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.

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Decorating French Provincial and Post-Modern House Facades

Decorative mouldings improve facade of these units.

The Finishing Touch has been busy this week with planning for three properties under development.  The first project is a 60 square property of three units in Tooronga Road, Glen Iris, Post-modern in style with a peaked roof.  This build requires 91 metres of eave mouldings, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm and 360 metres of window architraves, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm.

A larger project is for a French provincial style home of sixty squares in Canterbury designed by a leading Australian Architect. Decorative mouldings are all to a proprietary design with shapes and dimensions supplied by the Architect/Designer. The Finishing Touch supplies custom designed architectural mouldings and was able to meet the design brief for this build. Decorative mouldings required for the first floor are 108 metres of parapet, sized 375mm x 310mm. 108 metres of a larger parapet, sized 320mm x 845mm and 96 metres of a smaller parapet, sized 370mm x 155mm. Five arches, 1200mm in diameter add further glamour. On the ground floor 70 metres of parapet mouldings and another 70 metres of the larger parapet together with 28 individual quoining blocks, sized 600mm x 300mm, are highly decorative, as are the five columns, 3 metres high with Tuscan capitals and Doric bases. Windows are decorated with 42 metres of window architraves, sized 130mm x 80mm and 10.8 metres of window sill with a plinth reaching to the ground, all up sized at 785mm x 650mm.

Another property in Toorak is also in the French provincial style. To decorate the façade of this fifty five square house decorative mouldings for fifty metres of parapet moulding, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, twelve metres of parapet, model # P4160, sized at 160mm x 160mm, 13 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, sized at 90mm x 70mm plus 50 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm and 91 metres of quoining, Q300, sized at 320mm x 30mm. Finishing touch models can be viewed on the products page.

Decorative Mouldings Add To Stunning Build In Wantirna South

Finishing Touch decorative mouldings in Balwyn.

A fifty square property was recently built in the ever popular French provincial house style at 3 Avoca Way, Wantirna South. The Finishing Touch supplied a large number and variety of lightweight, decorative mouldings for the final touches to this stunning build.  The exterior mouldings included:

12 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P8430, sized 430mm x 335mm, 36 metres French provincial parapet, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, French provincial stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm, 26.4 metres French provincial under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 50.4 metres quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 320mm.

The nine windows were decorated with 98 metres of French provincial window architrave, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm and 24 metres of French provincial window sill, WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm. 7.2 metres of special architrave, model # W11JV with 50mm rivets created a feature for the balcony window over the front entrance, along with a 5 metre wide arch, model # W11RV, 150mm x 35mm, topped by a keystone, model # COR8162. The entrance itself is stunning with 7.2 metres of feature architrave, model # W11RV, measuring 150mm x 35mm with 35mm rivets every 400mm and featuring a keystone, model # KEY8230, sitting above the entrance and rebate mouldings, sized 120mm x 32mm dressing the columns.

A Post-modern, two storey building comprising of two units, each 34 squares, situated in Vermont is presently under development. Decorative mouldings are required for the 40 windows in total (20 each unit). The Finishing Touch can supply 308 metres of window arch, model # W1100, siized100mm x 45mm, 75 meters of window sill, model # WS6, sized 130mm x 80mm.  Other lightweight, decorative mouldings for the build include 149 metres of parapet, model # PPEP1, sized 160mm x 140mm, 125 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm and 14.4 metres of plinth mouldings, model # DGPL400, sized 400mm x 65mm.

Forrest Hills is the suburb in which another Post-modern block of two units, 30 squares each, is also under development. It’s requirements are more modest, needing 110 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm and 106 metres of stringer mouldings, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm.

All these projects have or will be supplied with DAP Touch ’n’ Seal for adhering the lightweight mouldings to the buildings, with a guarantee of longevity, a must for these high value builds.

 

French Provincial Style Decorative Mouldings For Modern House Builds

A fine example of Column Mouldings

A French provincial home of fifty squares situated at Gwenda Avenue, Canterbury  will look resplendent with two columns 3 metres high, each with a diameter of 400 mm, set upon Tuscan bases and topped with Tuscan capitals, all supplied by the Finishing Touch.

The decorative finish to the build and French provincial style was achieved with the addition of 72 metres of French provincial under gutter moulding, model # PE 70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 127 metres of French provincial parapet moulding, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm, and for the thirty three windows 245 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 19 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. Further decoration was added with 49 metres of quoining panel, model # Q300, 320mm x 30mm. Finishing Touch decorative mouldings can be viewed here.

The DAP system is highly recommended for adhering the lightweight decorative moulds to the building, and the Finishing Touch supplied thirteen Touch’n’Seal cans for this build.

The project for the build of a French provincial, two storey, fifty square home at 77 Maltravers Road, Ivanhoe is now progressing. This home will feature a widow’s walk.

Decorative mouldings, as shown in this blueprint,  have now been produced:

Custom made eave mouldings, sized 325mm x 250mm.

Custom made quoining panels to decorate the front of the house, sized at 630mm x 30mm.

Parapet mouldings, model # P400, sized 300mm x 285mm for the lower parapet. Another smaller parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm, as a stringer under the lower parapet.

Also, a parapet for the chimney, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm and stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm.

Under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm provides an attractive finish to gutters.

Window architraves, model # WP12, sized 90mm x30mm, and the seven windows upstairs have window sills that are in fact usually used as window headers, model # WH1A, sized 175mm x 170mm, demonstrating the flexibility of use of decorative moulding styles.

