Use Decorative Mouldings To Create A Stylish Façade

The Finishing Touch have just completed a project for an owner/builder on their forty square post-modern home at 14 Jackson Street, Forrest Hill, supplying decorative mouldings.
The house façade was much enhanced with the addition of 17 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 32 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm, 7 metres of stringers, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 9 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, used around the balcony. The eight windows were beautifully finished with 72 metres of window arches, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm which also extended to the two garage doors and were completed with 22 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 210mm x 140mm. View the range here.

A 30 square, Victorian style single storey house in Sale was also supplied with high quality decorative mouldings for an owner/builder. The 28.8 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x 70mm, 17 metres of plinth, model # DGBL300, sized 300mm x 40mm, 15 metres of stringer, model # SGR2, sized 55mm x 27mm, 43.2 metres of small parapet, model # P4125, sized 125mm x 120mm, 24 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm and 22 corbels will add considerably to the decorative finish of this stylish build. The windows were decorated with 22 metres of flatband used for window architraves, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 5.4 metres of window sill, model # WS172, sized 172mm x 60mm, was used for two main windows. View the range here.

The Finishing Touch decorative mouldings suit a range of architectural styles, including–
• Georgian Architecture
• French Provincial Architecture
• Mediterranean Architecture
• Tuscan Architecture
• Art Deco/Modern Architecture

The Finishing Touch can also design and manufacture customised decorative mouldings, using the same technology and manufacturing methods employed in producing the Finishing Touch range of architectural mouldings. Old or damaged decorative mouldings on existing buildings can also be replaced with high quality, long lasting Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

All Finishing Touch decorative mouldings feature the exclusive trademarked “Driplip” system, which stops water marks and stains defacing the building below the mouldings.

 

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Increasing Housing Supply

The Property Council of Australia welcomed a report released in December 2016 on housing affordability, saying governments need to focus on solutions that will make a difference to housing affordability for all Australians. The report was released by CoreLogic and Australian National University showing an increasing gap between household income and the amount needed for a 20 per cent deposit to purchase a home.

“This new report shows the problem for all to see – now we need solutions that will make a difference, not political distractions,” said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council. “Real solutions are required to ease housing prices for home buyers – and that is largely through increasing the supply of housing.” Melbourne house prices are 30% cheaper than Sydney prices and Melbourne has had 112,000 more building approvals over the last decade, illustrating that more supply results in lower prices. However, although Sydney has the highest shortage, Melbourne still needs more housing to meet demand.

The other factors that affect housing supply are unnecessary delays and costs, which drive up the costs of new dwellings.  Ken Morrison said that all levels of government, Commonwealth, State and Territories, need to take responsibility and strike a deal to incentivise reform to fix the housing supply problem.

It would certainly be good news to builders and suppliers to the building industry to see governments working together to help increase housing supply. The Ai Group and Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) rise in February 2017 to 53.1 showed a pleasing increase in construction activity for housing, but the current forecast by HIA predicts a drop, levelling out to 172,000 dwelling construction starts in 2018. However, HIA also reported that demand associated with population growth remained reasonably robust, particularly in Melbourne, and that new house construction would remain at historically healthy levels despite dropping back from the record levels of today. Apartment and town house constructions would be the most contracted, falling from 111,810 to 69,940 starts. Detach house construction would be less affected, with starts dropping from 116,420 to 104,440.

The Finishing Touch supply builders, architects and owner-builders with high quality, lightweight exterior mouldings that create a decorative finish to dwellings.  Their lightweight decorative mouldings come in a range of styles, including French provincial, post-modern, Mediterranean and Georgian.

Massive Year Supplying a Large Variety of Decorative Mouldings

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The Finishing Touch have had a massive year, moving to a new factory and providing a large variety of lightweight decorative mouldings to enhance each building’s style. A quick snapshot of just a small sample of decorative mouldings manufactured in 2016 includes:
February
A two storey, post-modern home in Maude Avenue, East Doncaster was enhanced by French provincial window architraves and matching sills, with feature window headers over the lower storey windows and garage windows. The entrance was decorated with feature architraves with rivets and French provincial parapets and under gutter moulds created an elegant finish to the house.

