Buildings of The Future New Design Approaches

“The 3D printer is significantly disrupting the traditional design role held by the structural engineer but, at the same time, presents exciting new opportunities in how building designers will create, relocate and shape buildings of the future,” said Peter Greaves, Aurecon’s Buildings of the Future Leader. In Aurecon’s white paper ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’ inspired by interviews with a broad group of professionals across the built environment who were asked to imagine how buildings of the future may look and how they may be created, 3D printers were identified as a major disruptor.

The paper reports that new design approaches are being fuelled by the use of new, flexible construction materials, including composite materials, additive manufacturing concrete, solar polymers and carbon fibre balsa. The traditional architectural limitations of size, weight and shape that the building and construction industry is currently working within is about to change dramatically.

One of the areas of building in which this change is already happening is in the manufacture of decorative mouldings. Innovative companies, such as the Finishing Touch, are using new materials to produce lightweight decorative mouldings that look exactly the same as the traditional building materials of concrete and stone. Manufactured from a high grade computer cut EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound reinforced with sand, the new style decorative mouldings are easier to make, take less time to manufacture and are lighter to transport, offering many savings in building costs.

As in any building it is important to ensure that the best methods, processes and quality materials are being used. Unfortunately, there are some suppliers that claim to supply a similar product, but the quality is poor and the decorative mouldings do not stay adhered after a year or two. The Finishing Touch are often contracted to replace these low quality products with Finishing Touch superior quality decorative mouldings, using a fixing process that has a 7 year warranty. As innovators in the building industry, the Finishing Touch are leaders in the supply of quality, reliable, affordable, lightweight exterior decorative mouldings.

 

Busy Month Supply Decorative Mouldings for New Builds, Upgrades and Renos

Finishing Touch decorative mouldings in Balwyn.

The Finishing Touch supplied a number of decorative mouldings to complete the build of a post-modern, fifty square home in Glen Iris. Architectural decorative mouldings included an ornamental border frame, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm, that sits above the balcony as a square picture frame. Eight windows have been attractively finished with 100 metres of window architraves, model# M1, measuring 110mm x 30mm and window sills, model # WS2, measuring 130mm x 70mm. Adding to the handsome façade is 127 metres of parapet mouldings, model # M25813, sized 265mm x195mm and 60 metres of stringer mouldings, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x70mm.

As so often happens, the Finishing Touch have been called in to replace poor quality decorative mouldings that were incorrectly installed on an existing home. The forty square, double storey house in Glen Waverley required a large number of high quality decorative mouldings as replacement. 58 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm along with 9.6 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P4400,sized 400mm x 380mm were required. Fourteen windows needed 38 metres of window headers, model # WH1A, measuring 175mm x 170mm, 51 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, measuring 135mm x 185mm and a double architrave combination made up of 70 metres of flatband architraves, model # DGB100, measuring 100mm x 20mm and 80 metres of architraves, model # WDG8XY, measuring 120mm x 50mm. The addition of 48 metres of quoinings, model # Q300, measuring 320mm x 30mm, made for a lovely finish to the façade. Builders now appreciate that the Finishing Touch supply a high quality, long lasting decorative moulding that won’t shrink, warp or fall off, with certified installers and provide a 7 year warranty.

Another existing home in Surrey Hills needed to freshen up its façade, so the Finishing Touch supplied their quality, lightweight mouldings for this three year old, post-modern home of forty squares. The upgrade required 16 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm, 16 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P7140, sized 140mm x 75mm and 16 metres of under gutter eave moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm. Ten windows were improved with 22 metres of window sill mouldings, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and 48 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm completed the new look façade.

The conversion of a commercial premises which was formerly a panel shop, in Blackburn Road, East Doncaster required 43 metres of lightweight parapet mouldings, model #P7270, sized 270mm x 145mm.

Altogether it’s been a busy month in May as the Finishing Touch heads into June with a flurry of activity expected.

Overnewton Castle Created From A Simple Homestead

An uncomplicated single storey bluestone homestead of 6 rooms with shuttered windows and wide verandahs in true colonial style was turned into a castle back in 1859 just to the west of the Keilor township and is known to this day as Overnewton Castle.  Overlooking the Keilor Valley the castle enjoyed excellent views as far west as Mt Macedon. A Scotsman named William Taylor purchased 13,000 acres of rich agricultural land suitable for grazing upon which the property stood. After visiting his homeland Scotland he was inspired to return to Australia and create a baronial Scottish castle in miniature.
The architecture of the extensive renovations was in the Victorian Tudor style, taking inspiration from 16th century Scottish and English architecture. The Scottish baronial influence is evident in the rough hewn and featured masonry, steep pitched roofs and the overhanging battlement corner turrets, with an elegant French provincial influence in the form of candle snuffer roofing features.

