Supplying architectural mouldings for grand residences

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A large, 70 square modern contemporary residence in Toorak sits grandly in the streetscape with the addition of 50.4 metres of large parapet, model # P4400, sized 400mm x 380mm, 52.8 metres of parapet model # P4300, 300mm x 285mm and 12 metres of parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm from the Finishing Touch. 12 metres of stringer moulding, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 84 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm were features. The many windows were decorated with 54 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm.

A modern 60 square contemporary residence in Camberwell was recently finished with decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. To create a beautiful façade for the building a total of 37 metres of parapet, model # P4200, sized 200mm x 195mm, 14.4 metres of a smaller parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm and 16.8 metres of flatband mould, model # M29, sized 170mm x 30mm were installed. 2.4 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm added an interesting feature whilst windows were decorated with 37.8 metres of window architraves, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm and 12 metres of window headers, model # WH1A, sized 175mm x 170mm.

A 55 square, French provincial house is currently under development in Cranbourne West. This build will require 15 metres of large parapet, model # P8430, sized 430mm x 335mm, 16.8 metres of a slightly smaller parapet, P8300, sized at 300mm x 235mm, whilst 57.6 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, will surround the perimeter of the house to delineate between the top and bottom storey.  The garage will be finished with 12 metres of garage architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm. 9.6 metres of stringer mould, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x70mm will also be required. Elegance and grandeur will be achieved with the addition of three keystones (two of model # GK3 and one of model # GK22), together with custom made parapet scrolls that will adorn the top of the balcony, spanning three metres and six columns, 350mm in diameter, model # R0300, with tuscan capitals and doric bases.

 

View the Finishing Touch range of lightweight, long lasting decorative mouldings here.

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Esplanade Hotel, St. Kilda Sympathetic Renovations

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The iconic Esplanade Hotel on the esplanade in St. Kilda, Melbourne (the Espy) was closed for three years for renovations under new owners hospitality group Sand Hill Road. The extensive restoration included three live music stages, 12 bars and two restaurants.

“The Gershwhin Room is the MCG of music for a lot of people, it’s really hallowed turf,” Mr Maskiell of Sand Hill Road group said “To not have one of the best band rooms and best music and arts hotels in Melbourne operating has been a real shame. To have new life in it, to have it up and about and up on its toes, I think it is symbolic of a really bright future in the area.”

The attention to detail through the restoration the team have brought to the beloved hotel is breathtaking.

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The vision was to renovate the venue so it offered a diverse range of entertainment venues, from the old public bar to high end cocktail bars and restaurants.

Lined with 1980s Espy band posters, the public bar has retained its grungy feel and will host up-and-coming bands, keeping the Melbourne music scene alive.

A glass retractable ceiling in the main bar’s foyer shows off the hotel’s original 1878 building, which sits behind a facade built in the 1920s. Mr Maskiell said the group retained the historic parts of the hotel, restoring anything that was original, while replicating any that weren’t, keeping the same old-world feel. It is fascinating to see the beautiful decorative mouldings retained or restored from the original building. The fine detail and highly decorative designs hark to another time.

The upstairs level that was previously derelict now boasts a Cantonese restaurant and cocktail bars.

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‘The Ghost of Alfred Felton” cocktail bar on the top floor, is inspired by resident Alfred Felton who bequeathed his large fortune to the National Gallery of Victoria in 1904, elevating it to a buying league of international museums it would never again emulate.

The room features a 100-year-old bar and is adorned with art and antiques scoured from around the world to restore his old rooms to their former glory.

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Finishing Touch Projects For January 2019

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January 2019 has got off to a good start with some great projects being completed. The Finishing Touch moved premises late last year to Canterbury Road, Kilsyth and are pleased to have produced the high quality decorative mouldings they are known for on projects in Balwyn and Lower Plenty this year. Details of their lightweight, exterior mouldings supplied for each project are below:

A French provincial, two storey, fifty five square home at 16 Bevan Street, Balwyn boasts 79.2 metres of French provincial eave moulds, model # PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm, 91.2 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 86.4 metres of French provincial stringer, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm and 98.4 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Eleven windows are decorated with 67.2 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm with keystones above each of the windows. Decorative mouldings were supplied and finished with DAP Touch’n’Seal adhesive system.

