French Provincial Influences In Housing

A fifty square home in the French provincial style in Malvern East is the Finishing Touch ‘s latest project, supplying a large number and variety of lightweight, high quality, decorative mouldings.  They are supplying 7.8 metres of a large parapet, model # P300JV, 300mm x 260mm in size, which is the centrepiece feature above the balcony. 75 metres of under gutter moulding, model # P7140, sized 140mm x 75mm conceals guttering and 80 metres of a smaller parapet, model # P7270, sized 270mm x 145mm creates a feature between the first floor and ground floor. Ten windows will be decorated with 108 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm both upstairs and downstairs and 23 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. An arch is a feature at the front entrance with four columns creating a magnificent façade. The columns are round and tapered in shape, three metres high, 260mm at the base tapering to 210 mm at the top, finished with a Tuscan capital at the top and a Doric base at the bottom.

A house in Doncaster is currently under development. This post-modern, fifty square home requires the following decorative mouldings:

  • 139 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm
  • 63 metres parapet, model # P7220, sized 220mm x 115mm
  • 29 metres window sills, model # WSR1, sized 140mm x 210mm.
  • Three round columns 3 metres tall, model # RO300, 300mm in diameter with Tuscan capitals and Doric bases.

A fifty square home in Keysborough, post-modern design with French provincial influences, has been finished in quality decorative mouldings supplied by the Finishing Touch. A total of 86.4 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm together with 86.4 metres of eave parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm runs parallel with the under gutter moulding completely concealing the guttering. The windows on the property are handsomely finished with 75 metres of window architraves, model #W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 24 metres of window sills, model # WS15, sized 125mm x 65mm, 14.4 metres window headers, model # WH1A, sized 170mm x 170mm, along with five window arches

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.

Buildings of The Future New Design Approaches

“The 3D printer is significantly disrupting the traditional design role held by the structural engineer but, at the same time, presents exciting new opportunities in how building designers will create, relocate and shape buildings of the future,” said Peter Greaves, Aurecon’s Buildings of the Future Leader. In Aurecon’s white paper ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’ inspired by interviews with a broad group of professionals across the built environment who were asked to imagine how buildings of the future may look and how they may be created, 3D printers were identified as a major disruptor.

The paper reports that new design approaches are being fuelled by the use of new, flexible construction materials, including composite materials, additive manufacturing concrete, solar polymers and carbon fibre balsa. The traditional architectural limitations of size, weight and shape that the building and construction industry is currently working within is about to change dramatically.

One of the areas of building in which this change is already happening is in the manufacture of decorative mouldings. Innovative companies, such as the Finishing Touch, are using new materials to produce lightweight decorative mouldings that look exactly the same as the traditional building materials of concrete and stone. Manufactured from a high grade computer cut EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound reinforced with sand, the new style decorative mouldings are easier to make, take less time to manufacture and are lighter to transport, offering many savings in building costs.

As in any building it is important to ensure that the best methods, processes and quality materials are being used. Unfortunately, there are some suppliers that claim to supply a similar product, but the quality is poor and the decorative mouldings do not stay adhered after a year or two. The Finishing Touch are often contracted to replace these low quality products with Finishing Touch superior quality decorative mouldings, using a fixing process that has a 7 year warranty. As innovators in the building industry, the Finishing Touch are leaders in the supply of quality, reliable, affordable, lightweight exterior decorative mouldings.

 

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.

Master Builders Appointment Sends a Welcome Message to Females in the Industry

International Women’s Day was a good day to announce that Master Builders Australia had appointed a women as its new CEO.  Denita Wawn has made history being the first woman to hold this role in the Association’s 127 year history and it is a strategic appointment, with a view to attracting more female workers to the $200 million building and construction industry.

Currently only 10 per cent of the workforce is female and Ms Wawn will work with schools, universities and employers to encourage wore women to join the 32,000, mostly male, workers in the industry. Ms. Wawn said that employers should be more proactive attracting women to the industry such as specifying in job ads that female applicants are welcome. She is hopeful that her appointment will help people to see that there’s a cultural shift in the industry and women are welcome. “I would love to think in 10 years if we can get it up to at least 25 per cent that would be fantastic,” she said.

Having held senior roles with the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Hotels Association and National Farmers’ Federation, she has plenty of experience in male-dominated industries and her message to young women is to be yourself and not try to be “one of the boys”.

The Finishing Touch welcomes this appointment and hopes to see more females attracted to the building and construction industry. As suppliers of decorative architectural mouldings to builders, the company has a long association in the industry and sees cultural shifts like this as beneficial.

Columns Ancient and Modern

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Columns as a decorative architectural feature on buildings were used extensively in ancient times on important buildings. Three major systems in architectural design used by ancient Greeks have stood the test of time and are still seen in architecture to this day. These include the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles. Each order has its own definitive characteristics, however they can also be easily confused to the untrained eye.

The most famous Greek system used around the world today is the first order, the Doric style of architecture (pictured above) You will see Doric columns when you visit the Parthenon and Acropolis, distinguished by vertical columns and a plain roof. You will also see this style in historic buildings in southern Italy and Sicily; it is one of the oldest architectural orders that exists today.

The second style is the Ionic order. It is more delicate, intricate, and elegant than Doric architecture. Having originated in eastern Greece, Ionic structures are believed to have become dominant during the Hellenistic period.

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Then there’s the Corinthian style of architecture. Corinthian architecture is intended to be an altered version of the Ionic style with much more detail. Here you’ll see more scrolls , fruit and flower motifs and flourishes.

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These days, in modern Australian architecture we see columns used extensively in housing design.  With the advent of concrete and now lightweight eps building materials it is possible for builders to create columns for suburban homes.  The addition of columns, usually at the entrance of the home, creates a grand, sophisticated façade. The Finishing Touch have a range of lightweight mouldings for columns, both round, tapered and square with capitals in all the styles, along with bases.

 

 

Lightweight, Architectural Mouldings Create a Decorative Finish to Buildings and Landscapes Alike

A fine example of Column Mouldings

A fine example of Column Mouldings

A total of twenty one columns will add a stunning presence to an Aged Care Facility in Mornington. The Finishing Touch will supply and install twelve six metre high columns and nine three metre high square columns.

A post-modern, double storey, fifty square property in Vermont is currently under development. The build will require sixty metres of stepped flatbands, thirty six metres of window architraves for eight windows, model # WI100, measuring 100mm x 45mm. Also, window sills to three windows, model # WSRI and measuring 140mm x 210mm.

Another property under development is situated in Balwyn. The two storey, post-modern, fifty square home is a big job, requiring a large amount of decorative moulding.  The build will use eight metres of parapet moulding, model # P7360, measuring 360mm x 190mm, sixty metres of a smaller parapet, model # P7140, measuring140mm x 75mm, ninety metres of window architraves for 24 windows, model # WI100, measuring 100mm x 45mm with window sills to suit, model # WSRI with reveal, measuring 140mm x 210mm. Another sixty metres of parapet mouldings will be installed mid level between the first and second floors, delineating between the two storeys. Model # P7220, measuring 220mm x 115mm, will be used and another parapet, model #P7140, measuring 140mm x 75mm, installed underneath, as a stringer. Brick, rendered columns at the front of the house will be finished with  110 metres of stringer, model #S6R2, measuring 55mm x 27mmto create a facia.

From stunning homes and  entrances to landscaping, a Landscaper, New Shapes Landscaping, from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne is using Finishing Touch pier caps, in a Victorian style, measuring 490mm x 490mm, to create a highly decorative finish to fencing.