Current Projects Supplying Lightweight Decorative Mouldings for House Builds

House in Warrandyte with Finishing Touch decorative mouldings

A project was recently completed by the Finishing Touch for an Owner/builder at 12 Kelvin Court, Ringwood North. The post- modern, single storey house of forty squares has 5.4 metres of parapet moulding at the top of the building, across the entrance, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 95mm with 64 metres of a smaller parapet that surrounds the entire perimeter of the house, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm. Five windows have been fitted with window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 5mm and 62 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm.

A project presently under development for a house in Balwyn requires 15 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm and below the larger parapet, 6 metres of a smaller parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm. 4.5 metres in total for three arches, model # W1100, each one measuring 100mm x 45mm adds an eye catching decorative touch to the facade. Nine windows require 45 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, each sized 100mm x 45mm and window sills, model # SR15, each sized 135mm x 185mm. 15 metres of stringer, model# SR4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 50 metres of under gutter moulding, model #PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm completes the job.

Another project under development in North Balwyn is for a French provincial style house with a typical French provincial roof. The build requires 8 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8430, sized 430mm x 335mm, 72 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, and 64 metres of eave moulding, model # PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm. Thirty five window are to be supplied with window sills, model # WSR15, each sized 135mm x 185mm plus 175 metres of window architraves, model # WDG8XY, each sized 160mm x 50mm. The middle level of the house will be decorated with 45 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, whilst the front façade of the home will boast 48 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm – two lines of quoining panels will extend from the roofline to the ground, one a single panel and one a double panel. The front entrance will feature columns and above each column on either side of the entrance single quoining panels will extend to the roofline on the second storey.

Visit our Finishing Touch Products page for drawings and descriptions of the product model numbers quoted here. We also do custom made decorative mouldings, to your specifications. Contact us at the Finishing Touch for a quote.

French Provincial Decorative Mouldings Trending

French Provincial Style

French provincial mouldings are a hot trend for present building projects. A current project  for the Finishing Touch is in Strathmore for a sixty square French provincial home, supplying and installing seventy metres of French provincial eave moulding (model #PE8200), sized 195mm x 155mm, nine metres of French provincial chimney parapet mouldings (model #P8155), sized 155mm x 120mm, ten metres of flatband moulding (model #DGB100), sized 100mm x 20mm, two hundred and thirty metres French provincial window architraves (W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for thirty four windows and forty four metres of French provincial window sills (model #WSR15), sized 135mm x 185mm. At the base of the front of the house fifteen metres of flatband plinths (model #M35), sized 250mm x 60mm, were supplied. Creating a stylish façade are seven French provincial arches (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm and one keystone (model # K8212) 270mm high x 230mm wide x 75mm deep.

A sixty five square French provincial home in Brighton also sports a stylish façade with the addition of the Finishing Touch lightweight decorative mouldings which include eighty one metres of French provincial window architraves (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for twelve windows and six French provincial window arches (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm, which are further decorated with five French provincial keystones that sit in the middle of the arches (model #GK3), 190mm high x 140mm wide x 65mm deep. Other lightweight mouldings adding to the fine finish are sixty metres of parapet moulding (model #P7180),sized 180mm x 95mm, which sits between the upper and lower levels of the building. Also, one hundred and forty two metres of French provincial under gutter moulds (model #PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm, on the second storey around the perimeter of the building and downstairs where the roof extension extends from the building.

Two units that are a post-modern design with French provincial influences, each thirty five squares in Ashwood, have been finished with Finishing Touch decorative mouldings, 4.8 metres of eave parapet mouldings (model #PE4TRI), sized 150mm x 150mm, 84 metres of under gutter mouldings (model #PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm and 7.2 metres of parapet mouldings (model #EP28), sized 170mm x 90mm.  twenty four metres of quoining (model #Q300), sized320mm x 30mm, added an interesting touch, along with 19.8 metres of stringer moulding (model #M22), sized 100mm x 45mm.  Twenty windows in Unit 1 and thirteen windows in Unit 2 have been completed with 208 metres of window architraves (model #W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm and 7.2 metres of window sills (model #WSR1), measuring 140mm x 210mm.

