Australia Wide Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings

18 Abercrombie St Deepdene close windows

The word has got out!  Finishing Touch decorative mouldings are easy to install, high quality and last a long time. Orders are flowing in from all around Australia.

A two storey, post-modern luxury home of 120 Squares situated on a cliff top with stunning views is being built by an owner/builder at 1690 Boneo Rd, Flinders, Victoria. He is using high quality decorative mouldings – 125 metres of flatband, model # M130, sized 120mm x 30mm and 123 metres of parapet moulding, model P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm to enhance the façade.  Whilst 70 metres of a custom made internal cornice moulding with integrated  lighting will be a feature inside.

Janke Constructions are busy building a two storey, post-modern 60 square house at 12 St. Ives Road, Toowoomba, Queensland. 39 metres of stringer, model # S1R4, sized 90mm x 70mm have been ordered from the Finishing Touch and 3.6 metres of a custom made decorative moulding for the facia of the Romeo & Juliette curved balcony is being manufactured .

Another Queensland construction at Hope Island, a suburb of the Gold Coast, is handsomely finished with architectural decorative mouldings. The 55 squares, post-modern design will feature 79 metres of eave parapet, model # M344, sized 345mm x 300mm, 77 metres of quoining, model # Q300, sized at 320mm x 30mm, 53 metres of parapet moulding, model # M258B, sized at 258mm x 190mm.

All 34 windows will be decoratively finished with 241 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized at 100mm x 45mm and 66 metres of window sills, model # WSR1, sized at 140mm x 210mm.

A single storey homestead at Ross Creek, had a simple order for 91.2 metres of quoining, to be cut into 2 separate lengths –  320mm high x 180mm length and 340 mm length, for a stepped effect on the corners of the homestead.

 

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Decorative Mouldings Best Suited To The French Provincial Style

Ever popular, the French provincial style has been adapted in Australia and used in the design of many modern built homes. Pitched rooflines, symmetry, arched windows, tall top storey windows, porticos with substantial balustrades are some of the features of this style. French provincial homes tend to be rather grand: reflecting country manor elegance. Decorative architectural mouldings are very much a part of this elegant style, both interior and exterior.

Melbourne builders, designers and architects value the high quality, lightweight, decorative mouldings that the Finishing Touch supply to complete their French provincial designed houses. These decorative mouldings last, stay put and don’t crack or warp. The Finishing Touch have a range of exterior decorative mouldings that are particularly suited to the French provincial style. They are:

Parapet Decorative Mouldings:

French provincial parapets, model # P4300, size 300mm x 285mm.

French provincial parapet model # P4240, size 240mm x 227mm.

French provincial parapets, model #P4160, size 160mm x 160mm.

Stringer Mouldings:

French provincial stringers, model # S1R4, size 90mm x 70mm

French provincial stringers, model # P8120, size 120mm x 90mm.

Decorative mouldings for Windows:

French provincial window sills, model # WS5, size 130mm x 70mm,

French provincial window sills, model #WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm.

French provincial window architraves, model #W1100, size 100mm x 45mm.

French provincial window architraves, model # WDG8XY, size 120mm x 50mm.

Arches:

Can be made to fit any size with a variety of styles available.

Eave mouldings:

French provincial eave moulding model #PE8200, sized 195mm x 155mm.

Columns:

Round, square or tapered.

French provincial pier caps

Available in three styles, French, French Modern and Small French.

 

Please contact the Finishing Touch to order decorative mouldings for your next build.

Friday 13th Haunted Houses

Studley Park House Camden NSW

It’s Friday 13th. To get your spook on we are looking at some famous haunted houses. Studley Park House in Camden, was originally built by grazier William Payne in 1889. Although considered haunted, it is a beautiful building, featuring many admirable decorative mouldings. The death of two children has earned the house its haunted reputation. The residence became a boarding college and in 1909 a 14-year-old student, Ray Blackstone, drowned in a dam near the residence. His body is believed to have been kept at the cellar until it was buried. The building was sold soon after and reverted back to a residence. The son of acclaimed business man Arthur Adolphus Gregory died at the house in 1939 from appendicitis and his body was kept in the theatrette.

