Post-Modern Units Require Decorative Mouldings

Units are the order of the day recently with enquiry coming into the Finishing Touch for decorative mouldings for three lots of units in Glen Waverly, Murrumbeena and Box Hill North.

Two post-modern units, 30 squares each in Glen Waverley, that are under development, require 106 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x70mm. To complete the post-modern style they also require 106 metres of stringer (flat), model # S19A, sized 260mm x 90mm and 122 metres of stringer, model # S19, sized 120mm x 89mm.

Another two units under development, 30 squares each in the post-modern style are located in Murrumbeena. They require 55m of parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 55m of flatband, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 106 metres of flatband, model # DGBO75, sized 75mm x 20mm.

Three double storey units, 20 squares each, post-modern design located in Box Hill North are also under development. They require 82 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm, 82 metres of stringer, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm, 107 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 34 metres of window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm.

A builder has enquired about Finishing Touch high quality decorative mouldings for a property in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, currently under development. This build needs 116 metres of window architraves, model # W22, sized 100mm x 30mm, 42 metres of window header, model # W190JV, sized 180mm x 190mm and 9 metres of flatband, model # DGBI003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

Check out Finishing Touch decorative mouldings here.

 

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The Architectural Value and History of The Royal Exhibition Building

The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne is an iconic building that was first constructed for the international exhibition held in 1880. Designed by Architect Joseph Reed of Reed and Barnes, the hall was originally surrounded by an array of annexes, with one of the annexes housing Melbourne’s first aquarium. His grand design was influenced by Rundbogenstil, a round-arched architectural style that combines elements from Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance buildings and the design for the dome was influenced by Brunelleschi’s 15th-century cathedral in Florence.Decorative mouldings and architectural features abound. This magnificent building has served the city of Melbourne in many guises.

Original building with annexes.

In 1901, the western annexe was converted to accommodate the Parliament of Victoria. In 1912 the Great Hall was the venue for the first Victorian Motor Exhibition, featuring parts, oils and the latest in imported vehicles. Seven years later the Great Hall was commandeered to be a hospital during the Spanish Influenza pandemic. Home Shows, first held in 1936, were popular with Melburnians, keen to see the latest trends in home and garden design. The Melbourne International Garden Show is still held at the Exhibition building and surrounding gardens annually.

Floral exhibits in the Great Hall.

The first exhibitions of the Australian War Memorial were held in one of the annexes and trainee technicians from the Royal Australian Air Force were actually housed in the Great Hall during the Second World War.

Following decades in which the building was used as a venue for charity dances, state receptions, musical pageants, evangelist missions and balls it became dilapidated and neglected with little consideration given to its historical value. In 1985 restoration work commenced and in the 1990s the building came under the care of Museum Victoria. It became World Heritage listed on 1 July 2004, after a rigorous international assessment process by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. As the only 19th century Great Hall to survive largely intact, still being in its original landscape setting, and used as an exhibition and event venue to this day, it is of enormous architectural value to the people of Melbourne.

 

 

Pier Caps Create A Grand Style On The Streestcape

The Finishing Touch manufactures and prepares pier caps for both builders and landscapers in a range of styles:

Edwardian

Victorian

Georgian

French

French Small

French Modern

Plain

A builder in Brighton is being supplied with French Modern pier caps and wall capping in the same style for a new home being built on a block where the old home has been demolished. 18 Plain pier caps are also being supplied to a builder in Shepparton. The Finishing Touch can also supply rectangular pier caps or custom make them to suit your individual piers. Pier cap decorative mouldings give a complete finish to your building’s fencing, creating a grand style on the streetscape and a good impression upon entry to the property.

A post-modern, double storey home of fifty squares in Mt. Waverley is currently under development. The build requires 9.6 metres of parapet, model # P8430, sized 430mmx 335mm, 64.8 metres of parapet, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, 264 metres of architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 48 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm and 40.8 metres of flatband, model # M27, 250mm x 30mm.

Whatever style of home your next build is the Finishing Touch can supply lightweight, decorative mouldings to complement and enhance the design of the house.  Quality is guaranteed and fixing is easy and effective with the addition of the DAP system supplied by the Finishing Touch.  Including exterior architectural mouldings to residential builds is an easy way to add value and distinction.

 

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.

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.