Note the candle snuffer roofing feature.

The renovations included the addition of a formal two storey wing to the original homestead with separate bluestone dairy, butcher shop and a very grand billiard room. The humble home became a castle of thirty five rooms, which included 7 bedrooms, a schoolroom, a library, a drawing room, 2 functional kitchens and servant’s quarters. The master bedroom was quite modern with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

Interior Overnewton Castle

The bluestone was quarried on the estate and finished in a yellow gravel stucco rendering. A Keystone featuring the Taylor crest sits above the master bedroom window, with smaller keystones carrying other motifs above other adjacent windows. Keystones have definitely come back into fashion with many Finishing Touch clients ordering our lightweight keystone decorative mouldings to add some glamour to their building designs.
William Taylor died in 1903 passing on the estate to his son William Henry and the estate remained with the Taylors until 1959 when the Carr family purchased it and established a reception centre on the lower floors. Overnewton Castle still operates today as a reception centre with the original billiard room serving as a chapel for weddings.

Custom Designed Decorative Mouldings for Phillip Mannerheim French provincial Home

A Phillip Mannerheim design

A beautiful, two storey, fifty square Phillip Mannerheim designed home at 4 Elphinstone Court, Kew after the French provincial style has been finished with custom designed decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch.  The home carries the distinctive style of this popular Victorian Architect. Such a home demands the best in quality and the Finishing Touch were pleased to supply the following in lightweight, quality mouldings :

70 metres of parapet eave moulding, sized 150mm x 150mm.

A 9.6 metre front centre moulding, measuring 300mm x 200mm.

A 4 metre top moulding as the centrepiece at the buildings mitre peak, measuring 840mm x 600mm.

50 metres of window architraves, sized 120mm x 50mm with 50 metres reveal (scotia) sized 70mm x 100mm.  The windows all have custom made decorative blocks.

Two parapet scrolls (model # PAR7889) on top of the building either side of the top moulding.

Two special keystones (model nos. KEY8230, KEY8229).

A two storey, French Provincial home of sixty squares with a traditional French Provincial pitched roof has been constructed at 16 Stroud Street, Balwyn with a large number of standard and custom made mouldings from the Finishing Touch. They included:

144 metres of large eave moulding (model # P4240), sized 240mm x 225mm, for the upper storey and lower roof line.

24 metres of under gutter moulding (model # PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm, on the front of the house façade for the upper floor.

34 metres of window architraves (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm, for eight windows at the front of the building.

12 metres of window sills (model # WSR15), sized 135mm x 185mm.

8 arches around the windows.

22 metres of parapet moulding to form a façade between the first and ground floor (model # P8200), sized 200mm x 155mm.

Beneath the parapet façade 17 metres of stringer mouldings (model #SIR4), sized 90mm x 70mm.

85 custom made feature blocks cut into squares to be dentils between the façade and the stringer were manufactured to specification.

55 metres of quoinings (model # Q300), sized 320mm x 30mm.

A custom made decorative moulding in the form of a 400mm x 200mm parapet was supplied by the Finishing Touch for a renovation of an outdoor room/living area in Clendon Rd, Toorak.

 

Rupertswood a Beauty of Bygone Days

Rupertswood Mansion

When the foundation stone was laid for the build of Rupertswood on the 29th of August, 1874 over a thousand people were in attendance. Architect George Brown designed the mansion and it was constructed by George Sumner and Company. Its original interior design was by Shemmel and Shilton. The substantial entrance featuring a superb gatehouse and massive gates were designed by George Brown.

Gatehouse at Rupertswood

The two storey mansion featured a 100ft high tower, mansard roof and ‘widow walk’ and was surrounded by extensive gardens and parklands with a large artificial lake.

The mansion was built for Sir William Clarke in the borough of Sunbury and later passed to his son Rupert upon Sir Clarke’s passing. Rupertswood is of historical significance as it is the birthplace of the Ashes Cricket Series. The historic match was played at Rupertswood during the tour of 1882 and Lady Clarke presented the victorious Captain of the visiting English XI, Ivo Bligh, an urn containing the burnt bails from the match. Entertainment was the order of the day, with hunts, balls and house parties often held by the Clarke family. Their guests arrived by train at the Estate’s own private Railway Station, which was still in use until 2004.

This delightful mansion from yesteryear is a fascinating example of how the addition of exterior and interior architectural decorative mouldings add charm and beauty to the original design.

Rupertswood facade and interior

The decorative mouldings at that time would have been constructed from stone or cement masonry and quite heavy and difficult to place and expensive to repair. At the time such works had to be completed by artisan stone masons at great expense.  In this day and age it is so easy to add the beautiful finish a decorative moulding creates.  The Finishing Touch make a unique lightweight moulding, used on many house designs in Melbourne and surrounds. Their quality exterior decorative mouldings have gained a wide reputation for quality and longevity despite being lightweight and easy to adhere. A product warranty of 7 years is provided, however if a moulding requires replacing it is now relatively simple and easy to accomplish.

