance French Provincial Homes

French Prov style juliette balconies

Typical French Provincial Style

A build is well underway in Charlotte Street, Glen Waverley by a major national builder, who has sourced high quality, light weight decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. This 60 square, two storey, French provincial property will have an attractive façade with the addition of 120 meters of large parapet moulding, model # M2585, sized 265mm x 200mm, 19 metres of window headers, model # M24, sized 180mm x 120mm, 67 metres of window architraves (using flatband moulding), model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 19 metres of window sill, model # WS172, sized 172mm x 60mm.

The same major builder is constructing a two storey, 50 square, French provincial home in Matlock Road, Wantirna South. The Finishing Touch have supplied 46 metres of parapet moulding, model # EP12S, sized 140mm x 120mm, 40 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm, 9.6 metres of window sill, model # M13, sized 145mm x 175mm, 13 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. An arch moulding, 1800 mm in diameter, model # M1, will add further finesse to the façade.

A more modest post-modern, 35 square, single storey property in Warragul has also been supplied with decorative mouldings. Showing the flexibility in the use of these lightweight mouldings 14.4. metres of architrave moulding , model # M1, sized 110mm x30mm, is being used as a stringer whilst 35 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, is being used as an architrave.

Three post-modern units, each twenty squares are currently being built in Templestowe. They required 151 metres of architraves W1100, sized 100m x 45mm and  67 metres window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm for a handsome finish.

The Finishing Touch architectural moulding models can be viewed on the website.

Architectural Features on French Provincial Home in Toorak

French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Builders have begun building a two storey, 60 square house in Toorak in the French provincial architectural style. The highly respected decorative moulding supplier, The Finishing Touch, have provided 7.2 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P240, sized 240mm x 227mm, 96 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4125, sized 125mm x 120mm on the top floor, 82 metres of the same French provincial parapet for the ground floor and 24 metres French provincial under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm.

On the balcony of the top storey a window arch decorates the window with model # W1100, sized 3.3 metres diameter at its base.  Four windows on this storey plus four windows on the ground storey are decorated with 49.2 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm. 22 metres of French provincial stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm create interest on the ground floor façade.  An arch creates an elegant front entrance, sized 1.8 metres at the base. Further decorative features are 19.2 metres of profile plinths, model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 7 pier caps in the Georgian style.

Another property is under development in Essendon. This post-modern, two storey, forty square home will be decorated with 7.2 metres of parapet, model # P29, sized 155mm x 65mm for the top floor, above the balcony and 29 metres of parapet, model # P29 for the ground floor together with 6 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm for the top floor and 48 metres of the same model stringer for the bottom level. Windows will be decorated with 94 metres of architraves, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm upstairs and 75 metres of the same architrave downstairs. Also 45.6 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm for the seven upstairs and five downstairs windows plus garage. Architrave, model # M1 will surround the balcony doors and an arch of two metres will be an impressive architectural feature.

The Finishing Touch decorative moulding can be viewed on the products page of the website.

 

Decorative Mouldings Create Stunning, Stylish Facades

French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

A double storey, 55 square house in Mount Waverley with French provincial influences is currently under construction. The exterior on both levels is handsomely decorated with the addition of lightweight, decorative mouldings provided by the Finishing Touch. The top storey features an arch over the window with a keystone, above the balcony over the front entrance. The effect is achieved with Finishing Touch mouldings model # W1120, sized 120mm x 55mm and Key1010, sized 350mm x 240mm. 9.6 metres of a large parapet, model # P8430, sized 43mm x 335mm, decorates the top centre of the balcony.

22metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, has been used as an eave moulding, whilst 2.4 metres of stringer, model # S20, sized 75mm x 50mm and 12 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 370mm x 30mm add further decorative qualities. The five front windows are finished with 36 metres of window architrave, model # W1120, sized 120mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm, contributing to the creation of a stunning façade.

The ground floor is decorated with 38.4 metres of parapet moulding at the mid level, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 3 metres of stringer, model # S20, sized 75mm x 50mm,  and 17 meters of quoining, model # Q300, sized 370mm x 30mm. The windows are decorated with 42 metres of window architrave, model #W1120, size 120mm x 55mm and 6 metres of windowsill, model #WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm and the front window features an arch and keystone (the same model numbers as for the top floor).

A single level, 40 square home in the post-modern style in Templestowe is under development. This build will require 72 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, 65 metres of window architraves , model #WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm, for ten windows, that are further decorated with arches, 1000mm in diameter. Decorative mouldings for the front door, at 1800 diameter, will complete the architectural features of the façade.

Some builds only require a simple decorative moulding, as is the case for three units under development in Burwood. 69 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm is needed for these post-modern units, each 22 squares.

The Finishing Touch decorative mouldings can be viewed on the products page of the website.