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.

 

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.

2017 Colour Trends Married To Architectural Styles

post modern design

Looking at the Dulux colour trends for 2017 as forecast by Bree Leech, their Trend Forecaster, Creative Director, Producer and Stylist we can’t help but marry the different colour palettes with house styles. Entwine, based on the idea of weaving and woven colours and Construct based on architectural periods like brutalism with a focus on materials and form and  Sentience the offset to our online lives.

Entwine – an eclectic range of rich, warm colours in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes from around the world, creating a link between modernity and traditions.  The architectural style that comes to mind is Tuscany or Mediterranean which would be a perfect fit to the colourful woven mats from far off lands and mix of rich, warm colours in the interior.  Decorative mouldings for this style from the Finishing Touch include corbels that protrude from the beams and are available in a wonderful array of shapes and styles.

Construct – Luxury is derived not from frivolity but raw materials, structure and form.  This pared back beauty is obtained from rawness in architectural angles, concrete, steel and galvanised finishes. Interiors follow an atmospheric palette of dark blues and greys with accents in platinum, copper and rust.  The architectural style is post-modern, with stark, simple lines. Decorative mouldings accentuate the lines with eave mouldings and flatbands, which can be made to any dimension.

Sentience – using textures in interiors to offset the effect of so much screen time in our lives, the lack of feeling crispy paper when reading  because now we read ibooks, izines and news online. The continual swishing and swiping on our devices means our eyes are tired and our finger tips are feeling the same flat surface, so when we look up and around us we should be surrounded by interesting textures like woollen knitted rugs, linen bedding, painted exposed brick and when we touch we should be feeling handmade ceramics, unrefined soaps and plants. A colour palette in subtle pastels in washed, earthy tones, soft naturals like earthy pinks, new beige and lichen greens. This would go beautifully in a French provincial style home,styled with the great range of Finishing Touch decorative mouldings specially designed for the French provincial style.

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.

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.

Lightweight Architectural Decorative Mouldings A Great Modern Advance

French Provincial home built in 1836

French Provincial home built in 1836

Once upon a time architectural decorative mouldings for building interiors were made of plaster and Italian Stuccardores created intricately designed ceilings by hand, onsite.  Stucco was used in Victorian times for smooth, evenly coloured house fronts but by the 1860s terracotta became more popular.  Decorative mouldings held an important significance in the value of houses, with elaborate mouldings adding value to the price of a house.

These days decorative mouldings are simpler in design, sometimes recreating the look of bygone eras, as with columns and arches. The greatest advance in modern decorative mouldings has been the development of lightweight mouldings. The Finishing Touch are leaders in this technology. Their lightweight mouldings are created using a high grade computer cut EPS polystyrene. They offer two styles of finish – smooth or sandstone.  The sandstone finish is created by triple coating the mouldings with a multi-part compound, which is reinforced with a triple coating of sand for maximum strength and durability. The smooth finish is achieved by reinforcing the mouldings with fibreglass mesh, then coating with 1 or 2 coats of an impact resistant and flexible polymer modified cementitious render. This coating provides a smooth, durable exterior.

Current building trends use a number of styles, with the French Provincial look being extremely popular. Georgian and Mediterranean styles are also popular as are Post-Modern designs. Decorative mouldings are used to finish buildings and help to achieve the particular styles being applied. In fact, the Finishing Touch have specific decorative mouldings that are used for French Provincial, Georgian, Mediterranean or Post-Modern designed houses. The development of lightweight decorative mouldings has made it easier for builders to use these decorative features extensively on houses, creating stylish buildings with a classic or modern look.

The French Provincial Style Easily Achieved With The Use of Decorative Mouldings

French Provincial style

French Provincial style

Decorative mouldings make it easy to create the French Provincial look, which is a popular style for houses built in Australia. This highly desirable style was recently achieved on a two storey, fifty square home at Sidgewick Street, Atwood. The house was superbly finished with decorative mouldings supplied by The Finishing Touch. They manufactured and installed parapets for upper and lower storeys with quoinings, a decorative arch over the balcony entrance and window architraves with a flatband extending around the circumference of the house.

Another house is styled in the French Provincial look in Nicholson Avenue, Mount Waverley.  Decorative mouldings have helped to create a stunning finish to this double storey, sixty square house. The Finishing Touch supplied the mouldings, including a large eave parapet 300mm x 300mm, decorative keystones above the windows, five arches over the windows along with window architraves, a French Provincial style parapet moulding separating the first floor and ground floor, garage mouldings and architraves around the entrance.

Decorative mouldings can be used for many other styles also, such as Georgian, Mediterranean, Art Deco and Post-modern. A two storey, sixty square home In Stafford Court, Wendouree has been built in a post-modern design.  The decorative mouldings have helped to create a nicely stylised finish, with parapet mouldings between the top and ground floors, window architraves, window sills and quoinings.  The Finishing Touch supply many styles of homes with suitable, long lasting, high quality decorative mouldings with a fast turnaround from time of ordering to installation.

