Interesting street and house number signs

being a house sign maker I can’t help comparing house signs in different countries when I am visiting them for a short break. I recently had a short break in Slovenia with my wife and saw some interesting house signs in the capital city Ljubljana and also on Lake Bled. It seems like the house number signs are uniform. They are made of enamel  with a dark green background and white numbers and writing and have a outside border. Each entrance to a building has a sign similar to the one below

 

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Each road has a sign at each end in the style as the one below.

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It does not seem that the owners of the buildings can choose a different style of plaque and can only use the green enamel signs as I did not see any other styles of house signs. This must be the standard for Slovenia. Ljubljana is a lovely city to visit with the historic centre completely pedestrianised. The area around Lake Bled is beautiful and has quite an alpine feel – the houses look very Austrian but the house numbers and street names are still uniform in the same style as above.

Here is an unusual sign for us

As house sign makers we usually make house name plaque for customers. The customer for this sign ordered a sign from our tough white house sign range but it was made for their dog grooming business. The sign has deep v-groove engraving and is inlaid with black paint. Looks pretty good we think.

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White house sign with directional arrow

Here is an example of a V-groove engraved House sign with a directional arrow. We offer direction arrows and markers in many sizes on most of our collections of house signs and plaques. This example  has a long arrow underneath the house name. We can also make signs with short arrows justifies to the left or right of the wording instead of underneath.

 

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Links to Local Government website search for changing house name

As we are house sign makers we get many inquiries on how to change the name of a house. Usually when a family has moved into a new home and they want to personalize the name of their house to something more akin to their tastes or interests.

You can add a house name to an address which has a house number as well. Therefore if you have a new house which has a designated street number  you can then also add a house name to the address line ( and on the house) providing you also display the house number on the property.

Our advice is to contact your local Council department responsible for street naming and numbering. These departments usually offer a service (normally for a fee) for changing a house name or adding a new house name to a new build property. However if your house as been designated a house number you can’t change the number to a just a house name. – Even if it is the unlucky number 13, you must always display the house number but you could also call your house something like ‘Rose Cottage’ if you wish.

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Our other bit of advice is not to order a house name sign for a change of name until the Council confirm that there are no conflicts with your proposed new name. This could be an expensive mistake. We have had customer who order a house new house name sign from us and then find out from the Council they can’t use the proposed house name as it is already in use nearby.

To check for you local councils website go to https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council and enter your postcode. When on the Councils website search for ‘Street naming and numbering’ which should bring up the correct way of applying for a house name change.  Good Luck

Video of an engraved slate house sign

V-grooved house sign in slate with white paint inlay. The font is called Rondalo which is a very modern rounded style of font. The signs are deeply engraved with our v-carving cnc cutter

Videos of slate engraved house sign with a vertical separator

Our customer asked us to create an engraved slate house plaque  in one line of text with a vertical separator line between the house number and the house name. We have never done one like this before but it looks quite contemporary in style. Perhaps we will offer this separator as an option on all our house signs. What do you think?

Bespoke size slate house signs

We can make our slate house signs in bespoke sizes. The example showing here is a 270mm wide by 100mm high slate signs. It was cut down in length from our standard 300mm by 100mm slate house plaque. We charge for the nearest size up for any bespoke sized signs and we can cut them to the mm. Therefore if you need to fit a sign within a short width or deeper area to cover unsightly marks on brickwork we can probably help. We make these signs up to 500mm wide and 300mm deep.

 

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We don’t engrave bold lettering

Some customer ask why we don’t offer Tiffany Bold font or other bold fonts on our V-carved engraved slate or white house signs. The sketch below should give a good indication why bold text is not available. The v groove  in the top example number 1 is an average sized engraving on and average sized house sign – it will go up to 5mm deep into the slate.  2 is an engraving for a larger text up to 75mm tall lettering and engraved up to 6.5 mm deep.  The bottom example is what would happen if the v groove is too wide – it would weaken the slate if the font is too fat or if the text is too large. We don’t want that to happen therefore we do not offer bold fonts or very large number or text over 75mm tall on these engraved signs. The maximum height we can engrave any text or number is 75mm, any larger and it would weaken the slate by being too deep.

 

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New House Signs Range- white engraved signs

here is a collage of some of the new range of white engraved house signs. These signs are made from a high quality  solid surface material which will last outdoors for several decades with no maintenance The house names and house numbers are v-groove engraved ( same as our engraved slate house signs) . The house numbers or house names can be inlaid with several colour inlays offered. The sizes will be the same as offered in our slate house signs range. The white background is a great match with UPVC porches and doors

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