Decorative Mouldings For New Builds

As the new year begins and the construction business ramps up again the Finishing Touch have re-opened their doors for business after a refreshing summer break. Several projects are on the go, builders already putting in orders for our quality, long lasting decorative mouldings.

Example of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

A French provincial,55 square residence in Toorak is under development.  The build requires 85 metres of parapet, model # P8350, size 350mm x 280mm, 115 metres of parapet, model # P8300, size 300mm x 235mm, 2.5 metres of parapet, model # P250YZ, size 250 x 205 and 132 metres of parapet, model # P29, size 155mm x 65mm, being used as a stringer. 

More decorative features on this build include 36 metres of window architrave, model # WDG8XY, size 120mm x 50mm, also 190 metres of quoining panel, model # Q300, size 320mm x 30mm.  Five arches add a further decorative touch, one with a span of 3200mm, another with a span of 1645mm and three each with a span of 1200mm. On top of the arches will be four keystones, model # Key220, 220mm in height. Creating more architectural interest will be decorative corbels and two orb spheres, each 500mm diameter, on the roofline. Decorative features will be extended to the fence line with four French small pier caps, each sized 600mm x 60mm.

A single storey, Post-modern home in Burradoo in NSW is being supplied with 60 metres of window architraves, model # W100, size 100mm x 45mm, four arches made from W1100 architraves, one with a span of 6100mm, two with a span of 1250mm and another with a span of 2300mm. Three keystones, model # Key220, 220mm in height will atop the arches.

A small but interesting job for a Post-modern home in Greenvale is for a customised moulding for a curved wall, 22 metres of parapet , model #P300, size300mm x 235mm.

A Post-modern house in Glen Waverley was finished with 12.5 metres of parapet, model # P8350, size 350mm x 280mm, 27 metres of parapet, model # P8250, size 250mm x 195mm, 10 metres of parapet, model # P8200, size 200mm x 155mm, 47.5 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, size 90mm x 70mm and 42 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, size 320 mm x 30mm. Windows were decorated with 54 metes of window architrave, model # W1100, size 100mm x 45mm, 5 metres of window sill, model #WS15, size 130mm x 65mm and an arch, made with architrave, model # W1100 with a span of 2000mm, and a decorative keystone.

See the Finishing Touch products catalogue for the full range of decorative mouldings.

Demand for decorative mouldings through 2020

Despite the lockdown and restrictions in Melbourne due to the pandemic during 2020, demand for decorative mouldings continued with some dips, but overall production and supply continued steadily. 

Example of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

During the last half of the year the Finishing Touch completed the following projects. We note here some of the more unusual decorative mouldings, to illustrate the breadth of decoration that can be achieved with our lightweight architectural mouldings. 

July 

A French provincial house of 45 squares in Glen Waverley was elegantly finished with a variety of lightweight decorative mouldings including parapet moulding with corbels, model# P6240, size 240mm x 220mm and 60 x corbels model # C17, size 65mm x 80mm x 80mm. Another decorative feature of interest was 45 metres of quoining panel, model # Q400, size 430mm x 30mm,

August

French provincial style homes were the trend. Of interest was a French provincial home of 60 squares in North Balwyn that was supplied with a range of decorative mouldings, including two dormer windows with an overall height of 980mm, model #dormer 980, pictured below:

The front façade was further decorated with the addition of six fluted pillisters, 360mm wide x 75mm thick x 2400 high, with two at either side far left and far right on both the upstairs and downstairs levels and two at either side of the entrance. 

Another French provincial home of 20 squares was being developed in Glen Iris with an interesting effect being created using flatband model #M29, size 170mm x 30mm, being fully wrapped around the eaves with the addition of 90mm x 40mm dentil blocks. Six metres of model #M27 flatband, size 250m x 30mm, with another flatband underneath, model #M120, size 120mm x 30mm were decorative features on the portico. 

A large 50 square home in Camberwell in the French provincial style was also under development. With an extensive use of decorative mouldings, more glamour was to be achieved with 15 metres of plinth mould, model #DGPL600, size 600mm x 55mm, six arched windows made with window architrave, model #WDG8XY, size 120mm x 50mm and round, fluted and tapered columns, sized 560mm at the base x 490mm at the top with Doric bases and Tuscan caps.

September 

A month of working on plans for houses under development in Brighton, Sunbury, Reservoir and Mount Waverley, amongst others. The Brighton residence required custom-made decorative mouldings, which the Finishing Touch can produce to customers’ specifications, in addition to their stock models. 

