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.

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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.

 

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.

 

Decorative Mouldings Create Stunning, Stylish Facades

French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

A double storey, 55 square house in Mount Waverley with French provincial influences is currently under construction. The exterior on both levels is handsomely decorated with the addition of lightweight, decorative mouldings provided by the Finishing Touch. The top storey features an arch over the window with a keystone, above the balcony over the front entrance. The effect is achieved with Finishing Touch mouldings model # W1120, sized 120mm x 55mm and Key1010, sized 350mm x 240mm. 9.6 metres of a large parapet, model # P8430, sized 43mm x 335mm, decorates the top centre of the balcony.

22metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, has been used as an eave moulding, whilst 2.4 metres of stringer, model # S20, sized 75mm x 50mm and 12 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized 370mm x 30mm add further decorative qualities. The five front windows are finished with 36 metres of window architrave, model # W1120, sized 120mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm, contributing to the creation of a stunning façade.

The ground floor is decorated with 38.4 metres of parapet moulding at the mid level, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 3 metres of stringer, model # S20, sized 75mm x 50mm,  and 17 meters of quoining, model # Q300, sized 370mm x 30mm. The windows are decorated with 42 metres of window architrave, model #W1120, size 120mm x 55mm and 6 metres of windowsill, model #WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm and the front window features an arch and keystone (the same model numbers as for the top floor).

A single level, 40 square home in the post-modern style in Templestowe is under development. This build will require 72 metres of parapet moulding, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, 65 metres of window architraves , model #WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm, for ten windows, that are further decorated with arches, 1000mm in diameter. Decorative mouldings for the front door, at 1800 diameter, will complete the architectural features of the façade.

Some builds only require a simple decorative moulding, as is the case for three units under development in Burwood. 69 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm is needed for these post-modern units, each 22 squares.

The Finishing Touch decorative mouldings can be viewed on the products page of the website.

 

 

 

 

Decorating French Provincial and Post-Modern House Facades

Decorative mouldings improve facade of these units.

The Finishing Touch has been busy this week with planning for three properties under development.  The first project is a 60 square property of three units in Tooronga Road, Glen Iris, Post-modern in style with a peaked roof.  This build requires 91 metres of eave mouldings, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm and 360 metres of window architraves, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm.

A larger project is for a French provincial style home of sixty squares in Canterbury designed by a leading Australian Architect. Decorative mouldings are all to a proprietary design with shapes and dimensions supplied by the Architect/Designer. The Finishing Touch supplies custom designed architectural mouldings and was able to meet the design brief for this build. Decorative mouldings required for the first floor are 108 metres of parapet, sized 375mm x 310mm. 108 metres of a larger parapet, sized 320mm x 845mm and 96 metres of a smaller parapet, sized 370mm x 155mm. Five arches, 1200mm in diameter add further glamour. On the ground floor 70 metres of parapet mouldings and another 70 metres of the larger parapet together with 28 individual quoining blocks, sized 600mm x 300mm, are highly decorative, as are the five columns, 3 metres high with Tuscan capitals and Doric bases. Windows are decorated with 42 metres of window architraves, sized 130mm x 80mm and 10.8 metres of window sill with a plinth reaching to the ground, all up sized at 785mm x 650mm.

Another property in Toorak is also in the French provincial style. To decorate the façade of this fifty five square house decorative mouldings for fifty metres of parapet moulding, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, twelve metres of parapet, model # P4160, sized at 160mm x 160mm, 13 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, sized at 90mm x 70mm plus 50 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm and 91 metres of quoining, Q300, sized at 320mm x 30mm. Finishing touch models can be viewed on the products page.

Decorative Mouldings for Heritage Restoration & French Provincial Home

 

 

 

 

Example of French Provincial decorative mouldings.

Eight arches with architraves originally adorned a heritage, commercial building, the Queensberry Hotel, situated on the corner of Queensberry Street and Swanton Street, Carlton. At one stage they were removed but recently the decision was made to restore them and the Finishing Touch were called upon to supply their quality architectural mouldings. They supplied the restoration with 27 lengths of 3 metre architrave mouldings, in a style similar to French provincial, model # WDG8XY, sized 120mm x 50mm. These decorative mouldings were used to form the one metre diameter arches. They also supplied a DAP adhesive and sealant.

A French provincial, two storey, fifty square home recently built in Strathmore boasts an elegant façade with the addition of exclusive French provincial decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. A beautiful finish was achieved with 58 metres of French provincial parapets, model # P4200, sized 200mm x 195mm, 8 metres of French provincial parapets with dentals, model # P6240, sized 240mm x 220mm and 34 metres of French provincial quoinings, model # Q300, sized 320mm x 30mm. Further decoration was added with 6 metres of French provincial plinth, model DGPL400, sized 400mm x 55mm.

The windows of this Strathmore property were decorated with French provincial architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 23 metres of French provincial windowsills, model #WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. Adding further glamour to the façade was one large arch for the balcony window and four small arches for windows at the front. 8 metres in total of model #W1100, sized 100mm x45mm was supplied for the arches.

Please view the decorative moulding models on the Finishing Touch Product page