A two storey “The Hamptons” style house of 40 squares in Lower Plenty was finished with 31.2 metres of parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm and 70 metres of parapet, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm. Two large, feature windows were decorated with three metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm and 16.8 metres of window architrave, using flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

Another project, currently being developed, is for a post-modern, two storey, fifty square house in Essendon. It will require 33.26 metres of parapet, model # P29, sized 155mm x 65mm, 54 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. Nineteen windows will be enhanced with 163 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm and 46 metres of window sill, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm.

2019 Construction Industry Predictions

30-winmallee-balwynKenny Ingram, Global Industry Director at global enterprise application company, IFS, has gazed into his crystal ball for the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries and made some bold predictions for 2019.

His no. 1 prediction is that 50 per cent of all construction projects worldwide will include modular content by 2022, driven by the growing global skills shortage.

IFS reported that in 2018 they saw four times greater customer activity around modular construction than in any other year before it. Across the globe in all areas of construction (e.g. schools, prisons, hospitals and luxury apartments), 2018 saw modular construction really explode onto the scene.

Mr Ingram predicts that new entrants next year will make modular construction even more essential.

“2019 will see growing numbers of traditional construction companies begin opening modular factories to stay competitive. And more new players will enter the industry – from manufacturing, supply chain and logistics to local governments, banks and insurance companies,” he forecasts.

Due to these companies offering great incentives such as flexible finance and service packages, there will be a huge pressure on building firms to adapt.

“They’ll need tighter control and more adaptability over every aspect of their projects. Proving they can, if necessary, partner up with larger networks of suppliers, offer services and maintenance on assets once built, including equipment hire, and yes, even offer or manufacture some modular units or components,” Mr Ingram predicts.

“It all adds up to an urgent need for better, more integrated digital management of complex, demanding projects,” he adds. *

The Finishing Touch have already adopted this type of construction, with the offsite modular build of lightweight decorative mouldings that are easily delivered to site and attached to the building with the use of the exclusive DAP system.

 

 

*Source: Build Australia

https://www.buildaustralia.com.au/news

 

Exterior House Design Trends 2019

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As Christmas 2018 is upon is it is timely to look at trends for house exteriors in the New Year. Exterior colours will be dark and bold, such as shades of charcoal, black, dark blue, dark green and dark red in combinations of primary and accent colours, creating a dramatic effect. Matte black is growing in popularity for exteriors, interiors and even for homewares. The classic white exterior with black trim is another colour trend gaining traction and be ready for the neutral shades too, greys and blues convey warmth and comfort.

During 2019 you will see more combinations of textures and finishes creating a contrast. The image of a home designed by Solar Solutions Design below captures the effect of combining materials.  Stone, cement and timber can be used together for a visually striking mishmash.

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Outdoor living spaces have dominated consumer interest as homeowners seek more lavish, useable adjuncts to home interiors. Outdoor amenities such as kitchens with covered roofs, designer outdoor furniture, portable heaters and fire pits will grow in popularity. Designing spaces to allow for year round outside living will be a trend in 2019.

Added to this is the effect of a growing focus on physical and spiritual wellness. In the coming year outdoor dining and living areas will be integrated with meditation areas, zen gardens and peaceful water features, creating a feeling of peace and well-being.

Another strong trend is a distinct shift towards sustainability that is being felt across the industry. Materials, design, heating, cooling – all aspects of house building will be considered through the lens of environmental concerns and sustainability.

The Finishing Touch wish all their clients and followers a very happy Christmas and look forward to continuing to supply top quality decorative mouldings to quality home builds in 2019.

Images attributed to Hebel.

Decorative Mouldings Create a Fine Finish

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A two storey, post-modern, sixty square property in McCubbin Street, Kew has been handsomely finished with the addition of 180 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm, 180 metres of stringer parapet situated 400mm below, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm with the twenty one windows being decorated with 172 metres of window architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48.6 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm supplied by the Finishing Touch.

Under construction in Donvale four two storey units in the post-modern style, each 20 squares, require decorative mouldings to enhance the exterior. The unit on the streetscape requires 14.4 metres of parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155m, the other three units require 64.8 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm, 79.2 metres of stringer for all the u nits, model S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm, 256 metres window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48 metres window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm.

The Finishing Touch have begun installing decorative mouldings on two post-modern, two storey units (dual occupancy) in Murrumbeena, 50 squares in total, 25 squares each unit. These are separate dwellings separated by a pathway. Being installed are 55.2 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 55.4 metres flatband as stringer, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 105 metres window architraves used in a picture frame method using flatband, model # DGB075, 75mm x 20mm.

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.