Example of French Provincial decorative mouldings.
Eight arches with architraves originally adorned a heritage, commercial building, the Queensberry Hotel, situated on the corner of Queensberry Street and Swanton Street, Carlton. At one stage they were removed but recently the decision was made to restore them and the Finishing Touch were called upon to supply their quality architectural mouldings. They supplied the restoration with 27 lengths of 3 metre architrave mouldings, in a style similar to French provincial, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm. These decorative mouldings were used to form the one metre diameter arches. They also supplied a DAP adhesive and sealant.
A French provincial, two storey, fifty square home recently built in Strathmore boasts an elegant façade with the addition of exclusive French provincial decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. A beautiful finish was achieved with 58 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P4200, sized 200mm x 195mm, 8 metres of French provincial parapets with dentals, model # P6240, sized 240mm x 220mm and 34 metres of French provincial quoinings, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Further decoration was added with 6 metres of French provincial plinth, model DGPL400, sized 400mm x 55mm.
The windows of this Strathmore property were decorated with French provincial architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 23 metres of French provincial windowsills, model #WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. Adding further glamour to the façade was one large arch for the balcony window and four small arches for windows at the front. 8 metres in total of model #W1100, sized 100mm x45mm was supplied for the arches.
Please view the decorative moulding models on the Finishing Touch Product page.
We are so happy with this product that we want all our customers to have it! After five years using the DAP Touch’n’Seal system exclusively we, at The Finishing Touch, have concluded it is the only polyurethane foam product we recommend for our decorative architectural mouldings. It will be available for sale in November through The Finishing Touch and we are currently taking orders.
And why do we recommend DAP Touch’n’Seal? It’s the fastest moulding install method available with a drying and full grab time of only 3-5 mins (depending on humidity levels). Compared to most other polyurethane foam based products, which take 10 mins or more to dry, this is great news for builders where time means money. And the other alternative, tile adhesive based powders are not really in the race, they are so messy to prepare and take much longer to set.
Touch’n’Seal is versatile too. It can be used for polystyrene foam cladding walls and, because it’s fire rated, it can be used as a gap filler around cables and pipes on building sites. With so many applications it’s a handy system to have on hand, able to be used on wood, masonry, insulating foam boards, metal, plastics and sheetrock.
The system comprises 3 items – Touch ‘n Seal Gun Foam II polyurethane foam, a high-performance, one component, approved Type V Residential Fireblock sealant. Sharpshooter-D Applicator Gun, specially suited for use with Touch ‘n Seal® gun foam products and is the correct one for proper application of the adhesive on architectural mouldings.
And when you’re done Poly Foam Cleaner easily cleans up any foam from hands, tools and applicator guns, dissolving any uncured polyurethane foam. It is important to use this cleaner as it’s the only cleaner designed for the Sharpshooter –D Applicator Gun, keeping it thoroughly clean so it continues to perform.
As there will be limited supply and this is a popular system, we advise you get your orders in now so you can be sure to receive the DAP Touch’n’Seal system when it becomes available for sale in November. Contact us to place your order.
The Finishing Touch have just completed a project for an owner/builder on their forty square post-modern home at 14 Jackson Street, Forrest Hill, supplying decorative mouldings.
The house façade was much enhanced with the addition of 17 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 32 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm, 7 metres of stringers, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 9 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, used around the balcony. The eight windows were beautifully finished with 72 metres of window arches, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm which also extended to the two garage doors and were completed with 22 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 210mm x 140mm. View the range here.
A 30 square, Victorian style single storey house in Sale was also supplied with high quality decorative mouldings for an owner/builder. The 28.8 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 17 metres of plinth, model # DGBL300, sized 300mm x 40mm, 15 metres of stringer, model # SGR2, sized 55mm x 27mm, 43.2 metres of small parapet, model # P4125, sized 125mm x 120mm, 24 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm and 22 corbels will add considerably to the decorative finish of this stylish build. The windows were decorated with 22 metres of flatband used for window architraves, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 5.4 metres of window sill, model # WS172, sized 172mm x 60mm, was used for two main windows. View the range here.
