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.

Exterior House Design Trends 2019

2019 colours attr Hebel

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.

Edwardian Decorative Mouldings in Demand

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Edwardian pier caps.

Often the Finishing Touch are kept busy supplying French provincial decorative mouldings for the ever popular architectural style. But last week Edwardian pier caps and wall capping seemed to be most in demand.

A builder in Kiama, NSW was supplied with six custom sized Edwardian pier caps. Four were sized at 440mm x 400 mm whilst two were 640mm x 640mm. Another builder was supplied with six Edwardian pier caps, sized 600mm x 600mm and 7.8 metres of Edwardian wall capping, 240mm wide for a build of a post-modern home in Malvern. 120 metres of flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB075, sized at 75mm x 20mm also lifted the finish for this home.

A house in Evans Road, Kew is being renovated by the owner. Old decorative mouldings on the building from twenty years ago now need replacing. The Finishing Touch supplied 9.6 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P8300, sized at 300mm x 235mm and 36 meters of parapet mouldings, model # P8200, sized at 200mm x 155m. Six custom made Edwardian pier caps, sized 500mm x 500mm and 9.6 metres of custom made Edwardian wall capping, 260mm wide give an elegant finish to fencing, whilst 24 metres of stringer mouldings, model # M22, sized at 100mm x 45mm help decorate the al fresco pool area.

A post-modern, 2 storey house in Keysborough features faux weatherboard panels on the top storey with brickwork underneath. Bricks are rendered immediately below the weatherboard panels and exposed on the bottom section. Flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm were supplied to be used as a stringer at the junction of the rendered brick and exposed brickwork.

An owner/builder needed eight custom designed columns, each 1700 mm high by 450mm diameter together with Doric bases and Tuscan capitals for a home in Reservoir, which will create a splendid façade. Ninety metres of window architraves, model # W19D, sized 120mm x 55mm completes the decorative finish.

Lightweight Decorative Mouldings For French Provincial or Post-Modern Styles

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French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Two French provincial houses, each sixty squares are being built in North Balwyn. The style will be greatly enhanced with the use of the Finishing Touch French provincial decorative mouldings. Each house will use exactly the same lightweight, exterior mouldings:

60 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, 64.8 metres of French provincial flatband, model # M28, sized 500mm x 30mm, 62 metres of French provincial flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, 50.4 metres of French provincial plinths model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of French provincial revealed plain window sills, model # M13, sized 144mm x 175mm.

A thirty square post-modern home in East Ringwood is under development. Arches will be a strong feature in this design with requirements for 86 metres of window arches, model # W 22, sized 100mm x 30mm for fifteen windows along with 18 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and two arches, model # W22, one arch 1400mm diameter, the other 1700mm diameter. Three keystones, model # GK3, will top the arches. The build will also use 31.2 metres of parapet moulding, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm and 29.2 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 180mm x 45mm,

A very well-known builder has sourced decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in Clyde. He is completing the build with a number of flatband designs – 9.6 metres of flatband, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm, 2.4 metres of flatband, model # M29, sized 170mm x 130mm and 9.6 metres of flatband, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm.

Another builder has ordered decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in East Kew. The façade will be enhanced by 180 metres of parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm and 400mm beneath it a smaller parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm. Windows will be decorated with 171 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48.6 metres of window sill, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. To install the lightweight, exterior mouldings the builder has ordered 15 cans of Touch’n’Seal.

 

Australia Wide Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings

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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 Mouldings Enhance French Provincial Homes

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Typical French Provincial Style

A build is well underway in Charlotte Street, Glen Waverley by a major national builder, who has sourced high quality, light weight decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. This 60 square, two storey, French provincial property will have an attractive façade with the addition of 120 meters of large parapet moulding, model # M2585, sized 265mm x 200mm, 19 metres of window headers, model # M24, sized 180mm x 120mm, 67 metres of window architraves (using flatband moulding), model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 19 metres of window sill, model # WS172, sized 172mm x 60mm.

The same major builder is constructing a two storey, 50 square, French provincial home in Matlock Road, Wantirna South. The Finishing Touch have supplied 46 metres of parapet moulding, model # EP12S, sized 140mm x 120mm, 40 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm, 9.6 metres of window sill, model # M13, sized 145mm x 175mm, 13 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. An arch moulding, 1800 mm in diameter, model # M1, will add further finesse to the façade.

A more modest post-modern, 35 square, single storey property in Warragul has also been supplied with decorative mouldings. Showing the flexibility in the use of these lightweight mouldings 14.4. metres of architrave moulding , model # M1, sized 110mm x30mm, is being used as a stringer whilst 35 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, is being used as an architrave.

Three post-modern units, each twenty squares are currently being built in Templestowe. They required 151 metres of architraves W1100, sized 100m x 45mm and  67 metres window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm for a handsome finish.

The Finishing Touch architectural moulding models can be viewed on the website.