Now that we’re out of our apartment and dealing with the change of address, we’ve been thinking a lot about house numbers. House numbers are really important. I don’t know how many times we’ve driven up and down a street looking for address but we’re unable to see the house numbers. Our house is at the top of a steep slope off of a fairly busy street. The garage (and main) entrance to the house is off a narrow alley at the back of the house. My parents house is situated in the same way except for the fact that there is no access to the house from the street below. We’re lucky because we’ll have stairs from the street to the house. The mail is delivered at street level and we needed a fast way to get down there.
What we’re trying to decide now is where to put our house numbers and what to use. I think we should have it displayed in two places: On or over the garage and on the street level spray painted onto the retaining wall. I know it might seem like overkill, but I do really hate it when house numbers aren’t displayed clearly and I want our guests first impression of our house to not be a frustrating one.
I think we are in agreement about displaying the numbers in 2 locations. What we can’t decide is where on the alley side of the house and what medium to use.
On the street side, I think we’re going to do something like this
Modern House Numbers makes disgustingly cool house numbers in aluminum, vinyl stickers (for mailbox) and stencil form for spray painting on the curb (like one above). I really like the Soho font above, but I’m not sure that 3 inches high is big enough. I thought I could make something similar but bigger with contact paper and an exacto knife.
We know what we’re doing on the street side (minus how we’re going to do it) but there’s still the alley side. I think there are a few options.
Option 1: The Antique
We could use these somewhere above the garage where it’s covered.
I’m sure most of you have figured it out, but 4024 is our house number. I like the way the number sounds and looks. It’s no 007, but it will do. I wish we had a better street name though.
But back to the numbers.
Aren't these great? So apparently they were made in the late 1930's and were for San Francisco's Chinatown. I guess all the numbers were going to be replaced with these gems. For some reason (probably the war), then never got used and just in their boxes until 2 years ago. The man who found them sells the little stock he has at the antique mall where Micah bought my engagement ring.
We saw them when we stopped at the antique mall months before we were engaged. We loved them when we saw them but of course at the time didn't need them for anything. We were so happy to go back 1.5 years later and still find them there. We went the day we our architect gave us our project number and city issued address. We were a little excited. We really wanted black or orange but there were no more number 2s. We found our house number in the olive and bought them. The best part is that when we saw them before, they were $40 a number. When we bought them, they were selling for $10 a number plus 10% off if you bought 4 or more numbers. It was fate!
I also thought about having the number above the door, but I wasn’t sure that people would be able to see it and I thought it would look a little Christmasy. That section of the exterior is red.
Option 2: Modern House Number
Like I said, Modern House Number makes really cool aluminum numbers like this:
Looks amazing right? My only 2 concerns are 1. price (it’s $21 a digit) and 2. Would it get lost on the house? The exterior is a very light grey. Again, the doorway isn’t an option because the number would be visible if you were coming from the north. I know Lowes sells something similar for $7 a digit, so if we went this route, we could probably get it there.
Option 3: Get Your Paint On
Painting the house number on the garage like this
So what do you think? Option 1, 2, 3, 3A, or 3B?