What should I name my house? House name ideas.

House naming is a tradition that stretches back generations, and to this day is a unique way to add character to your property, whether new or old! House names originally came into being in the wealthy upper classes, who named their manors, castles and halls with links to their location, ancestry, historical events or family titles. (Norfolk House, built by the Duke of Norfolk; Blenheim Palace; named after the battle of Blenheim etc.)

Within the top 50 most popular house names we have made a bespoke house sign for almost all of them, and here are 3 of our personal favourites that have been made by us:

The Old Rectory – Stainless Steel House Name
The Lodge – LED Stainless Steel House Name
The Lookout – Anthracite Grey House Name

The tradition of naming homes has grown over the centuries and now choosing a house name is often the finishing touch on a renovated property, a new build or simply a lovely way to call a new home your own when moving in. House names today are inspired by whatever you feel a connection to – everything from location, local or family history, flora & fauna, literature and legends, to simply the type of tree that stands in the front or back garden.

Although we are asked for house names that are on the popular lists all the time, we have also created house names for homes with quirkier titles. We have made signs for ‘The Cowshed’ ‘Camelot Gardens’ ‘Blue Haze’ ‘Fade to Grey’ ‘Aurora’ ‘Zephyr Hills’ and many more. Our favourite more unusual house names are below:

Merlins – Powder Coated Black House Name
The Upside Down House – Custom Lettering
Lamorna – Stainless Steel House Name
Wits End – LED House Name

There are no right or wrong house names, simply the name that fits both you and your property. Every week one of our many enquiries will request a unique house name we have never heard of, that sparks our imagination – ‘What would an Upside Down House look like?’ ‘I wonder if Rose Tree Cottage has a pink rose bush or a white?’ ‘What can you see from The Lookout?’ Get creative and take your inspiration from the features of the house or the garden, use family names, dog names or choose a popular classic name that fits your home!  We have even had anagrams or combinations of all the family’s first names to create totally unique words.

Once you have made a decision on the right name for your home it is essential that you follow the correct procedure for re-naming homes. It is useful to note that you cannot remove a house number, only add a house name to the address so that both feature. This handy guide from The Telegraph will talk you through the protocol here in the UK. We are always happy to provide signage that contains both a house name and number, so once you are all set with informing the appropriate parties then get in touch for a quote.

8 Dale Bank – LED House Name

Why choose 316 marine grade steel for your house number?

What exactly is ‘stainless steel’ and do you need 316 stainless for your house number or house name?

When it comes to choosing the right steel for your external numbers or signage there can be a lot of misleading information. All steels have a basic iron and carbon composition, but stainless steel will also contain chromium and nickel, and it is this alloy that gives stainless its famous resistance to corrosion in wet conditions.

There are multiple grades in the ‘stainless’ category, each with a slightly different alloy composition, and therefore slightly different characteristics when it comes to durability. The two most common grades of stainless steel are 304 and 316 which are the grades that we use of the manufacture of our house numbers and house names.

Our range of modern 316 house numbers.

316 is the superior option due to the presence of molybdenum, an alloy that enhances corrosion resistance even further. 316 stainless steel is often called ‘marine grade stainless’ as it is resistant to the salt corrosion that happens in coastal areas where the sea-salt gets into the air. Whilst this exceptional quality grade is often used for producing exterior signage it is simply not necessary if you live inland, and you can save money by opting for the lower grade of 304 which will be perfectly weather resistant if sea salt is not in the air.

So how close to the sea will I need 316 grade house numbers?

Generally speaking we advise within 3km of the sea is the necessary area for 316 numbers, however geographical considerations such as estuaries and islands can also play a part in the way sea salt influences the surroundings. For example customers on Jersey, Guernsey or other UK islands will have sea salt coming from all directions even if they live in the centre of the island so 316 would always be advisable. Take a look at the map below of the river dart in Devon; the pin in the map is 5km from the coast line, but right on the shore of a river estuary, where the tide is rising and falling every day. The hills either side of the river mouth will also help to channel the wind up the river from the sea, and so the salt level in the air will be much higher.

5km away from the coast, but right next to a river estury. We would reccomend a 316 steel here!

Which of your house numbers are 316 grade?

We offer 8 stock styles of 304 stainless steel house numbers, as well as a stock range of modern 316 house numbers. We can also cut these styles to order in the alternate grade, and offer a custom font service for your house number if you can’t see something you like. All our bespoke signage can be produced in either  grade too!

Our bespoke house names can be laser cut in either 304 or 316 grade depending on your location.

Do you offer other materials that are okay for use by the sea?

Power coatings can be applied to any of our products and these durable industrial coatings can be used on signage right next to the sea. We regularly coat in Anthracite Grey and Black, but any RAL number can be used to match in with any other architectural features in your home or for a pop of colour. ‘The Lookout’ sign below was installed onto an amazing holiday rental property in Wyke Regis, Dorset where the coastal elements hit the anthracite grey surface daily.

Anthracite Grey sign installed right next to the sea in Dorset.

Welcome to the housenumbers blog!

Welcome to The House Numbers blog! At www.housenumbers.co.uk we specialise in creating the perfect finishing touch to a property. We spend all our days creating custom house numbers and bespoke house names, so this blog will bring together our products and the inspiration we gather for them: pictures of beautiful homes we encounter, the latest in architecture, front door styling and lots more! We will also be blogging about running a small family business and the challenges that face smaller online companies in an ever-changing marketplace.

Housenumbers Limited was established in 2005 by Katherine & Charles Ellis, after their family failed to find a house number they loved for a new house extension. The number 17 in a circle, which now forms part of our corporate image, was admired by friends and neighbours to such an extent that the business just took off from word of mouth recommendations. Katherine, Charles and their daughter Josie now run the business full time, aided by a small and dedicated team who help bring everything together. September 2018 saw expansion into a larger business premises and the purchase of new equipment including our own laser cutter, so it is truly an exciting time to start documenting the behind the scenes of our family business!

1 meter wide sign featuring the company logo, created for our new business premises in october 2018. Click on the image to see more of our bespoke work.