Decorative Mouldings for French provincial, Post-modern Builds and Unit Upgrade

French Provincial Style

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.

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.

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.

 

Labassa Mansion A Prime Example of Architectural Decorative Features

Labassa Caulfield

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.

Master Builders Appointment Sends a Welcome Message to Females in the Industry

International Women’s Day was a good day to announce that Master Builders Australia had appointed a women as its new CEO.  Denita Wawn has made history being the first woman to hold this role in the Association’s 127 year history and it is a strategic appointment, with a view to attracting more female workers to the $200 million building and construction industry.

Currently only 10 per cent of the workforce is female and Ms Wawn will work with schools, universities and employers to encourage wore women to join the 32,000, mostly male, workers in the industry. Ms. Wawn said that employers should be more proactive attracting women to the industry such as specifying in job ads that female applicants are welcome. She is hopeful that her appointment will help people to see that there’s a cultural shift in the industry and women are welcome. “I would love to think in 10 years if we can get it up to at least 25 per cent that would be fantastic,” she said.

Having held senior roles with the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Hotels Association and National Farmers’ Federation, she has plenty of experience in male-dominated industries and her message to young women is to be yourself and not try to be “one of the boys”.

The Finishing Touch welcomes this appointment and hopes to see more females attracted to the building and construction industry. As suppliers of decorative architectural mouldings to builders, the company has a long association in the industry and sees cultural shifts like this as beneficial.

Cases That Affect Contractual Agreements in the Building Industry

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As a supplier of decorative mouldings to the building trade the Finishing Touch works with a range of builders and sometimes directly supplies to owner/builders and was alerted recently to some court cases during 2016 that could affect contracts within the building trade. Contractual agreements between parties in the building industry can become the subject of disputes and when they do the clauses in the contracts become critical.

The first case can be applied generally as it relates to the amount of damages a party (for example, the builder) will pay when a contract breach occurs agreed upon at the time the contract is first entered into You may be familiar with the term ‘liquidated damages’. The case between Paciocco v ANZ [2016] went to the High Court in Victoria. The case looked at the possibility of a particular liquidated damages clause being struck out or struck down. This can occur if the court says the amount of liquidated damages specified is considered ‘extravagant’ or ‘unconscionable.’ In this case the court was dealing with the issue of late payment fees the bank was charging but the principles stated apply in other contexts, and they apply in particular to the construction industry.

In this case the court set a ‘new bar’ as to when a liquidated damages clauses may be struck out which has resulted in that bar now being set far higher than it used to be. This will make it much harder in future to have such a clause struck out as the precedent has been set.

Another case heard in 2016 in Victoria was about security of payment legislation. The case between SSC Plenty Road Pty Ltd v Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd involved the issue of a construction contract which provided for a method of resolving disputes between the parties if meeting and talking didn’t lead to resolution. The method stated in the contract was mediation. The case was to determine if the contract contained a ‘method of resolving disputes under the contract.’

Mediation was found not to be a ‘method of resolving disputes’ as it was not a method of resolving a dispute which is final, due to the fact that mediation of a dispute may or may not resolve a dispute and therefore the dispute may drag on. The overarching purpose of the legislation which is to settle disputed claims for payment quickly and with tight time frames was not met by mediation the court found as it was not a method of resolution of disputes, but a ‘mere’ forum for the issues within a dispute to be aired.

As, in the case of The Finishing Touch whose supply of lightweight, architectural decorative mouldings to builders has become ever more popular, business increases and more agreements are entered into it is important to be across changes that may affect the outcome of any disputes.

Architectural Style, Flair And a Stunning Finish

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Creating a particular architectural style, adding flair and a strong statement to your house build is easily achieved with the addition of decorative mouldings. Whether building a French Provincial, Mediterranean, Georgian, Art Deco or Post-Modern home decorative mouldings will help achieve the style and look you desire.  The modern type of decorative architectural mouldings are lightweight and easily installed to the finished build, prior to painting. The Finishing Touch have developed a manufacturing process that produces lightweight mouldings of a very high quality in a smooth finish or sandstone finish. The most popular features throughout the history of buildings have been arches and columns and now-a-days, with the application of lightweight mouldings, it is so easy to make a grand design statement.

Arches
Arch mouldings are made to follow existing arch lines and can be cut in almost any profile desired. Once a template, with the radius or the span and rise desired for an arch, is supplied it will to be specifically moulded to meet the specifications.
Keystones
Keystones were originally the pivotal point of an arch, they then became highly decorative as well. They come in a large range of sizes to suit different arch spans, whether over a window or an entrance. Style-wise there is a choice of designs from Grecian style scrolls and flourishes to modern, clean lines.
Columns
Column mouldings are made in two halves to wrap around steel or timber posts. They come in four main shapes – round, fluted, square and tapered.  Column capitals are also available for columns and come in a variety of styles including Doric, Ornate or Single Doric with Plinth to suit all four main shaped columns. Columns and column capitals come in a range of sizes, with square columns being able to be made to any custom size.
The selection of decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch range will ensure not only design integrity but a long lasting exterior moulding guaranteed not to warp, shrink or bend once installed.