Banyule is an architecturally significant building as one of Victoria’s earliest grand residences and also for its sophistication and style. Colonial Architect John Gill designed the home and it is the only remaining known rendition of the Elizabethan style designed by him.

The home was built in 1846 for a Mr John Hawdon, an Englishman who drove cattle overland from New South Wales to the Port Phillip District in 1836. He selected property in Heidelberg, a rural retreat for the landed gentry and very popular during the 1940s, that had splendid views of the Yarra River. Architect John Gill designed the property to be constructed in an Elizabethan style with french gables, crenellated oriel, pepper pot pinnacles and chimney groups and it had a part-shingled roof. The original roof was replaced with slate entirely by 1867.

Further additions were added to the property in a sympathetic style in 1908, designed by Architects Klingender & Alsop. A two storey wing was added to the south east and the kitchen block was linked to the house on the north side. Later on, in 1922, repair work was carried out. The house was altered by Yuncken Freeman Architects in 1975 for use by the National Gallery of Victoria.They removed internal walls and doors, added a chimney and filled in fireplaces.

Grand houses of this era were highly decorated with decorative mouldings. In this modern era it’s possible for middle class suburban residences to exude elegance and grandeur with the addition of lightweight, decorative mouldings. The Finishing Touch are the experts when it comes to quality decorative mouldings. So much easier to transport and attach, the new, modern decorative mouldings have opened up the possibilities for decorative finishes to new builds.

 

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Art Deco Style Burnham Beeches

Art Deco Burnham Beeches

Located adjacent to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne is the well known 22.5 hectare property, Burnham Beeches. This magnificent Art Deco mansion, known as the Norris building, was designed by Harry Norris and built in 1933 for the Nicholas family.

A rare, elaborate example of its type in Australia, it is comparable with works in Britain and the United States The vast three storey house is built in reinforced concrete and surrounded by significant gardens containing a mix of indigenous and exotic plantings designed by Hugh Linaker.

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The original concept, with substantial outbuildings, was a self-sustaining estate. Architect Harry Norris was a prominent Melbourne Architect at the time who designed many iconic buildings. The property is classified by the National Trust and is Heritage listed.

By 1965 a large proportion of the landscaped gardens became too difficult to maintain, so the lake along with 32 acres of garden was donated to the Shire of Sherbrooke (now the Yarra Ranges Shire Council) and named the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, open to the public. Three acres at the front of the property became a miniature village in the early 1970s and has since been transferred to Parks Victoria.

Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett and developer Adam Garrison now own the property and have applied to redevelop the estate, hoping to bring it back to its original purpose and to become a tourist attraction. The proposed removal of about 13 beech trees at the entrance met with local protests and have recently been saved, with approval being given for the development of the site but not the removal of the trees. Plans include the restoration of the Norris building to become a six-star hotel and the addition of a microbrewery, shop and new restaurant inside the existing Piggery Cafe.

Art deco Norris bldg

The decorative mouldings that create a handsome and sleek finish to the art deco style in the Norris building were originally made of concrete. These days the Finishing Touch can supply art deco decorative mouldings in a lightweight material that is easy to transport and install, making it a very viable option for a modern build, capturing the elegance of the art deco period.

Toorak Apartments to Look Like a French Provincial House

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Architectural decorative mouldings can turn a plain building into a glamorous, elegant or sophisticated building. A project the Finishing Touch currently have under development in Toorak will make extensive use of decorative mouldings to make an apartment block look like a large French provincial home (example of a French provincial home above). The building is on three levels. The lightweight, easy to install decorative mouldings by the Finishing Touch required for the top and second floors are:

82 metres of French provincial eave mouldings, custom designed as per the Architect’s request, sized at 410mm x 376mm. 340 French provincial corbels will be attached to the eave mouldings, also custom designed and measuring 210mm x 85mm x 80mm.  Two different sizes of custom designed parapets will be used, 86 metres sized at 265mm x 60mm and 173 metres sized at 150mm x 40mm.

