Friday 13th Haunted Houses

Studley Park House Camden NSW

It’s Friday 13th. To get your spook on we are looking at some famous haunted houses. Studley Park House in Camden, was originally built by grazier William Payne in 1889. Although considered haunted, it is a beautiful building, featuring many admirable decorative mouldings. The death of two children has earned the house its haunted reputation. The residence became a boarding college and in 1909 a 14-year-old student, Ray Blackstone, drowned in a dam near the residence. His body is believed to have been kept at the cellar until it was buried. The building was sold soon after and reverted back to a residence. The son of acclaimed business man Arthur Adolphus Gregory died at the house in 1939 from appendicitis and his body was kept in the theatrette.

Spooky disturbances at the house include a hangman’s noose found dangling from a steeple roof by builders renovating in 2010, unexplained lights, sightings of a lady who stands at the window and a photograph of a ghostly young boy in the basement taken by ghost hunters.

Closer to home in Bundoora, on the outskirts of Melbourne, is the old Larundel Mental Asylum, famous in its day for incarcerating a great number of Melburnians suffering mental illness. Closed in 2001, it has been an abandoned building, off limits to the public but has built a reputation for being haunted. This attractive building was one of Melbourne’s three “magnificent asylums for the insane” built in the 1930s and 40s.

Larundal Mental Asylum

Now covered in graffiti the building, since its closure, has been a hangout for ghost hunters, graffiti artists and squatters. There have been reports of loud banging, children’s laughter, crying, and an eerie music box. Serial killer Peter Dupas was treated here, adding to the mystique of the building. Only a few original buildings of the vast complex remain and are soon to be reconstructed into apartments, completing the residential development already constructed on the grounds, which includes a shopping centre.

 

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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.

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.

 

Decorative Mouldings Enhance French Provincial Homes

French Prov style juliette balconies

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.

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.