4/28/2010

Mid Century Modern House Numbers


Neutraface font to front our abode.




We're busy making stuff happen. Outside. While the weather is perfect. Let's take a look.

Our lawn has long been disgraced by this lamp post. For shame. So. We got to work.



As hinted on past posts, we inherited a supply of cement board planks known as HardiePlank. We're putting it to good use.



The house numbers were custom fabricated by a close friend of ours with a CNC machine and some mad skills.

The font we used was the famed Neutraface font inspired by one of our favorite Mid Century Modern architects, Richard Neutra. If you're up for a mindless laugh, check out this video about Neutraface, sung in the key of Gaga.

And we're back.

The numbers "float" off the wall. Sweet.



Aforementioned offensive light post was removed. Tediously. In its place, a post was driven. A few feet over, another post was driven. Posts were leveled. So were our muscles.



Using the cement board, we built a wall.



We painted said wall and installed said numbers. Then we stood back and admired.



Taking advantage of the power source running from the house to the now-removed-post, we installed a weather proof outlet on the backside of the wall. This outlet can service yard work, and light our numbers at night. Revel in our cleverness.






Completed project:



Greatest moment came at completion, when several neighbors came out to compliment the work. They admitted being concerned about what we were up to until the finished product was revealed. Hopefully this is inspiration to our entire hood.

We have plans. Loads of plans. Landscaping plans. Vinyl siding removal plans. Built-in furniture plans. World domination plans. Plans to digress. Digressing... now.

Cheers,

-Baz

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29 comments:

jimgrey said...

Delurking to say that this is awesome, total class.

The Urbanophile said...

I love it. I especially like the light. House numbers are invisible at night in your neighborhood. I can never figure out which house is Wil's.

Can you fabricate in any font?

SeeJaneSell said...

Cool...it just gets better & better!

We had those same hideous lamp posts. I replaced the lantern tops with swedish globe style balls and they look awesome. Love your addy numbers.

Kevin said...

You guys are inspirational. Seriously, I don't think I appreciated MCM architecture very much until I followed blogs like this one. Nice work.

Courtney said...

Hey. It is looking great! Can't wait to get our lamp post replaced :)

Lisa said...

Beautiful. Everyone you've done has just been perfect and so well-chosen.

Baz Mcm said...

Urbanophile: re: any font? Yes. Any font. Any size. It's the joy of a CNC machine.

Zane D. said...

wow, you made your own numbers? I couldn't find any metalworkers who could do it for less than what we could buy them for...so we just spent $50 per number at DWR for the real things to put on our 1962 Palmer & Krisel. they are gorgeous!

and nice job on the little wall, looks great...awesome color choice.

I noticed that the Hardie folks make a board-and-batten solution for all you renovators trying to keep the midmod look.

HipMamaB said...

you inspire me! I've been thinking about our address #s for awhile now..

Karrey said...

I love those numbers! I'd totally want some, but 710 just wouldn't be very fun-looking.

joe shoemaker said...

love love love the work. good job baz & jax. you continue to raise the bar.

Tami said...

Sheer class . . . and eco-friendly!

Julie said...

Outstanding work as usual...you cease to amaze us with your pursuit of MCM perfection. What's the next project?

troy. said...

Excellent work!

Beth said...

Phenomenal job, Baz! The exterior is really coming along. Can't wait to see what's under that awful vinyl. Good luck!

Jeanne said...

What color of gray is that? I love it. Is it Benjamin Moore?

ThursdayFridaySaturday said...

Subtle with a hint of flash. Nice.

Mary-Frances said...

Me too - normally lurking to say "awesome".

John and Diane said...

Great idea on the house numbers out front and a terrific idea to use the power to light them up. They look awesome. Still, I gotta tell everyone that affordable numbers ARE available at
http://www.atlashomewares.com/avhonu.html
Nice simple solution to your deck, too, looks great.
-D

Gonked, Glooked and Slurped! said...

WOW, great job! Looks amazing!!! What size did you get your numbers made? We recently tried to install some house numbers on our house, but they ended up being too small and we couldn't use them in the end. We're very interested in contacting you to get a quote from your friend, but was just curious about the size you got first.

jen_mcm said...

Very nice. We have a pallet of leftover brick from 1978 and I'm itching to do something at the driveway. Unfortunately, our address number doesn't leave a lot of room for inspiration. Just how funky can one get with a single "8"?

Stuart said...

*Applause*

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Everyone you've done has just been perfect and so well-chosen
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Chartreuse not Obtuse said...

Just came across this, and I love it! You have such a keen design eye, and this adds a big improvement. Great that you thought about the power source and lighting up at night.

As for jen_mcm, who was bewailing her lonely number 8, I know what I would do: I would write out the word 'eight', and have the number 8 stand in for the 'g'.

Atticmag said...

Baz, love the link to your house numbers project! It's so super sleek and cool and I so appreciate your stopping by my blog. Jane F.

Jessica said...

Awesome use of the hole from that awful pole! I just got some new house numbers and tried installing them this weekend, but our house is lacking space on it so I was looking for inspiration for this sort of thing!

Christopher Sample said...

Awesome treatment, I love how it creates a nice flow from your lawn to front door.

Ben Smithson said...

I have a crush on your house. I read this post while we were looking for a MCM home in Dallas. Well... we're in (as of September 2010) and just finished our fence this past weekend and mounted a number plate on to the slat screen. We skimped with the cheapie numbers from home depot.

Shaira@Real Estate Bretton-Wood said...

Great idea! Id like mine to be much bigger. The mailman doesnt really see our house number and we never get to receive mail. I have to go to the post office and get my mail. It is such a hassle really.