The Finishing Touch decorative mouldings suit a range of architectural styles, including–
• Georgian Architecture
• French Provincial Architecture
• Mediterranean Architecture
• Tuscan Architecture
• Art Deco/Modern Architecture
The Finishing Touch can also design and manufacture customised decorative mouldings, using the same technology and manufacturing methods employed in producing the Finishing Touch range of architectural mouldings. Old or damaged decorative mouldings on existing buildings can also be replaced with high quality, long lasting Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.
All Finishing Touch decorative mouldings feature the exclusive trademarked “Driplip” system, which stops water marks and stains defacing the building below the mouldings.
The Finishing Touch supplies the building trade in Melbourne with high quality, lightweight decorative mouldings. Sometimes they will supply to country Victoria or interstate as well. A recent project was for a three year old double storey, forty square existing home located in Jumortoun in country Victoria, which has two double garages. The house upgrade was supplied with 29 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm and 29 metres quoining Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. The ten windows were spruced up with 90 metres of French provincial window architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 11 metres of French provincial window sills, model # WS14, sized 130mm x 65mm and 33 metres of French provincial window headers, model # WHIA, sized 175mm x 170mm.
The build for a Post-modern, 50 square home in Doncaster was supplied with 130 metres under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 150 metres parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm and 150 metres of stringer, used as a small parapet, model #M24, sized 180mm x 120mm.
A project currently under development in Strathmore is for a French provincial, 50 square home. The build will require 17 metres of under gutter moulding, model #PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 60 metres of parapet moulding, model # P1460, sized 160mm x 160mm, 27 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Eight feature windows will be decorated with 40 metres of French provincial window architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 11 metres of French provincial window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. 5 metres of arch mouldings will also be supplied for 5 arches, each 1000 mm wide span.
Finishing Touch have been contracted to replace the cheap, polyurethane mouldings used on an existing fifteen year old property, which is one of six units, as the old mouldings have deteriorated. 22 metres of custom designed parapet moulding, sized 460mm x 80mm and 6 metres of customised columns, sized 440mm x 90mm have been supplied.
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.
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.
The mansion known as Labassa in Caulfield was formerly a modest country house built for Melbourne judge Richard Billing in 1862 and originally named Sylliot Hill. Alexander William Robertson of Cobb and Co Coaches fame, renamed it ‘Ontario’ when he purchased it in the 1880s. Robertson had big plans, commissioning the German born Architect John A B Koch to remodel the house into a 35 room mansion. The home, situated on a 6 hectare site featured gilt embossed wallpapers, ornate and finely detailed stained glass feature windows and a unique ‘trompe l’oeil’ ceiling (a painted three dimensional mural) when remodelled. Robertson also added massive caste iron gates, redolent of an English palace.
The next owner was John Boyd Watson II, the heir to a Bendigo Mining fortune, who purchased the mansion when Robertson died. Watson was a man of leisure who did not need to work. When he died in 1920 his wife sold the property. Unfortunately, the beautiful home steadily deteriorated over time and by the 1970s it had become a virtual commune with hippy tenants paying homage to Bohemia.
The National Trust purchased the property in 1980 and faithfully restored it to its former glory. Its magnificent verandahs, corinthian arches, ornate plasters, grand staircases, trompe l’oeil ceiling and ornate decorative mouldings on the exterior and interior once again reflecting Architect John Koch’s vision, in its ‘French Second Empire’ style.
Labassa is of genuine architectural significance as the most prominent example of a small number of houses built in Australia in what is known as the French Renaissance style. It is the most important surviving work of German Architect John A B Koch.
Homes of historical architectural significance are prime examples of the beauty of architectural decorative mouldings and much of their magnificence is due to these decorative features. The Finishing Touch are suppliers of modern era decorative mouldings, which are lightweight, high quality and easy to install.