Spooky disturbances at the house include a hangman’s noose found dangling from a steeple roof by builders renovating in 2010, unexplained lights, sightings of a lady who stands at the window and a photograph of a ghostly young boy in the basement taken by ghost hunters.

Closer to home in Bundoora, on the outskirts of Melbourne, is the old Larundel Mental Asylum, famous in its day for incarcerating a great number of Melburnians suffering mental illness. Closed in 2001, it has been an abandoned building, off limits to the public but has built a reputation for being haunted. This attractive building was one of Melbourne’s three “magnificent asylums for the insane” built in the 1930s and 40s.

Larundal Mental Asylum

Now covered in graffiti the building, since its closure, has been a hangout for ghost hunters, graffiti artists and squatters. There have been reports of loud banging, children’s laughter, crying, and an eerie music box. Serial killer Peter Dupas was treated here, adding to the mystique of the building. Only a few original buildings of the vast complex remain and are soon to be reconstructed into apartments, completing the residential development already constructed on the grounds, which includes a shopping centre.

 

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.

Decorative Mouldings Enhance French Provincial Homes

French Prov style juliette balconies

Typical French Provincial Style

A build is well underway in Charlotte Street, Glen Waverley by a major national builder, who has sourced high quality, light weight decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch. This 60 square, two storey, French provincial property will have an attractive façade with the addition of 120 meters of large parapet moulding, model # M2585, sized 265mm x 200mm, 19 metres of window headers, model # M24, sized 180mm x 120mm, 67 metres of window architraves (using flatband moulding), model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 19 metres of window sill, model # WS172, sized 172mm x 60mm.

The same major builder is constructing a two storey, 50 square, French provincial home in Matlock Road, Wantirna South. The Finishing Touch have supplied 46 metres of parapet moulding, model # EP12S, sized 140mm x 120mm, 40 metres of architrave, model # M1, sized 110mm x 30mm, 9.6 metres of window sill, model # M13, sized 145mm x 175mm, 13 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 100mm x 45mm. An arch moulding, 1800 mm in diameter, model # M1, will add further finesse to the façade.

A more modest post-modern, 35 square, single storey property in Warragul has also been supplied with decorative mouldings. Showing the flexibility in the use of these lightweight mouldings 14.4. metres of architrave moulding , model # M1, sized 110mm x30mm, is being used as a stringer whilst 35 metres of flatband moulding, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, is being used as an architrave.

Three post-modern units, each twenty squares are currently being built in Templestowe. They required 151 metres of architraves W1100, sized 100m x 45mm and  67 metres window sill, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm for a handsome finish.

The Finishing Touch architectural moulding models can be viewed on the website.

French Provincial Architectural Mouldings For New Homes Plus Lightweight Mouldings For Older Building

The Eyrie

The Finishing Touch have been commissioned to replace old faulty exterior mouldings with new lightweight mouldings on a fifteen year old building in Elwood.  Situated in Ormond Esplanade the building has a sandstone finish and faces Port Phillip Bay where it is subject to the weathering influences of sun, salt water, wind and rain.  The replacement architectural mouldings of large parapets around the building the Finishing Touch will supply will have a smoother, sharper render style and finish, vastly improving the look of the building and giving the parapets a much longer life.

Requests for quotes on properties in New Gisborne and Ascot Vale are now in the pipe line.  The property in New Gisborne is for a forty square, two storey modern design building after the French Provincial style. The project would involve working directly with the Builders, supplying parapets, window sills, window architraves and arches.  Once the quote is accepted, manufacturing will begin in one month and the house mouldings will be fitted within two months.

The Ascot Vale property is in Ormond Road and is for a new, modern designed house being built in the French Provincial style.  This project will use a large range of decorative architectural mouldings, including parapets, stringers, window architraves, window sills, keystones, pier caps and quoinings. Once the quote is accepted it is estimated it will take three months before the mouldings will be fitted.

All architectural mouldings are taken to the site and installed by certified installers, which carries a 7 year warranty on all installation and fixing. The company’s proprietary render patch system is utilised, virtually eliminating any sign of joins.