Add Flair to Your Build With Architectural Decorative Mouldings

Using Architectural decorative mouldings on a house build creates a better finish, giving a house flair and making a statement. Mouldings can be used to help effect a certain style, such as French Provincial, Mediterranean, Art Deco or Modern. In our last two blogs we explored the most commonly used mouldings and the mouldings that add a further  decorative flourish  and how they can be used to effect.
In this blog we will look at Flatbands, Wall Caps, Pier Caps and the range of sizes available for Parapets
Flatbands
Flatbands are a handy decorative tool,that can be used as window architraves, to cover up flashing, to break up a high wall or even conceal joins between two levels. They also add a further decorative touch when combined with corbels.

They come in the following sizes:
80mm,90mm or 100mm x 20mm
100mm x 20mm with a 30mm return
85mm,90mm, 100mm, 120mm, 150mm, 175mm, 250mm x 30mm
100mm x 30mm with a 30mm return
120mm x 30mm chamfered
250mm x 30mm chamfered, for base of square columns

Wall Caps and Pier Caps
Wall capping is used to cover the top section of walls. Pier caps can be made to match your wall cappings and they give a complete finish to your fence piers. Wall caps come in two styles with a 110mm external overall height and the choice of 236mm internal or 358mm internal height. Wall capping moulds are shipped in the standard length of 2.4 metres, but can be made to any custom length, with a maximum length of 3.4 metres. Several sizes and styles of Pier Caps are available. They can also be custom made to fit your individual piers, in unique designs or rectangular shapes.

Parapets
Manufactured in lengths up to 3400mm, there is a large range of styles available, including some with corbels.

By height, sizes are:
47mm x 15mm
100mm x 100mm
104mm x 136mm
120mm x 45mm, x 55mm, x 111mm
150mm x 100mm, x 150mm
160mm x 150mm, x 160mm
169mm x 180mm
170mm x 90mm, x 100mm, x 150mm
180mm x 95mm
200mm x 105mm, x 120mm, x 146mm, x 155mm, x 200mm
220mm x 116mm
240mm x 220mm
270mm x 143mm
280mm x 257mm
290mm x 280mm
300mm x 232mm, x 300mm
360mm x 191mm

 

Decorative Moulds Create An Authentic Mediterranean Look For New Restaurant

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Example of Mediterranean building with corbels under the eaves.

 

An exciting new restaurant serving a fusion of Italian, Spanish and French food at 25 Toorak Road, South Yarra is the latest project for the Finishing Touch.  Creating an authentic Mediterranean look to this eatery, they have installed a decorative parapet moulding that runs along the inside of the walls of two rooms, covering a total of 35metres in circumference.  Decorative corbels add a further ornamental touch to the two rooms that open out on to each other.

Another project that is currently under development is in Prospect Street, Pascoe Vale. A two storey, fifty squares, post-modern dwelling is well positioned with views of the Moonee Pond Creek valley. The build will be enhanced with the addition of parapet moulds, eave moulds, feature columns, column capitals and column bases.  A large arch at the entrance, window architraves, corbels under the windows and stringer moulds will create an impressive and stylish finish to this home.

The owner of a two storey, fifty square, existing home, 15 years old, at Belinda Court, East Bentleigh that now requires new mouldings has turned to The Finishing Touch for quality house mouldings to replace the original moulds. The existing mouldings are inexpensive fibreglass and plastic moulds, which had misshapen and are falling off the building; they now require to be completely replaced.The new mouldings the Finishing Touch will manufacture and install are made from computer cut high grade EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound then reinforced with a triple coating of sand for maximum strength and durability. parapet moulding
window architraves
window sills
stringers

Transform Your House Build With Decorative Mouldings

French Provincial

House mouldings will help you transform your building project. The use of both interior and exterior mouldings will create a unique and impressive design. The Finishing Touch mouldings are aesthetically pleasing, light weight, easy to install and well within your budget. The beauty of Finishing Touch mouldings is that you can create unlimited designs mixing and matching from our extensive range.

Whether you aspire to a French Provincial, Georgian, Mediterranean, Tuscan or Post Modern style for your build, the range available allows you to choose a combination of decorative mouldings that will create the look and quality finish you desire. .

The automated manufacturing process means the Finishing Touch will deliver your mouldings with maximum speed, consistency and accuracy.  From order to installation will take approximately four weeks. The lightweight mouldings delivered will be of the highest quality and at an affordable price.

About Our Products
The finished product will not crack, shrink, expand or bend and comes in a choice of two finishes –
Smooth Finish
Our range of smooth finish mouldings are composed of an expanded polystyrene (EPS) core, reinforced with fibreglass mesh and coated with 1 or 2 coats of an impact resistant and flexible polymer modified cementitious render. The coating provides a smooth, durable exterior.
Sandstone Finish
Our range of sandstone finish mouldings are manufactured from computer cut high grade EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound then reinforced with a triple coating of sand for maximum strength and durability.

Every piece of our decorative moulding range is carefully cast right here in Australia by our artisans in low maintenance high density polystyrene. This allows us to ensure tight quality control, on time delivery, and create the unmatched crispness of detail and high quality our customers and discriminating architects and builders have come to expect from the Finishing Touch range.  Mouldings, once manufactured, are ready for painting at the build site, allowing the customer to select the appropriate colour and quality of paint.