On the balcony above the entrance  a single arch, 2 metres wide , model # WP12, sized 90mm x 30mm provides a lovely finish.

 

Decorative Mouldings For French Provincial & Post-Modern Units

After a refreshing summer holiday break the Finishing Touch is back in full swing. Quotes for architectural decorative mouldings for new builds have been accepted and we are busy preparing orders for delivery.  Two of our clients are in Glen Iris.  The order for a post-modern building of four units in Alfred Street with a total area of 90 squares consists of:

154 metres of eave moulding, model # EP28, sized 170mm x 190mm.

204 metres of parapet moulding, model # DGP260, sized 260mm x 145mm.

450 metres of flatband, model # DGB1003, sized100mm x 30mm.

14 pier caps for the front fence.

 

The other order in Glen Iris is for a French provincial, two storey building of two units, 80 squares in total. This order requires a larger number of decorative moulding products:

210 metres of French provincial eave moulding, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm,.

72 metres of French provincial parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm,.

92 metres of French provincial stringer, model # F1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm.

260 metres of window architrave for 36 windows, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm.

10 metres of feature architrave, model # W11RV, sized250mm x 50mm around the balcony door.

100 metres of quoinings, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm.

40 metres of plain revealed window sill, model # M13, sized 145mm x 175mm.

16.8 metres of flatband, model # M29, sized 170mm x 30mm.

2 squared, tapered columns, measuring 350mm at the base and 290mm at the top, three metres high.

18 DAP Touch n Seals to apply the mouldings to the building.

 

Another build in Ralton Avenue, Glen Waverley of two post-modern, units, fifty squares in total requires:

140 metres of eave moulding, model # PE4TR1, sized 150mm x 150mm.

310 metres of flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

6 metres of plain window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm.

14.4 metres of stringer, model #S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm.

83 metres of parapet moulding, model # P250Y2, sized 250mm x 205mm.

The full range of products can be viewed online on our products page.  We can also custom make decorative mouldings to suit your particular sizing or design.  Contact Steve De Gregorio to discuss your next build requirements.

Our New Year’s Gift 10% Off All Decorative Mouldings

Christmas Cheer

Christmas is around the corner and the Finishing Touch have just received their Christmas gift – four container loads of architectural decorative mouldings from our overseas plant.  Lightweight and of excellent quality, these exterior mouldings are made to last and add a quality finish to any house build.  Because we have received such abundance we are passing on our good fortune to all our customers with a New Year offer of 10% off all decorative mouldings all January.  We understand that many builders take a break over January, so we advise you to place a pre-order with us before you go on leave.  We are happy to give the 10% discount, even if you don’t want delivery until after January 2018.

We will be closed from 22nd December to 8th January, but you can order your decorative mouldings by filling in details on the contact form here.

Our range of exterior decorative mouldings includes French provincial styles, arches, round and square columns, window headers, sills and architraves, keystones, quoinings, corbels, parapets, flatbands, under gutter mouldings and eave mouldings. See the full range with sizing on our products page.

Our decorative mouldings will not crack, shrink, expand or bend as they are made to exacting manufacturing standards.  We recommend all our customers use the DAP system for adhering mouldings to buildings.

Or we can provide installers to do it for you. Our 7 year warranty is your peace of mind.

We wish all our customers and potential customers a very Happy Christmas, enjoyable festive season and safe travels. Thank you for your support during 2017.

 

Arches, Columns, Keystones Glamourous Decorative Mouldings

It’s pre-Christmas and the Finishing Touch is busy supplying quotes and product to customers before the festivities of Christmas Day begin.  A single storey, 30 square post-modern home in Werribee is currently under development. The build require 9.6 metres of large parapet, model # P8430, 430mm x 335mm, 12 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, 70mm x 70mm, 65.4 metres of window architrave, model # W1100, 100mm x 45mm, 3 metres of window sills, model # WSR1, 140mm x 20mm, two arches, model # W1100, 100mm x 45mm, 2 metres across, two keystones, model # GK10, 10.2 metres of a smaller parapet, model # P8300, 300mm x 235mm, 16.8 metres of parapet (even smaller), model # P8250, 250mm x 195mm.  The DAP Touch N Seal system will also be supplied for adhering the lightweight, decorative mouldings.

 

A French provincial, sixty square, two storey home is also under development in Kew. To be supplied are – 158 metres of eave parapet moulding, model # P8300, 300mm x 235mm, 152 metres of window architraves, model # WP12, 90mm x 30mm, 53 metres of quoining, model # Q300, 320mm, 30mm, 7.2 metres of window sills, model # WS3DL, 130mm x 70mm, 67 metres of flatband, model # PWB05O, 50mm x 20mm. The home will ooze glamour with 25 keystones, model # KS55, 16 arches 900mm wide, model # WP12, 90mm x 30mm, 170 corbels, model # C17, 66mm x 80mm x 150mm and two fluted columns, each 3 metres high. model #CLRFH4, 350mm diameter,. The DAP Touch N Seal system will be supplied for adhering the decorative mouldings.

 

Finishing Touch supplies the DAP Touch n Seal system at very competitive prices to builders purchasing their high quality, lightweight decorative mouldings.  This system is highly recommended by the Finishing Touch and also available to installers, renderers and ancillary trades.