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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Example of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

A build of a Post-modern home of 45 squares in East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh has been supplied with lightweight, decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. The house has been finished with 19 metres of flatband moulding, model # M29, sized 170mm x 30mm, 18 metres of a larger flatband moulding, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm and 18 metres of parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm.

In Ross Creek, set in country Victoria near Ballarat, a single storey, older style farm house is being constructed. The Finishing Touch has supplied 92 metres in total of two different sized, custom designed quoinings that have been set in an alternating pattern on the corners of the house.

Example of quoining pattern.

The larger quoining is sized 300mm x 300mm, the smaller quoining is sized 300mm x 260mm.

The popular French provincial style is the choice for a current build of a two storey, sixty square home in Mornington. The Builder has been supplied with 170 metres French provincial parapet eave moulding, model # M344, sized 345mm x 300mm, 21 metres of parapet moulding, model # EP12S, sized 150mm x 120mm and 30 metres of parapet moulding, model # M258B, sized 265mm x 190mm. The windows will be decorated with 38 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 60 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm. View decorative mouldings here.

Recently there has been some demand for flatband mouldings to be used as window architraves. An Owner/Builder who is building a single storey, 45 square, post-modern home in Rose Avenue, Lower Templestowe has requested this style of decorative moulding from the Finishing Touch to be used as a window architrave on four windows. 30 metres of Flatband moulding, model# DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm together with 4.8 metres of window sill, model # WS2, sized 130mm x 70mm was supplied.

 

Architectural Features on French Provincial Home in Toorak

French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Builders have begun building a two storey, 60 square house in Toorak in the French provincial architectural style. The highly respected decorative moulding supplier, The Finishing Touch, have provided 7.2 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P240, sized 240mm x 227mm, 96 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4125, sized 125mm x 120mm on the top floor, 82 metres of the same French provincial parapet for the ground floor and 24 metres French provincial under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm.

On the balcony of the top storey a window arch decorates the window with model # W1100, sized 3.3 metres diameter at its base.  Four windows on this storey plus four windows on the ground storey are decorated with 49.2 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm. 22 metres of French provincial stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm create interest on the ground floor façade.  An arch creates an elegant front entrance, sized 1.8 metres at the base. Further decorative features are 19.2 metres of profile plinths, model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 7 pier caps in the Georgian style.

Another property is under development in Essendon. This post-modern, two storey, forty square home will be decorated with 7.2 metres of parapet, model # P29, sized 155mm x 65mm for the top floor, above the balcony and 29 metres of parapet, model # P29 for the ground floor together with 6 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm for the top floor and 48 metres of the same model stringer for the bottom level. Windows will be decorated with 94 metres of architraves, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm upstairs and 75 metres of the same architrave downstairs. Also 45.6 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm for the seven upstairs and five downstairs windows plus garage. Architrave, model # M1 will surround the balcony doors and an arch of two metres will be an impressive architectural feature.

The Finishing Touch decorative moulding can be viewed on the products page of the website.

 

Creating A Sophisticated Façade With Decorative Mouldings

Example of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

To create a sophisticated façade and enhance the design style chosen for the house architectural, decorative mouldings are a must.  The top quality, long lasting, lightweight decorative mouldings supplied by the Finishing Touch are in strong demand by discerning builders. A recent builds of a post-modern home of fifty squares in Brighton was handsomely finished with 97 metres of parapet moulding, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm, 27 metres of  parapet moulding, model # M24, sized 180mm x 120mm and an interesting addition, using 175 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm, as a parapet. Windows were decorated with 175 metres another style of window architraves, model # W22, sized 100mm x 30mm.

Three units, 25 squares each, in Lower Templestowe in the Post-modern style required decorative mouldings to finish the windows.  152 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 65 metres of window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x65mm, completed the build.

A fifteen year old home in McCullum Road, Doncaster, built originally by Metricon Homes, needed mouldings replaced that were damaged by hail. The Finishing Touch supplied 40 metres of parapet mouldings, model # M3, sized 175mm x 155mm to refresh the building with a long lasting, quality product.

The catalogue of decorative mouldings can be viewed on our Product page, examples of buildings complete with decorative mouldings in our gallery and you can contact our Sales Manager, Steve De Gregorio to order custom made architectural mouldings to suit your specifications.

Decorative Exterior Mouldings Add The Glamour Touch

Four units have just been built in Glen Iris and Finishing Touch decorative mouldings are currently being installed. Each unit is 25 squares, two storey and post-modern in design. The 48 metres of eave mouldings, model # PE8, sized 150mm x 240mm have been supplied and are being installed together with 94 metres of eave mouldings, model # PE29, sized 150mm x65mm. On the first floor 237 metres of flatband mouldings, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm as well as 187 metres of parapets, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm were supplied for installation. On the ground floor 257 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm was also supplied, ready for installing.

A 65 square home in the ever popular style, French provincial, in Glen Iris will boast two storeys and a basement. Currently under development, the build requires a large number of decorative mouldings , including:

76 metres of French provincial parapets, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm, 148 metres of French provincial stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 12 metres of French provincial flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm. The building features 44 windows with arches over many of the windows.  210 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 57 metres of French provincial window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm will decorate the windows.  There will also be 88 individual truss corbels, model # Truss1, sized 200mm x 200mm x 40mm and 9.6 metres of quoinings, model #Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm to add to the undoubted glamour of this home.

A post-modern, fifty square, two storey property in Brighton is currently under development  To complete the exterior façade of the home the builder requires the following decorative architectural mouldings:

95 metres of parapet, model # M23, sized 265mm x 120mm, 120 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm, which will be used as a stringer, 25 metres of parapet, model # M24, sized 180mm x 120mm, 220 metres of window architrave, model # W22, sized 100mm x 30mm along with 45 metres of window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 75mm for the windows on the property.

View the extensive range of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings or request custom built decorative mouldings to suit your specific build needs.

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 Decorative Mouldings Popular

Great example of French provincial architecture by Phillip Mannerheim.

The project for the property situated in Yongala Street, North Balwyn is now completed with the addition of eleven small French provincial pier caps and 26 metres of column capitals, model # GC5, size 87mm x 80mm to finish the front fence and overall look of the property. Built in the French provincial style this fifty five square, two storey home was originally supplied by the Finishing Touch with a range of French provincial decorative mouldings for the initial build towards the end of 2017.

The lightweight, exterior decorative mouldings supplied then consisted of: 93 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P4300, size 300mm x 285mm, 12 metres French provincial parapet (smaller size), model # P4240, size 240mm x 227mm, 98 metres of French provincial stringers, model # S1R4, size 90mm x 70mm and 10.4 metres of French provincial stringers, model # P8120, size 120mm x 90mm.  The 28 exterior windows on the house required 160 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # WDG8XY, size 120mm x 50mm. These models can be viewed on the product page.

A two storey, French provincial property of 50 squares in Balwyn is currently under development. The build requires 79 metres of French provincial parapets, model #P4160, size 160mm x 160mm, 23 metres of French provincial stringers, model # S1R4, 90mm x 70mm. The 25 exterior windows in total for the building require 45 metres of French provincial window sills, model # WS5, size 130mm x 70mm and 210 metres of French provincial window architraves, model #W1100, size 100mm x 45mm. Further decorative finishing will be achieved with the addition of 14.8 metres of quoining, model # Q300, size 320mm x 30mm and 5 arches, model # W1100, size 100mm x 45mm.

The Finishing Touch supplied four post-modern units of 20 squares each at 38 Pyalong Avenue, Rosanna with 60 metres of flatbands, model # M29, size 170mm x 30mm for a recent build.