March
Three units in Kenmare Street, Mont Albert were given a stunning finish with six arches and two keystones, parapet mouldings and French provincial style window mouldings.

April
A two storey, 60 squares home in Balwyn with a Georgian influence is simply splendid with columns, arched windows and a very grand portico topped with a gabled area and plaque

October
Two units with French styling influence, each forty squares, in Kenmore Road, Mont Albert were decorated with nine arches featured at the front, crafted from flatband mouldings. Further decorative mouldings were under gutter mouldings together with flat band mouldings, windowsills, parapet mouldings and quoinings.

November
A post-modern, single level home of fifty squares in Kings Meadows, Tasmania was supplied with specific custom sized mouldings including parapet mouldings, measuring 140mm x 140mm, over the portico, eave parapets, measuring 170mm x 180mm, window architraves measuring 90mm x 30mm and window sills, measuring 100mm x 60mm.

December
A post-modern, two storey house of forty squares at 9 Oak Cres, Lower Templestowe in the French provincial style has been gracefully finished with the addition of two different French provincial style parapets and French provincial style stringers installed 400 ml below one of the parapets. Windows were decorated with French provincial style window architraves and window sills as well as a window header 2.4 metres long that created a stunning feature above the middle balcony window.

Architectural Style, Flair And a Stunning Finish

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Award Winning Design The Eyrie

Creating a particular architectural style, adding flair and a strong statement to your house build is easily achieved with the addition of decorative mouldings. Whether building a French Provincial, Mediterranean, Georgian, Art Deco or Post-Modern home decorative mouldings will help achieve the style and look you desire.  The modern type of decorative architectural mouldings are lightweight and easily installed to the finished build, prior to painting. The Finishing Touch have developed a manufacturing process that produces lightweight mouldings of a very high quality in a smooth finish or sandstone finish. The most popular features throughout the history of buildings have been arches and columns and now-a-days, with the application of lightweight mouldings, it is so easy to make a grand design statement.

Arches
Arch mouldings are made to follow existing arch lines and can be cut in almost any profile desired. Once a template, with the radius or the span and rise desired for an arch, is supplied it will to be specifically moulded to meet the specifications.
Keystones
Keystones were originally the pivotal point of an arch, they then became highly decorative as well. They come in a large range of sizes to suit different arch spans, whether over a window or an entrance. Style-wise there is a choice of designs from Grecian style scrolls and flourishes to modern, clean lines.
Columns
Column mouldings are made in two halves to wrap around steel or timber posts. They come in four main shapes – round, fluted, square and tapered.  Column capitals are also available for columns and come in a variety of styles including Doric, Ornate or Single Doric with Plinth to suit all four main shaped columns. Columns and column capitals come in a range of sizes, with square columns being able to be made to any custom size.
The selection of decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch range will ensure not only design integrity but a long lasting exterior moulding guaranteed not to warp, shrink or bend once installed.

Decorative Mouldings Create Splendid Mansion and Delightful French Provincial Home

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The very splendid Georgian style, 120 square mansion at Sugar Gum Drive, Hillside has been completed with the supply by the Finishing Touch and installation of 150 metres of 600 x600mm profile mouldings as well as 335 corbels on the second floor.  The courtyard and pool area is spectacular with 150 metres of 400 x 400mm profile mouldings and 500 corbels. Architectural decorative mouldings were also installed for twelve arches and headers, window sills and window architraves for ten square windows. Custom made window mouldings were also supplied for a very large feature window measuring 7 metres x 6 metres.

French provincial decorative eave mouldings and four window architraves for the delightful two storey, 50 square French provincial home at 138 Cooper Street, Essendon have been manufactured and installed on the first floor. Quoinings for this storey have been manufactured but are still to be installed.

Quoining panels and corbels for the grand entrance on the ground floor have also been manufactured and are ready for installation, however the construction of the building is still to be completed before they can be installed. The same is true for the picture frame column fascia that will decorate the two rendered brick square columns and the six window architraves and sills. Installation is expected to be completed in the next eight weeks.