October 

A home built in Doncaster with a French provincial influence was elegantly finished with a range of decorative mouldings supplied and installed by the Finishing Touch, including 14.5 metres of dental moulding , model # P6D320, size 330mm x 270mm, each dental sized 90mm x 90 mm x 40 mm with a gap of 90mm between each one. A post-modern house in Point Cook was highly decorated with decorative mouldings, including stringers, flatbands, parapets, window architraves and sills and 67 metres of quoining panel, model # Q300, size 320mm x 30mm and 18 x ballisters, 410mm in height.

A large, 55 square Post-modern home in Surrey Hills was finished with a range of decorative mouldings, as was a home in Glen Waverley, with the inclusion of 27 metres of quoining panel, model # Q600, size 630mm x 30mm.

November 

As building continued November kept the Finishing Touch busy fulfilling orders for their high quality decorative mouldings in Melbourne and interstate. With an easing of restrictions due to the pandemic there was an air of optimism for December and leading into 2021.

A post-modern design home being built in Doncaster was finished with the addition of a range of decorative mouldings for the exterior as well as another post-modern home in Glen Waverley. A grand home being built in Narrewarren, required 17 round, plain columns, bases and capitals and a house bult in Kalinga, Queensland was supplied with 26 metres of window architraves. With strong demand for pier caps the most commonly used models, Victorian, Small French and Plain, were being kept in stock for quick supply.

The full range of decorative mouldings can be viewed here.

Steven Di Gregorio, owner and sales manager of the Finishing Touch, has 15 years’ experience in the building industry supplying decorative mouldings, with an experienced team behind him. He provides top level service and sound advice to builders on decorative mouldings; how best to use them, best installation methods and latest trends. Advice on the selection of the correct sizing is critical to the finish of the build. If the wrong sized moulding is installed the high-quality look decorative mouldings can achieve will not be delivered and re-sell value will be lost. Contact Steve for expert advice when the factory re-opens for 2021 next Monday, 18th January.

Decorative Mouldings Feature in New Homes

A home being built in Doncaster with a French provincial influence is being elegantly finished with decorative mouldings supplied and installed by the Finishing Touch. Fine decoration is achieved with the addition of 14.5 metres of dental moulding , model # P6D320, size 330mm x 270mm, each dental is sized 90mm x 90 mm x 40 mm with a gap of 90mm between each one. Further decorative features are 43 metres of stringer, model # P29, size 155mm x 65mm, 138 metres of window architrave, model # W1070, size 70mm x 35mm, 25 metres of window sill, model #WS5R2, size 135mm x 90mm and 24 metres of another window sill moulding, model # WSR1, size 140mm x 210mm.

A Post-modern  house in Point Cook was supplied with 12 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, size 300mm x 325mm, 67 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8250, size 250mm x 195mm, 82 metres of parapet  moulding, model # P8200, size 200mm x 155mm, 108 metres of flatband, model # DGB1003, size 100mm x 30mm and 12 metres of stringer , model # S1R4, size 90mm x 70mm. More decorative features were 60 metres of window sill, model # WS5, size 130mm x 70mm,  67 metres of quoining panel, model # Q300, size 320mm x 30mm , and 18 x ballisters, 410mm in height.

A large, 55 square Post-modern home in Surrey Hills was finished with 52 metres of parapet moulding, model # P4240, size 240mm x 225mm, 27 metres of parapet moulding, model # P4200,  size 200mm x 195mm, 32 metres of Stringer, model # S6R2, size 55mm x 27mm,  66 metres of window architrave,  model # W1100, size 100mm x 45mm and 13 metres of window sill , model # WS5R2, size 135mm x 90mm.

A Glen Waverley home in the Post-modern style is set apart with the addition of 32 metres of parapet moulding, model # P7270, size 270mm x 145mm, 26 metres of stringer, model # S60, size 60mm x 45mm, 61 metres of window architrave, model # W22, size 100mm x 30mm, 14 metres of window sill, model # WSR1, size 135mmx 185mm and 27 metres of quoining panel, model # Q600, size 630mm x 30mm. The streetscape is finely finished with 7 Victorian, pier caps, size 490mm x 490mm.

All Finishing Touch mouldings are lightweight and made to the highest quality. They are long lasting and carry a 7 year warranty when installed by selected Finishing Touch installers.

Demand for Lightweight Decorative Mouldings

Typical French Provincial Style

There’s a lot of planning going on for residential homes this month. The Finishing Touch has been working on plans for houses under development in Brighton, Sunbury, Reservoir and Mount Waverley, amongst others.

A double storey, fifty square, post-modern home in Brighton under development requires 122 metres of Finishing Touch customised decorative moulding, sized 166mm x 50mm to be used as a stringer on the first floor and a parapet between the first and ground floor, 195 metres of flatband, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 53 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm.

