Supplying architectural mouldings for grand residences

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A large, 70 square modern contemporary residence in Toorak sits grandly in the streetscape with the addition of 50.4 metres of large parapet, model # P4400, sized 400mm x 380mm, 52.8 metres of parapet model # P4300, 300mm x 285mm and 12 metres of parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm from the Finishing Touch. 12 metres of stringer moulding, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm and 84 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm were features. The many windows were decorated with 54 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm.

A modern 60 square contemporary residence in Camberwell was recently finished with decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. To create a beautiful façade for the building a total of 37 metres of parapet, model # P4200, sized 200mm x 195mm, 14.4 metres of a smaller parapet, model # P4160, sized 160mm x 160mm and 16.8 metres of flatband mould, model # M29, sized 170mm x 30mm were installed. 2.4 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm added an interesting feature whilst windows were decorated with 37.8 metres of window architraves, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm and 12 metres of window headers, model # WH1A, sized 175mm x 170mm.

A 55 square, French provincial house is currently under development in Cranbourne West. This build will require 15 metres of large parapet, model # P8430, sized 430mm x 335mm, 16.8 metres of a slightly smaller parapet, P8300, sized at 300mm x 235mm, whilst 57.6 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, will surround the perimeter of the house to delineate between the top and bottom storey.  The garage will be finished with 12 metres of garage architrave, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm. 9.6 metres of stringer mould, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x70mm will also be required. Elegance and grandeur will be achieved with the addition of three keystones (two of model # GK3 and one of model # GK22), together with custom made parapet scrolls that will adorn the top of the balcony, spanning three metres and six columns, 350mm in diameter, model # R0300, with tuscan capitals and doric bases.

 

View the Finishing Touch range of lightweight, long lasting decorative mouldings here.

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Finishing Touch Projects For January 2019

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January 2019 has got off to a good start with some great projects being completed. The Finishing Touch moved premises late last year to Canterbury Road, Kilsyth and are pleased to have produced the high quality decorative mouldings they are known for on projects in Balwyn and Lower Plenty this year. Details of their lightweight, exterior mouldings supplied for each project are below:

A French provincial, two storey, fifty five square home at 16 Bevan Street, Balwyn boasts 79.2 metres of French provincial eave moulds, model # PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm, 91.2 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 86.4 metres of French provincial stringer, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm and 98.4 metres of quoining panels, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Eleven windows are decorated with 67.2 metres of French provincial window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm with keystones above each of the windows. Decorative mouldings were supplied and finished with DAP Touch’n’Seal adhesive system.

A two storey “The Hamptons” style house of 40 squares in Lower Plenty was finished with 31.2 metres of parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm and 70 metres of parapet, model # P8120, sized 120mm x 90mm. Two large, feature windows were decorated with three metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm and 16.8 metres of window architrave, using flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

Another project, currently being developed, is for a post-modern, two storey, fifty square house in Essendon. It will require 33.26 metres of parapet, model # P29, sized 155mm x 65mm, 54 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. Nineteen windows will be enhanced with 163 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm and 46 metres of window sill, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm.

Exterior House Design Trends 2019

2019 colours attr Hebel

As Christmas 2018 is upon is it is timely to look at trends for house exteriors in the New Year. Exterior colours will be dark and bold, such as shades of charcoal, black, dark blue, dark green and dark red in combinations of primary and accent colours, creating a dramatic effect. Matte black is growing in popularity for exteriors, interiors and even for homewares. The classic white exterior with black trim is another colour trend gaining traction and be ready for the neutral shades too, greys and blues convey warmth and comfort.

During 2019 you will see more combinations of textures and finishes creating a contrast. The image of a home designed by Solar Solutions Design below captures the effect of combining materials.  Stone, cement and timber can be used together for a visually striking mishmash.

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Outdoor living spaces have dominated consumer interest as homeowners seek more lavish, useable adjuncts to home interiors. Outdoor amenities such as kitchens with covered roofs, designer outdoor furniture, portable heaters and fire pits will grow in popularity. Designing spaces to allow for year round outside living will be a trend in 2019.

Added to this is the effect of a growing focus on physical and spiritual wellness. In the coming year outdoor dining and living areas will be integrated with meditation areas, zen gardens and peaceful water features, creating a feeling of peace and well-being.

Another strong trend is a distinct shift towards sustainability that is being felt across the industry. Materials, design, heating, cooling – all aspects of house building will be considered through the lens of environmental concerns and sustainability.

The Finishing Touch wish all their clients and followers a very happy Christmas and look forward to continuing to supply top quality decorative mouldings to quality home builds in 2019.

Images attributed to Hebel.

Banyule is an architecturally significant building as one of Victoria’s earliest grand residences and also for its sophistication and style. Colonial Architect John Gill designed the home and it is the only remaining known rendition of the Elizabethan style designed by him.

The home was built in 1846 for a Mr John Hawdon, an Englishman who drove cattle overland from New South Wales to the Port Phillip District in 1836. He selected property in Heidelberg, a rural retreat for the landed gentry and very popular during the 1940s, that had splendid views of the Yarra River. Architect John Gill designed the property to be constructed in an Elizabethan style with french gables, crenellated oriel, pepper pot pinnacles and chimney groups and it had a part-shingled roof. The original roof was replaced with slate entirely by 1867.