French Provincial Decorative Mouldings Trending

French Provincial Style

French provincial mouldings are a hot trend for present building projects. A current project  for the Finishing Touch is in Strathmore for a sixty square French provincial home, supplying and installing seventy metres of French provincial eave moulding (model #PE8200), sized 195mm x 155mm, nine metres of French provincial chimney parapet mouldings (model #P8155), sized 155mm x 120mm, ten metres of flatband moulding (model #DGB100), sized 100mm x 20mm, two hundred and thirty metres French provincial window architraves (W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for thirty four windows and forty four metres of French provincial window sills (model #WSR15), sized 135mm x 185mm. At the base of the front of the house fifteen metres of flatband plinths (model #M35), sized 250mm x 60mm, were supplied. Creating a stylish façade are seven French provincial arches (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm and one keystone (model # K8212) 270mm high x 230mm wide x 75mm deep.

A sixty five square French provincial home in Brighton also sports a stylish façade with the addition of the Finishing Touch lightweight decorative mouldings which include eighty one metres of French provincial window architraves (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for twelve windows and six French provincial window arches (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm, which are further decorated with five French provincial keystones that sit in the middle of the arches (model #GK3), 190mm high x 140mm wide x 65mm deep. Other lightweight mouldings adding to the fine finish are sixty metres of parapet moulding (model #P7180),sized 180mm x 95mm, which sits between the upper and lower levels of the building. Also, one hundred and forty two metres of French provincial under gutter moulds (model #PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm, on the second storey around the perimeter of the building and downstairs where the roof extension extends from the building.

Two units that are a post-modern design with French provincial influences, each thirty five squares in Ashwood, have been finished with Finishing Touch decorative mouldings, 4.8 metres of eave parapet mouldings (model #PE4TRI), sized 150mm x 150mm, 84 metres of under gutter mouldings (model #PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm and 7.2 metres of parapet mouldings (model #EP28), sized 170mm x 90mm.  twenty four metres of quoining (model #Q300), sized320mm x 30mm, added an interesting touch, along with 19.8 metres of stringer moulding (model #M22), sized 100mm x 45mm.  Twenty windows in Unit 1 and thirteen windows in Unit 2 have been completed with 208 metres of window architraves (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm and 7.2 metres of window sills (model #WSR1), measuring 140mm x 210mm.

Finishing Touch Supplying French Provincial Decorative Mouldings Around Melbourne

Decorative mouldings by The finishing Touch

At the Finishing Touch we’ve been busy lately. We have supplied and installed (using our recommended installer) decorative mouldings for a forty five square, post-modern residence in Forest Hills. The crowning glory is the 215mm high Keystone (code # K125) centred above the mitre of the building.  Twelve metres of parapets (code #P7180), sized 180mm x 95mm, seventy five metres of under gutter mouldings (code # PE70) sized 70mm x 70mm, fifty one metres of window architraves (code # W1090) sized 90mm x 40mm and 9.6 metres of window sills (code # WS5RT), sized 133mm x 91mm made up the full complement of decorative mouldings.

A sixty square, French provincial home in East Malvern is currently under development and requires decorative mouldings:
Seventy five metres of French provincial parapet mouldings (model # P8300), sized 300mm x 235mm.
Six metres of French provincial feature parapet (Model #P8430) sized 430mm x 335mm, sits over the top of the above parapet, in the middle as a feature.
Eighty one metres of French provincial parapet on the ground floor (model #P8250), sized 250mm x 195mm.
Two hundred and forty seven metres of French provincial architraves (model # W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for twelve windows at the front, rear and sides.
Thirty eight metres of French provincial window sills (model # WSR15), sized 135mm x 185mm for the above windows.
Six French provincial arches for the front windows and five for the rear windows (model # W1100).

A builder renovating and restoring a property in Wellington Street, Collingwood, amongst an area of factories and large commercial buildings and showrooms, required six metres of flatband decorative mouldings with a thirty millimetre reveal. This was a special build, custom built to suit and supply only.

Another builder required supply only decorative mouldings for a 60 square French provincial home in East Brighton. The façade should be eye catching with five arches for the five front windows (code # W1090) topped with keystones above the arches (code # GK3) sized 190mm x 140mm x 65mm. Other decorative mouldings supplied were:
One hundred and forty two metres of under gutter mouldings (code # PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm.
Sixty metres of parapet mouldings (code # P7180), sized 180mm x 95mm.
Eighty two metres of window architraves (code # W1090) sized 90mm x 40mm.