Victorian style pier cap mouldings have been completed to create a classic finish to the fence of a house at 19 Thomas Street, Brighton East. Four metres of the custom made pier caps, each measuring 410 x 410mm, were installed.

The Finishing Touch are called upon from time to time to make sets for TV shows or live shows and recently Wantirna College have commissioned them to create foam moulding profiles in polystyrene for their upcoming stage production.

New House Colour Trends for 2016

Biofragility Series colours Dulux Paints

Biofragility Series colours Dulux Paints

New colour trends from Dulux for 2016 are an exciting mix of deep, dark hues, bright pops of colour and soothing tones taken from nature. Bree Leech, Trend Forecaster, Creative Director, Producer and Stylist for Dulux discusses a trend amongst architects and interior designers at the high end of design to commission talented painters to create effects, such as ageing, textures or ombres. “This signals a trend that may filter down into the mainstream in a simplified DIY form,” she explains “I think a really well executed effect can add a sense of luxury to space.”

Grand Georgian Home Finishing Touch Mouldings

Grand Georgian Home Finishing Touch Mouldings

In the same way high quality decorative mouldings create a sense of luxury to the exterior of a home. Selected for their decorative finish, exterior mouldings such as arches, columns and key stones turn a relatively plain building into one that is evocative of classic, high end architecture. The lightweight mouldings designed and manufactured by the Finishing Touch are an easy, affordable decorative device. Creating different styles such as French provincial, Georgian, Mediterranean and Post-Modern they can be manufactured in a short time and when installed by the Finishing Touch carrying a 7 year warranty on fixing – a big plus!
Dulux have created a fascinating palette of colours for 2016 – looking back in time for more traditional, known colours to offset the explosion of technology, looking into new worlds of discovery and drawing on the comfort of nature at its most soothing.
Retro Remix
A mix of acid brights clashing with muddied colours like browns and olive greens. Designer influences from the 60s and 70s. Expect the unexpected.

Infinite Worlds
Dark colours juxtaposed with brilliant flashes of red, pinks, coral and space age metallics make up the Infinite Worlds series, creating the eerie effect of deep, unchartered worlds.

Biofragility
Influenced by living and natural matter – flesh tones, lichen, moss, stones. Nature represents the perfect balance between fragility and strength.

Futurepast
Taking its influences from steampunk merging with modern design. Deep, decadent traditional hues are made modern with the addition of mustard, pink and purple.

Award Winning Architect Uses Decorative Mouldings For A Fine Finish

A Phillip Mannerheim design

A Phillip Mannerheim design

A gorgeous, fifty plus square, two storey home recently built in Nicholson Avenue, Mt. Waverley in the French provincial style owes much of its exterior style to the use of lightweight moulds supplied by The Finishing Touch.  Parapet eave moulds on the upper storey and parapet mouldings for the lower storey with complementary stringer mouldings create a fine finish to the building. Six windows are decorated with architraves whilst arches and keystones adorn the five upstairs windows, creating a stunning façade.

A property currently under development has been designed by renowned, award winning Architect Phillip Mannerheim in the French provincial style. The stunning design for the two storey, sixty square home calls upon the use of decorative architectural mouldings to add a distinguished exterior finish to the house. A grand statement is to be made with a large keystone over the balcony whilst windows are to have a highly decorative finish with French provincial window architraves, feature window blocks either side of the windows and window sill mouldings. Also to be featured are eave parapet mouldings, parapet mouldings between the first and second floor with stringer mouldings 400ml beneath the parapet mouldings.

A more modest, yet highly attractive post-modern home of forty squares is also under development in East Doncaster.  The decorative mouldings to be used for this design include under gutter mouldings, parapet mouldings and quoining panels as well as window architraves on all twenty two windows on the house.

Lightweight decorative mouldings have become popular with Architects, Designers and Builders alike, as they save on costs and time, adding a decorative façade and helping create the intended style of the home, whether French provincial, post-modern, Georgian or Mediterranean.