French Provincial Home Features Corbels

 

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A French provincial, fifty five square residence in Canterbury is being finished with architectural, decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. These quality, light weight decorative mouldinga will ensure an eye catching façade. 89 metres of eave moulding with corbels, model # P6D320, sized 330mm x 270mm on the first floor creates a more decorative look than is usual with the French provincial style. The corbel is sized at 90mm x 90mm x 40mm (depth) in a square block. More decorative features are achieved with 87 metres of stringer moulding, model # S1R4, sized at 90mm x70mm. 19 metres of window architrave, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm decorate the windows and a large feature surround to the balcony window is created with 9.6 metres of parapet mould, model # P7220, sized at 220mm x 115mm. Windows are finished with 6 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized at 130mm x 65mm.

 

The ground floor is elegantly finished with 67 metres of parapet moulding with corbels, model # P6D320, sized 330mm x 270mm and 77 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, 90mm x70mm. Windows are decorated with 38 metres of window architrave W1100, 100mm x 45mm and nine metres of  window sill WS15, sized at 130mm x 65mm. The front entrance features 12 metres of parapet mould surrounding the entrance, model # P7220, sized at 220mm x 115mm and two tapered columns sized 350mm at the base and 290mm at the top, with a Corinthian capital.

 

Currently under development a post-modern, three storey, seventy square home in Glen Waverley will require a custom sized decorative moulding. The second floor will be finished with 46 metres of large parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm.  On the first floor 69 metres of the customised parapet moulding, M23A, sized 265mm x 90mm will be needed with another 81 metres of the same customised moulding on the ground floor.

 

The Finishing Touch have a large range of ready-made decorative mouldings, but can also supply customised sizing and customised design decorative mouldings to the building trade.

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Record Number of Building Works in Victoria

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A RECORD $38 billion in building works were approved across Victoria in the past financial year.

New figures released by the Victorian Building Authority reveal a record 114,800 building permits were issued across the state in the 12 months to June 30.

It broke the record set in the 2009-10 financial year when 113,669 permits were issued, while the $38.4 billion value of works trumped the $32.8 billion recorded in the 2016-2017 period. The figures cover everything from houses to hospitals, as well as backyard pergolas and sheds.

Houses accounted for $19.8 billion of the permit values.

Melbourne City Council was home to almost $5.7 billion of the permits — soaring from just under $4 billion in the previous financial year. But it was the City of Wyndham in the city’s west where the most permits were issued, with 7231 projects expected to cost about $2.3 billion.

The figures are a further nod to Victoria’s broader economy, which NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster described as one of the nation’s best at present.

However, after a lengthy period as a major contributor, the building industry was believed to be heading to a peak, Mr Oster said.

“It’s very strong, but we think it’s getting close to the peak,” he said.

Originally published as Melbourne sets new building record.

New Suburb Weir Views Affordable Housing Lots

BUYERS will be able to snare a piece of one of Melbourne’s newest suburbs for as little as $155,000.

EIG Developments has announced it will transform more than 57ha of dormant land in Weir Views into almost 600 affordable housing lots, a $45 million shopping precinct, and sports grounds.

A government school has also been proposed for the site — formerly part of Melton South — for “well into the future”.  the “growth corridor” between Melton and Caroline Springs.

The ‘Opalia’ development would have an end value of about $200 million and form “the heart of Weir Views and a contemporary anchor for Melton”, EIG chief executive George Georgiou said.

Other new suburbs being developed in the vicinity are Harkness, Cobblebank, Strathtulloh, Thornhill Park, Grangefields, Bonnie Brook, Aintree, Fieldstone, Fraser Rise and Deanside.

Taken from realestate.com.au

 

 

Decorative Mouldings for Houses in Rowville, Ringwood North, Bulleen, Warrandyte and Ivanhoe

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pictured house in Bulleen finished with Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Latest news from the Finishing Touch is a request for a house under development. The post-modern, 50 square home is being built in Rowville.  The build will require fifty five metres of parapet moulding, model #P8300, sized 30mm x 235mm, 38 metres of a smaller parapet moulding, model #P8250, sized at 250mm x 195mm and 38 metres of another smaller size parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm. These will be highlighted with 42 metres of stringer, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm and 38 metres of a smaller stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm. Windows will be finished with 135 metres of window architrave, model # WP12, sized 90mm x 35mm and 29 metres of window sill, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. Also to be supplied are 11 cans of Touch n Seal amd 85 tubes of HB fuller ultra clear sealant for adhering.

Windows on a post-modern home in Ringwood North have been handsomely finished with 146 metres of window architrave, model # DGB075, which is a 20mm x 75mm flatband, and 42 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm.

The Finishing Touch often supply decorative mouldings for fencing. A house in Ivanhoe was supplied with eleven custom sized plain pier caps, 570mm x 570mm along with 18 metres of fence capping whilst a house in Malvern was supplied with eighteen plain pier caps, sized 600mm x 600mm. French and French modern are very popular styles, and eight French pier caps, sized 490mm x 490mm, were recently supplied for a house in Bulleen. A home in Warrandyte had its fence finished with 2.4 metres of custom made 350 mm wide French modern fence capping. Check out the range of fence capping and pier capping on our products page.

Esplanade Hotel, St. Kilda Sympathetic Renovations

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The iconic Esplanade Hotel on the esplanade in St. Kilda, Melbourne (the Espy) was closed for three years for renovations under new owners hospitality group Sand Hill Road. The extensive restoration included three live music stages, 12 bars and two restaurants.

