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house numbers and the fence wall (aka the mies wall)

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 29, 2012 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Dec 28, 2012



The wall in front of the entrance to the house is noted on the plans as the "FENCE WALL":

We call it the Mies wall after Mies van der Rohe although we could just as easily have called it the von Doesburg wall (although Mies Wall has more of a ring to it...). The final elevations of the house don't show the wall (the architects had to put on the X-Ray Vision to allow the builder to see what the front door looks like, you know).

The cover sheet and the electrical plan shows the location of the wall:

Since I've been wondering what size house letters to order, I wanted to see what they would look like proportioned with the wall. So here's what I come up with with the wall:

In case you are wondering how I do this stuff: The architects sent over the plans in PDF. Fortunately the plans are in vector format. "Vector format" is fancy-schmancy talk that means that each line in the diagram is represented by it's own graphical element. If the plans were in "raster format", the plans would be uneditable. Because the plans are in a vector format, I can then load the PDF into Adobe Illustrator and have my way with them (bwah! ha! ha!!!).

So let's zoom in on that Mies Wall:

Much better...

So this is the light we chose for the wall:

Rather adorable, really. That sucker measures 6 inches on a side (and sticks out an extra 0.75 inches).

And here are the our address numbers of choice:

although we're hoping the address-number makers will be able to do this to highlight the up and down rhythm of the circles:

Those numbers come in 6, 8, 10, and 12 inch heights.

And here is what the whole mess looks like up on the wall with 6 inch height numbers:

I think anything bigger than 6 inches might look wonky, so perhaps this is it!

Once last check: Is there a tree in the way of seeing the address when looking dead-on?

The answer is "Maybe...". May need to move the light and address over to the right a bit...

And if we want the same light but with longer dimensions... They have one!

Not sure which one I like better...



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