In Sunbury a French provincial style, 50 square, double storey home is also under development. An elegant finish will be achieved with the addition of 110 metres of parapet, model #P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, 180 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm and 77 metres of plinth, model # DGPL450P, sized 450mm x 55mm. Windows will be decorated with 22 metres of revealed sills, model # WSR16, sized 145mm x 185mm, 170 metres of  window architrave, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm plus eighteen arches for all windows on the first floor,  formed from model # S6R2.

A smaller, double storey post-modern home of 35 squares in Reservoir under development will be completed with 25 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 32 metres of stringer, model # S60, sized 60mm x 45mm and 101 metres of window architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm.

A 45 squares, post-modern, double storey home in Mount Waverley under development requires 47 metres of parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm, 45 metres of parapet, model # P4125, sized 125mm x 120mm and 42 metres of stringer, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm. Windows will be finished with 98 metres of window architrave, model # W22, sized 100mm x 30mm and 23 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. As well as installation of the mouldings our installer will also render the window reveals ready for painting.

See our catalogue of Finishing Touch mouldings.

Decorative Mouldings & Render Products from the Finishing Touch

The Eyrie Eaglemont, Design by Vibe Design

Pictured The Eyrie, award winning home in Eaglemont, Victoria.

A three storey, post-modern home in High Street Road, Glen Waverley was recently supplied with 175 metres of parapet moulding, model # M23, size 265mm x 120mm and 14.4 metres of flatband, model # DGB1003, size 100mm x 30mm by the Finishing Touch, whilst a designer and builder in Brighton East was also supplied with 81 metres of flatband, model # M120, sized 120 mm x 30mm.

A builder ordered and was delivered with 180 metres of parapet moulding, model # M258S , sized 270mm x 200mm, 8.4 metres of parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm, 45 metres of flatband, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 15 metres of window sills, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm for a house being built in Nunawading

Pier caps were in demand recently with the Finishing Touch supplying 7 Edwardian Pier caps, sized 490mm x 370mm, for the fence of a house in East Kew and 24 French pier caps, sized at 490mm x 490mm for a build in Yarrawonga. A landscaping company required 9 Edwardian pier caps, customised to different sizes for a job in Malvern East. See the range for a quality finish to the streetscape for your build.

Renderers and builders can now get their rendering and accessories from the Finishing Touch, making it easier to get supplies of decorative mouldings and render all at the one stop. The Finishing Touch, based in Kilsyth, are now resellers for

MACRENDER (medium) base render for brick work 20 kg bags, MACRENDER HBS 20 kg bags for polystyrene walls and MACRENDER Hi-build 16 kg bags, as well as MACBOND latex liquid.

macbond

There’s currently plenty in stock. We are also resellers of rendering accessories from iQuip, stocking angles, hawks, trowels and floats.

Pick up at Factory 4/143 Canterbury Rd, Kilsyth, Victoria or call to order and arrange delivery (03) 9761 4774.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Australia Wide Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings

18 Abercrombie St Deepdene close windows

The word has got out!  Finishing Touch decorative mouldings are easy to install, high quality and last a long time. Orders are flowing in from all around Australia.

A two storey, post-modern luxury home of 120 Squares situated on a cliff top with stunning views is being built by an owner/builder at 1690 Boneo Rd, Flinders, Victoria. He is using high quality decorative mouldings – 125 metres of flatband, model # M130, sized 120mm x 30mm and 123 metres of parapet moulding, model P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm to enhance the façade.  Whilst 70 metres of a custom made internal cornice moulding with integrated  lighting will be a feature inside.

Janke Constructions are busy building a two storey, post-modern 60 square house at 12 St. Ives Road, Toowoomba, Queensland. 39 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm have been ordered from the Finishing Touch and 3.6 metres of a custom made decorative moulding for the facia of the Romeo & Juliette curved balcony is being manufactured .

Another Queensland construction at Hope Island, a suburb of the Gold Coast, is handsomely finished with architectural decorative mouldings. The 55 squares, post-modern design will feature 79 metres of eave parapet, model # M344, sized 345mm x 300mm, 77 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized at 320mm x 30mm, 53 metres of parapet moulding, model # M258B, sized at 258mm x 190mm.

All 34 windows will be decoratively finished with 241 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm and 66 metres of window sills, model # WSR1, sized at 140mm x 210mm.

A single storey homestead at Ross Creek, had a simple order for 91.2 metres of quoining, to be cut into 2 separate lengths –  320mm high x 180mm length and 340 mm length, for a stepped effect on the corners of the homestead.

 

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.