Solid gold house numbers for windows?
Updated On: Jan 09 2013 03:41:08 PM CST
By Chaya Kurtz, Networx
If you have a transom on which to put a house number, consider yourself lucky. Having a transom means that you most likely own a Brownstone or a townhouse, and that Brownstone or townhouse might even be located in an historical district. If you’re looking into putting authentic, historic-looking house numbers on a transom, I want to be you. Well, I like being me, but I would like to own a house like yours.
For those who are unfamiliar, a transom is the word used in the U.S.A. for the horizontal window above a transom bar or beam. Basically, in American usage, it is a horizontal window above a door. You see them on Brownstones, Georgian-style buildings and historic townhouses.
It became customary to paint a house number on the transom of one’s house in the 1800’s. The style has endured, although hand-painted gold numbering is getting scarce. Enter the market for vinyl decals, a less expensive way to achieve the look of custom gold-painted transom numbers. Vinyl house numbers are a cool solution for the modern, but historically-minded, homeowner. In fact, the founders of the House Number Lab invented them after being shocked by the price quotes from Washington D.C. painters for custom gilding.
One company, The House Number Lab, specializes in vinyl transom numbers. The company claims to use green practices in their office and workshop.
What they look like is hand-gilded house numbers, or hand-painted house numbers, except there is no painting contractor involved. Their three gold leaf options come in 23.5K gold, and both burnished and matte 22K gold. They also offer contemporary silver metallic house number decals, decals that replicate the look of etched glass, and an inexpensive white vinyl version.
The curves and shadows of the numbers are realistic. You can also match the style of house number to the era in which your home was built.
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