French Provincial Home Features Corbels

 

30 Winmallee Balwyn

A French provincial, fifty five square residence in Canterbury is being finished with architectural, decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. These quality, light weight decorative mouldinga will ensure an eye catching façade. 89 metres of eave moulding with corbels, model # P6D320, sized 330mm x 270mm on the first floor creates a more decorative look than is usual with the French provincial style. The corbel is sized at 90mm x 90mm x 40mm (depth) in a square block. More decorative features are achieved with 87 metres of stringer moulding, model # S1R4, sized at 90mm x70mm. 19 metres of window architrave, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm decorate the windows and a large feature surround to the balcony window is created with 9.6 metres of parapet mould, model # P7220, sized at 220mm x 115mm. Windows are finished with 6 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized at 130mm x 65mm.

 

The ground floor is elegantly finished with 67 metres of parapet moulding with corbels, model # P6D320, sized 330mm x 270mm and 77 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, 90mm x70mm. Windows are decorated with 38 metres of window architrave W1100, 100mm x 45mm and nine metres of  window sill WS15, sized at 130mm x 65mm. The front entrance features 12 metres of parapet mould surrounding the entrance, model # P7220, sized at 220mm x 115mm and two tapered columns sized 350mm at the base and 290mm at the top, with a Corinthian capital.

 

Currently under development a post-modern, three storey, seventy square home in Glen Waverley will require a custom sized decorative moulding. The second floor will be finished with 46 metres of large parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm.  On the first floor 69 metres of the customised parapet moulding, M23A, sized 265mm x 90mm will be needed with another 81 metres of the same customised moulding on the ground floor.

 

The Finishing Touch have a large range of ready-made decorative mouldings, but can also supply customised sizing and customised design decorative mouldings to the building trade.

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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.

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.