“The Gershwhin Room is the MCG of music for a lot of people, it’s really hallowed turf,” Mr Maskiell of Sand Hill Road group said “To not have one of the best band rooms and best music and arts hotels in Melbourne operating has been a real shame. To have new life in it, to have it up and about and up on its toes, I think it is symbolic of a really bright future in the area.”

The attention to detail through the restoration the team have brought to the beloved hotel is breathtaking.

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The vision was to renovate the venue so it offered a diverse range of entertainment venues, from the old public bar to high end cocktail bars and restaurants.

Lined with 1980s Espy band posters, the public bar has retained its grungy feel and will host up-and-coming bands, keeping the Melbourne music scene alive.

A glass retractable ceiling in the main bar’s foyer shows off the hotel’s original 1878 building, which sits behind a facade built in the 1920s. Mr Maskiell said the group retained the historic parts of the hotel, restoring anything that was original, while replicating any that weren’t, keeping the same old-world feel. It is fascinating to see the beautiful decorative mouldings retained or restored from the original building. The fine detail and highly decorative designs hark to another time.

The upstairs level that was previously derelict now boasts a Cantonese restaurant and cocktail bars.

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‘The Ghost of Alfred Felton” cocktail bar on the top floor, is inspired by resident Alfred Felton who bequeathed his large fortune to the National Gallery of Victoria in 1904, elevating it to a buying league of international museums it would never again emulate.

The room features a 100-year-old bar and is adorned with art and antiques scoured from around the world to restore his old rooms to their former glory.

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Finishing Touch Projects For January 2019

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January 2019 has got off to a good start with some great projects being completed. The Finishing Touch moved premises late last year to Canterbury Road, Kilsyth and are pleased to have produced the high quality decorative mouldings they are known for on projects in Balwyn and Lower Plenty this year. Details of their lightweight, exterior mouldings supplied for each project are below:

A French provincial, two storey, fifty five square home at 16 Bevan Street, Balwyn boasts 79.2 metres of French provincial eave moulds, model # PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm, 91.2 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 86.4 metres of French provincial stringer, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm and 98.4 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Eleven windows are decorated with 67.2 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm with keystones above each of the windows. Decorative mouldings were supplied and finished with DAP Touch’n’Seal adhesive system.

A two storey “The Hamptons” style house of 40 squares in Lower Plenty was finished with 31.2 metres of parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm and 70 metres of parapet, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm. Two large, feature windows were decorated with three metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm and 16.8 metres of window architrave, using flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

Another project, currently being developed, is for a post-modern, two storey, fifty square house in Essendon. It will require 33.26 metres of parapet, model # P29, sized 155mm x 65mm, 54 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. Nineteen windows will be enhanced with 163 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm and 46 metres of window sill, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm.

2019 Construction Industry Predictions

30-winmallee-balwynKenny Ingram, Global Industry Director at global enterprise application company, IFS, has gazed into his crystal ball for the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries and made some bold predictions for 2019.

His no. 1 prediction is that 50 per cent of all construction projects worldwide will include modular content by 2022, driven by the growing global skills shortage.

IFS reported that in 2018 they saw four times greater customer activity around modular construction than in any other year before it. Across the globe in all areas of construction (e.g. schools, prisons, hospitals and luxury apartments), 2018 saw modular construction really explode onto the scene.

Mr Ingram predicts that new entrants next year will make modular construction even more essential.

“2019 will see growing numbers of traditional construction companies begin opening modular factories to stay competitive. And more new players will enter the industry – from manufacturing, supply chain and logistics to local governments, banks and insurance companies,” he forecasts.

Due to these companies offering great incentives such as flexible finance and service packages, there will be a huge pressure on building firms to adapt.

“They’ll need tighter control and more adaptability over every aspect of their projects. Proving they can, if necessary, partner up with larger networks of suppliers, offer services and maintenance on assets once built, including equipment hire, and yes, even offer or manufacture some modular units or components,” Mr Ingram predicts.

“It all adds up to an urgent need for better, more integrated digital management of complex, demanding projects,” he adds. *

The Finishing Touch have already adopted this type of construction, with the offsite modular build of lightweight decorative mouldings that are easily delivered to site and attached to the building with the use of the exclusive DAP system.

 

 

*Source: Build Australia

https://www.buildaustralia.com.au/news

 

Exterior House Design Trends 2019

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As Christmas 2018 is upon is it is timely to look at trends for house exteriors in the New Year. Exterior colours will be dark and bold, such as shades of charcoal, black, dark blue, dark green and dark red in combinations of primary and accent colours, creating a dramatic effect. Matte black is growing in popularity for exteriors, interiors and even for homewares. The classic white exterior with black trim is another colour trend gaining traction and be ready for the neutral shades too, greys and blues convey warmth and comfort.

During 2019 you will see more combinations of textures and finishes creating a contrast. The image of a home designed by Solar Solutions Design below captures the effect of combining materials.  Stone, cement and timber can be used together for a visually striking mishmash.

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Outdoor living spaces have dominated consumer interest as homeowners seek more lavish, useable adjuncts to home interiors. Outdoor amenities such as kitchens with covered roofs, designer outdoor furniture, portable heaters and fire pits will grow in popularity. Designing spaces to allow for year round outside living will be a trend in 2019.

Added to this is the effect of a growing focus on physical and spiritual wellness. In the coming year outdoor dining and living areas will be integrated with meditation areas, zen gardens and peaceful water features, creating a feeling of peace and well-being.

Another strong trend is a distinct shift towards sustainability that is being felt across the industry. Materials, design, heating, cooling – all aspects of house building will be considered through the lens of environmental concerns and sustainability.

The Finishing Touch wish all their clients and followers a very happy Christmas and look forward to continuing to supply top quality decorative mouldings to quality home builds in 2019.

Images attributed to Hebel.