House numbers are an important feature for visitors that rarely get attention.
The address sign with our house numbers at the bottom of our driveway is in disrepair and the numbers are fading away. As I think about what to do, the surprise is how much thought this update really requires.
Obviously, address signs range from home-improvement-store plain to stylish and personalized. But the basics are not very obvious. As a first step, take 10 minutes to explore the issue from the viewpoint of someone who needs to find house fast: the pizza delivery guy, the appliance repair man or the UPS van. Sure, some of the advice is exaggerated – there’s enough neon in Times Square thank you very much – but many suggestions of ways to make the house more “findable” are valid.
In addition, here are some unusual ideas, beginning on the steps of a bungalow where a pair of concrete planters sport house numbers in mosaic.
Black enamel house numbers back-painted on the glass of Colonial revival lantern.
A rustic house-number wooden plaque made from glued and nailed-on twigs and branches is well-lit by the front door.
House numbers professionally cut into a country boulder and painted black.
A cottage screen door house number done in script and embellished by upholstery nail heads.
Large enameled-aluminum numbers hang from chains on a well-placed tree branch in a front yard.
Nita, from Mod Vintage Life, showed off the terrific house numbers on her 1931 Tudor in a classical style cartouche with putto (baby angel) and linked here. She explains: “I created this from a plaque I found in the garden stuff at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. I have no idea what it was intended for originally, but when I saw it…I knew I could somehow add house numbers to it. I bought metal numbers at Ace Hardware and glued them on with all weather adhesive.”