Further additions were added to the property in a sympathetic style in 1908, designed by Architects Klingender & Alsop. A two storey wing was added to the south east and the kitchen block was linked to the house on the north side. Later on, in 1922, repair work was carried out. The house was altered by Yuncken Freeman Architects in 1975 for use by the National Gallery of Victoria.They removed internal walls and doors, added a chimney and filled in fireplaces.

Grand houses of this era were highly decorated with decorative mouldings. In this modern era it’s possible for middle class suburban residences to exude elegance and grandeur with the addition of lightweight, decorative mouldings. The Finishing Touch are the experts when it comes to quality decorative mouldings. So much easier to transport and attach, the new, modern decorative mouldings have opened up the possibilities for decorative finishes to new builds.

 

Art Deco Style Burnham Beeches

Art Deco Burnham Beeches

Located adjacent to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne is the well known 22.5 hectare property, Burnham Beeches. This magnificent Art Deco mansion, known as the Norris building, was designed by Harry Norris and built in 1933 for the Nicholas family.

A rare, elaborate example of its type in Australia, it is comparable with works in Britain and the United States The vast three storey house is built in reinforced concrete and surrounded by significant gardens containing a mix of indigenous and exotic plantings designed by Hugh Linaker.

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The original concept, with substantial outbuildings, was a self-sustaining estate. Architect Harry Norris was a prominent Melbourne Architect at the time who designed many iconic buildings. The property is classified by the National Trust and is Heritage listed.

By 1965 a large proportion of the landscaped gardens became too difficult to maintain, so the lake along with 32 acres of garden was donated to the Shire of Sherbrooke (now the Yarra Ranges Shire Council) and named the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, open to the public. Three acres at the front of the property became a miniature village in the early 1970s and has since been transferred to Parks Victoria.

Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett and developer Adam Garrison now own the property and have applied to redevelop the estate, hoping to bring it back to its original purpose and to become a tourist attraction. The proposed removal of about 13 beech trees at the entrance met with local protests and have recently been saved, with approval being given for the development of the site but not the removal of the trees. Plans include the restoration of the Norris building to become a six-star hotel and the addition of a microbrewery, shop and new restaurant inside the existing Piggery Cafe.

Art deco Norris bldg

The decorative mouldings that create a handsome and sleek finish to the art deco style in the Norris building were originally made of concrete. These days the Finishing Touch can supply art deco decorative mouldings in a lightweight material that is easy to transport and install, making it a very viable option for a modern build, capturing the elegance of the art deco period.

Toorak Apartments to Look Like a French Provincial House

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Architectural decorative mouldings can turn a plain building into a glamorous, elegant or sophisticated building. A project the Finishing Touch currently have under development in Toorak will make extensive use of decorative mouldings to make an apartment block look like a large French provincial home (example of a French provincial home above). The building is on three levels. The lightweight, easy to install decorative mouldings by the Finishing Touch required for the top and second floors are:

82 metres of French provincial eave mouldings, custom designed as per the Architect’s request, sized at 410mm x 376mm. 340 French provincial corbels will be attached to the eave mouldings, also custom designed and measuring 210mm x 85mm x 80mm.  Two different sizes of custom designed parapets will be used, 86 metres sized at 265mm x 60mm and 173 metres sized at 150mm x 40mm.

Further decorative finishes are created with the addition of 65 metres of French provincial stringer moulds, custom designed, sized 100mm x 60mm, 24 metres of custom designed French provincial flatband, sized 250mm x 30mm and 96 metres French provincial quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. the windows will be decorated with 196 metres custom designed French provincial flatbands for the architraves, sized at 150mm x20mm and 18 keystones.

On the ground floor a large corbel will feature, 720mm high x 900mm deep x 200mm wide as well as 9 balusters, 660 mm high. Further decorative finishes will be created by 120 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm with 124 metres of custom designed flatbands for architraves, sized 150mm x 20mm and 13 keystones decorating the windows. The fencing will be elegantly finished with 4 Edwardian pier caps and 12 sections of fence capping, 240mm wide.

 

Lightweight Decorative Mouldings For French Provincial or Post-Modern Styles

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French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Two French provincial houses, each sixty squares are being built in North Balwyn. The style will be greatly enhanced with the use of the Finishing Touch French provincial decorative mouldings. Each house will use exactly the same lightweight, exterior mouldings:

60 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, 64.8 metres of French provincial flatband, model # M28, sized 500mm x 30mm, 62 metres of French provincial flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, 50.4 metres of French provincial plinths model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of French provincial revealed plain window sills, model # M13, sized 144mm x 175mm.

A thirty square post-modern home in East Ringwood is under development. Arches will be a strong feature in this design with requirements for 86 metres of window arches, model # W 22, sized 100mm x 30mm for fifteen windows along with 18 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and two arches, model # W22, one arch 1400mm diameter, the other 1700mm diameter. Three keystones, model # GK3, will top the arches. The build will also use 31.2 metres of parapet moulding, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm and 29.2 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 180mm x 45mm,

A very well-known builder has sourced decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in Clyde. He is completing the build with a number of flatband designs – 9.6 metres of flatband, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm, 2.4 metres of flatband, model # M29, sized 170mm x 130mm and 9.6 metres of flatband, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm.

Another builder has ordered decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in East Kew. The façade will be enhanced by 180 metres of parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm and 400mm beneath it a smaller parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm. Windows will be decorated with 171 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48.6 metres of window sill, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. To install the lightweight, exterior mouldings the builder has ordered 15 cans of Touch’n’Seal.