Retail House Building In Expansion Mode

In the month of June it was pleasing to note that the national construction industry expanded for a fifth consecutive month. The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) fell slightly by 0.7 points to 56.0. Readings above 50 indicate expansion in activity, the greater the number above 50 indicating the strength of the increase.

Residential house builders will be delighted to know that across the four construction sub-sectors, house building rebounded strongly in June to 59.0 (up 13.4 points). However, activity in the more volatile apartment building sub-sector weakened significantly (down 20.2 points to 48.3). Reports from residential builders to the Australian PCI were generally positive in their assessment of house building activity, citing stronger new orders.

Master Builders Boost Australian Made

A new partnership between the Australian Made Campaign and Master Builders Australia aims to boost exports and the use of locally made products by the building and construction sectors.

An initiative by the Australian Made Campaign in partnership with Master Builders Australia will encourage building and construction firms to source Australian-made goods. Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, stated that Australian-made often translated to better quality and durability adding “Australia’s extremely stringent quality and safety manufacturing standards have helped establish our reputation for well-made products, that last.”.

The majority of custom made and bespoke decorative mouldings made by the Finishing Touch for the local building trade are made here in Australia. Their high quality decorative mouldings carry a guarantee and sound reputation for lasting without cracking or warping.

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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.

 

Busy Month Supply Decorative Mouldings for New Builds, Upgrades and Renos

Finishing Touch decorative mouldings in Balwyn.

The Finishing Touch supplied a number of decorative mouldings to complete the build of a post-modern, fifty square home in Glen Iris. Architectural decorative mouldings included an ornamental border frame, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm, that sits above the balcony as a square picture frame. Eight windows have been attractively finished with 100 metres of window architraves, model# M1, measuring 110mm x 30mm and window sills, model # WS2, measuring 130mm x 70mm. Adding to the handsome façade is 127 metres of parapet mouldings, model # M25813, sized 265mm x195mm and 60 metres of stringer mouldings, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x70mm.

As so often happens, the Finishing Touch have been called in to replace poor quality decorative mouldings that were incorrectly installed on an existing home. The forty square, double storey house in Glen Waverley required a large number of high quality decorative mouldings as replacement. 58 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm along with 9.6 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P4400,sized 400mm x 380mm were required. Fourteen windows needed 38 metres of window headers, model # WH1A, measuring 175mm x 170mm, 51 metres of window sills, model # WSR15, measuring 135mm x 185mm and a double architrave combination made up of 70 metres of flatband architraves, model # DGB100, measuring 100mm x 20mm and 80 metres of architraves, model # WDG8XY, measuring 120mm x 50mm. The addition of 48 metres of quoinings, model # Q300, measuring 320mm x 30mm, made for a lovely finish to the façade. Builders now appreciate that the Finishing Touch supply a high quality, long lasting decorative moulding that won’t shrink, warp or fall off, with certified installers and provide a 7 year warranty.

Another existing home in Surrey Hills needed to freshen up its façade, so the Finishing Touch supplied their quality, lightweight mouldings for this three year old, post-modern home of forty squares. The upgrade required 16 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm, 16 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P7140, sized 140mm x 75mm and 16 metres of under gutter eave moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm. Ten windows were improved with 22 metres of window sill mouldings, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and 48 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm completed the new look façade.

The conversion of a commercial premises which was formerly a panel shop, in Blackburn Road, East Doncaster required 43 metres of lightweight parapet mouldings, model #P7270, sized 270mm x 145mm.

Altogether it’s been a busy month in May as the Finishing Touch heads into June with a flurry of activity expected.

Rupertswood a Beauty of Bygone Days

Rupertswood Mansion

When the foundation stone was laid for the build of Rupertswood on the 29th of August, 1874 over a thousand people were in attendance. Architect George Brown designed the mansion and it was constructed by George Sumner and Company. Its original interior design was by Shemmel and Shilton. The substantial entrance featuring a superb gatehouse and massive gates were designed by George Brown.

Gatehouse at Rupertswood

The two storey mansion featured a 100ft high tower, mansard roof and ‘widow walk’ and was surrounded by extensive gardens and parklands with a large artificial lake.

The mansion was built for Sir William Clarke in the borough of Sunbury and later passed to his son Rupert upon Sir Clarke’s passing. Rupertswood is of historical significance as it is the birthplace of the Ashes Cricket Series. The historic match was played at Rupertswood during the tour of 1882 and Lady Clarke presented the victorious Captain of the visiting English XI, Ivo Bligh, an urn containing the burnt bails from the match. Entertainment was the order of the day, with hunts, balls and house parties often held by the Clarke family. Their guests arrived by train at the Estate’s own private Railway Station, which was still in use until 2004.

This delightful mansion from yesteryear is a fascinating example of how the addition of exterior and interior architectural decorative mouldings add charm and beauty to the original design.

Rupertswood facade and interior

The decorative mouldings at that time would have been constructed from stone or cement masonry and quite heavy and difficult to place and expensive to repair. At the time such works had to be completed by artisan stone masons at great expense.  In this day and age it is so easy to add the beautiful finish a decorative moulding creates.  The Finishing Touch make a unique lightweight moulding, used on many house designs in Melbourne and surrounds. Their quality exterior decorative mouldings have gained a wide reputation for quality and longevity despite being lightweight and easy to adhere. A product warranty of 7 years is provided, however if a moulding requires replacing it is now relatively simple and easy to accomplish.

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.