Finishing Touch Supplying French Provincial Decorative Mouldings Around Melbourne

Decorative mouldings by The finishing Touch

At the Finishing Touch we’ve been busy lately. We have supplied and installed (using our recommended installer) decorative mouldings for a forty five square, post-modern residence in Forest Hills. The crowning glory is the 215mm high Keystone (code # K125) centred above the mitre of the building.  Twelve metres of parapets (code #P7180), sized 180mm x 95mm, seventy five metres of under gutter mouldings (code # PE70) sized 70mm x 70mm, fifty one metres of window architraves (code # W1090) sized 90mm x 40mm and 9.6 metres of window sills (code # WS5RT), sized 133mm x 91mm made up the full complement of decorative mouldings.

A sixty square, French provincial home in East Malvern is currently under development and requires decorative mouldings:
Seventy five metres of French provincial parapet mouldings (model # P8300), sized 300mm x 235mm.
Six metres of French provincial feature parapet (Model #P8430) sized 430mm x 335mm, sits over the top of the above parapet, in the middle as a feature.
Eighty one metres of French provincial parapet on the ground floor (model #P8250), sized 250mm x 195mm.
Two hundred and forty seven metres of French provincial architraves (model # W1100), sized 100mm x 45mm for twelve windows at the front, rear and sides.
Thirty eight metres of French provincial window sills (model # WSR15), sized 135mm x 185mm for the above windows.
Six French provincial arches for the front windows and five for the rear windows (model # W1100).

A builder renovating and restoring a property in Wellington Street, Collingwood, amongst an area of factories and large commercial buildings and showrooms, required six metres of flatband decorative mouldings with a thirty millimetre reveal. This was a special build, custom built to suit and supply only.

Another builder required supply only decorative mouldings for a 60 square French provincial home in East Brighton. The façade should be eye catching with five arches for the five front windows (code # W1090) topped with keystones above the arches (code # GK3) sized 190mm x 140mm x 65mm. Other decorative mouldings supplied were:
One hundred and forty two metres of under gutter mouldings (code # PE70), sized 70mm x 70mm.
Sixty metres of parapet mouldings (code # P7180), sized 180mm x 95mm.
Eighty two metres of window architraves (code # W1090) sized 90mm x 40mm.

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.

The Modern Arch Has Classical Design Elements Yet Is Lightweight and Decorative

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Arches have long been used in building design and in modern times they add a classical, elegant finish to a house build.  Originally built in materials such as stone, marble then cement, the easiest and most effective method to build an arch these days is to use a lightweight house moulding with a steel support.

Dating back to 3000BC was the original arch, the corbel arch consisting of two opposing sets of overlapping corbels, resembling inverted staircases, which meet at a peak and create a structure strong enough to support weight from above. Babylonian architecture made wide use of corbel arches. Then the Romans created a semicircular arch that could support great amounts of weight.  A wooden arch shaped frame was first constructed with stone work being built up around the frame and finally a keystone was set in position. This allowed the wooden frame to be removed and the arch was left in position. Stone arch technology was used on large buildings such as the Colosseum in Rome.

The next major design innovation in arches was in Gothic architecture with the experimental use of pointed arches. The pointed shape introduced a new aesthetic dimension and reduced the arch thrusts by as much as fifty percent which meant that the weight of the roof was now being supported by the arches rather than the walls and therefore the walls could be thinner.

The basket arch is a three-centred arch and sometimes called  ‘basket-handle arch’ or ‘anse de panier’. The Basket arch is a flattened arch whose ellipse like shape is determined by three arcs that are interconnected; with each radius being drawn from a different centre. Also known as Semi elliptical or Elliptical, this style of arch is mainly used in modern day building due to its simple design.

The Finishing Touch are the masters of lightweight decorative mouldings and can create the style and shape of arch desired in any building design.  For a custom made decorative arch moulding made from lightweight materials contact the Finishing Touch.