Further decorative finishes are created with the addition of 65 metres of French provincial stringer moulds, custom designed, sized 100mm x 60mm, 24 metres of custom designed French provincial flatband, sized 250mm x 30mm and 96 metres French provincial quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. the windows will be decorated with 196 metres custom designed French provincial flatbands for the architraves, sized at 150mm x20mm and 18 keystones.

On the ground floor a large corbel will feature, 720mm high x 900mm deep x 200mm wide as well as 9 balusters, 660 mm high. Further decorative finishes will be created by 120 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm with 124 metres of custom designed flatbands for architraves, sized 150mm x 20mm and 13 keystones decorating the windows. The fencing will be elegantly finished with 4 Edwardian pier caps and 12 sections of fence capping, 240mm wide.

 

Edwardian Decorative Mouldings in Demand

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Edwardian pier caps.

Often the Finishing Touch are kept busy supplying French provincial decorative mouldings for the ever popular architectural style. But last week Edwardian pier caps and wall capping seemed to be most in demand.

A builder in Kiama, NSW was supplied with six custom sized Edwardian pier caps. Four were sized at 440mm x 400 mm whilst two were 640mm x 640mm. Another builder was supplied with six Edwardian pier caps, sized 600mm x 600mm and 7.8 metres of Edwardian wall capping, 240mm wide for a build of a post-modern home in Malvern. 120 metres of flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB075, sized at 75mm x 20mm also lifted the finish for this home.

A house in Evans Road, Kew is being renovated by the owner. Old decorative mouldings on the building from twenty years ago now need replacing. The Finishing Touch supplied 9.6 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P8300, sized at 300mm x 235mm and 36 meters of parapet mouldings, model # P8200, sized at 200mm x 155m. Six custom made Edwardian pier caps, sized 500mm x 500mm and 9.6 metres of custom made Edwardian wall capping, 260mm wide give an elegant finish to fencing, whilst 24 metres of stringer mouldings, model # M22, sized at 100mm x 45mm help decorate the al fresco pool area.

A post-modern, 2 storey house in Keysborough features faux weatherboard panels on the top storey with brickwork underneath. Bricks are rendered immediately below the weatherboard panels and exposed on the bottom section. Flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm were supplied to be used as a stringer at the junction of the rendered brick and exposed brickwork.

An owner/builder needed eight custom designed columns, each 1700 mm high by 450mm diameter together with Doric bases and Tuscan capitals for a home in Reservoir, which will create a splendid façade. Ninety metres of window architraves, model # W19D, sized 120mm x 55mm completes the decorative finish.

Lightweight Decorative Mouldings For French Provincial or Post-Modern Styles

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French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Two French provincial houses, each sixty squares are being built in North Balwyn. The style will be greatly enhanced with the use of the Finishing Touch French provincial decorative mouldings. Each house will use exactly the same lightweight, exterior mouldings:

60 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, 64.8 metres of French provincial flatband, model # M28, sized 500mm x 30mm, 62 metres of French provincial flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, 50.4 metres of French provincial plinths model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of French provincial revealed plain window sills, model # M13, sized 144mm x 175mm.

A thirty square post-modern home in East Ringwood is under development. Arches will be a strong feature in this design with requirements for 86 metres of window arches, model # W 22, sized 100mm x 30mm for fifteen windows along with 18 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and two arches, model # W22, one arch 1400mm diameter, the other 1700mm diameter. Three keystones, model # GK3, will top the arches. The build will also use 31.2 metres of parapet moulding, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm and 29.2 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 180mm x 45mm,

A very well-known builder has sourced decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in Clyde. He is completing the build with a number of flatband designs – 9.6 metres of flatband, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm, 2.4 metres of flatband, model # M29, sized 170mm x 130mm and 9.6 metres of flatband, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm.

Another builder has ordered decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in East Kew. The façade will be enhanced by 180 metres of parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm and 400mm beneath it a smaller parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm. Windows will be decorated with 171 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48.6 metres of window sill, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. To install the lightweight, exterior mouldings the builder has ordered 15 cans of Touch’n’Seal.

 

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.

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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.