Massive Year Supplying a Large Variety of Decorative Mouldings

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The Finishing Touch have had a massive year, moving to a new factory and providing a large variety of lightweight decorative mouldings to enhance each building’s style. A quick snapshot of just a small sample of decorative mouldings manufactured in 2016 includes:
February
A two storey, post-modern home in Maude Avenue, East Doncaster was enhanced by French provincial window architraves and matching sills, with feature window headers over the lower storey windows and garage windows. The entrance was decorated with feature architraves with rivets and French provincial parapets and under gutter moulds created an elegant finish to the house.

March
Three units in Kenmare Street, Mont Albert were given a stunning finish with six arches and two keystones, parapet mouldings and French provincial style window mouldings.

April
A two storey, 60 squares home in Balwyn with a Georgian influence is simply splendid with columns, arched windows and a very grand portico topped with a gabled area and plaque

October
Two units with French styling influence, each forty squares, in Kenmore Road, Mont Albert were decorated with nine arches featured at the front, crafted from flatband mouldings. Further decorative mouldings were under gutter mouldings together with flat band mouldings, windowsills, parapet mouldings and quoinings.

November
A post-modern, single level home of fifty squares in Kings Meadows, Tasmania was supplied with specific custom sized mouldings including parapet mouldings, measuring 140mm x 140mm, over the portico, eave parapets, measuring 170mm x 180mm, window architraves measuring 90mm x 30mm and window sills, measuring 100mm x 60mm.

December
A post-modern, two storey house of forty squares at 9 Oak Cres, Lower Templestowe in the French provincial style has been gracefully finished with the addition of two different French provincial style parapets and French provincial style stringers installed 400 ml below one of the parapets. Windows were decorated with French provincial style window architraves and window sills as well as a window header 2.4 metres long that created a stunning feature above the middle balcony window.

French Provincial Decorative Mouldings Add Charm and Grace

French Provincial Style

French Provincial Style

A post-modern, two storey house of forty squares at 9 Oak Crescent, Lower Templestowe in the French provincial style has been gracefully finished with the addition of Finishing Touch lightweight decorative mouldings. On the top storey 9.6 metres of French provincial style parapets (model #P8200), measuring 200mm x 165mm, sit halfway between the second storey and the ground floor. Another 7.2 metres of French provincial style parapets (model #P8155), measuring 155mm x 20mm were used with 7.2 metres of French provincial style stringer (model #S1R4), measuring 90mm x70mm, installed 400 ml below the parapet. Windows were finished with fifty metres of French provincial style window architraves (model #W1090), measuring 90mm x40mm and the seven windows had 9.6 metres of window sills (model #WS5R2), measuring 133mm x 90mm, installed. A window header 2.4 metres long, (model # M23), measuring 265mm x 120mm created a stunning feature above the middle balcony window.

A French provincial, fifty square house in Ivanhoe was built on a slope resulting in two full storeys at the top with the bottom storey being smaller and including a garage. Thirty six metres of parapets (model #P4200) were used for this build, measuring 200mm x 199mm, with sixteen metres of stringer (model #S6R2), measuring 55mm x 27mm. Thirty eight metres of architraves (model #W11), measuring 100mm x45mm decorate the thirteen windows on all the storeys with window sills to suit, (model# WSR15), measuring 135mm x 185mm and eleven windows are further decorated with gorgeous arches over them ( model #W1100).

A large central window in the upper storey is decorated with 4.8 metres of window architrave (model #WB1), measuring 150mm x 50mm. Further decoration is created with the use of quoinings (model #Q400), measuring 430mm x 30mm on both the upper level and lower level. On the top storey sixty seven metres of under gutter moulding (model #PE70), measuring 70mm x 70mm were installed as well as seventy five metres of stringer (model # S1R4), measuring 90mm x70mm, which sits between the parapets between the top and second storey. Featured above the balcony is 9.6 metres of parapet on the top storey (model #P4300), measuring 300mm x 285mm, with a decorative keystone above it (model # PWK215), measuring 225mm x 190mm x 110mm.

Custom pier caps were manufactured and installed by the Finishing Touch on a property in Surrey Road, North Blackburn measuring 490mm x 490mm with one larger pier cap 1455mm x 480mm, on which the letter box sits next to the gate.