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Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at March 08. 2005

Well, I'll start.

We finally bought a house after 6 months of crashing with my parents (the agony!) and so one of the first things I ordered for our new abode (we close on March 16) is a new mailbox. I had admired the [url href=http://www.umbra.com/cgi-bin/umbra.storefront/422db2d909929c0e273f0a00003505e2/Product/View/4603222D1]postino mailbox[/url] I saw at Umbra for a while, but when it came time to buy, I found the same thing at [url href=http://www.cb2.com]cb2[/url]. Yee haw!

My next hunt is for cool house numbers, so I'll probably go with [url href=http://www.sporeinc.com/products.html]spore[/url]. Any other good ideas?

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Posted by Jesse Leary at March 08. 2005

The inverse (reverse? obverse?) of the spore numbers: DWR Neutra #s
http://www.dwr.com/productdetail.cfm?id=6352

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Posted by Adam Wester at March 08. 2005

Here is another source for the Netura House Numbers, good luck


http://houseind.com/house.php?page=accessoriessubpage=metalletters

 
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Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at March 08. 2005

Never did i figure a site called myknobs.com would have anything but pronography in it, but it actualy has knobs! And house numbers! [url href=http://www.myknobs.com/hahousen3025s.html]These are pretty nice.[/url]

:: christy ::

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Posted by Splatgirl at March 08. 2005

In the not classically 'modern' category, I really like these
http://www.abodeplaques.com/index.html

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Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at March 09. 2005

Those are great - I wonder how much it would cost to get one stateside.

I remember someone once suggested a DIY project that was similar using [url href=http://www.topdeq.com/merchants/usa/eng/index.jsp?id=S]the cristallo signage at topdeq.[/url]

:: christy ::

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Posted by Kelly Spychalla at March 10. 2005
For others that may read this post thinking they'll find more ideas of where to get a modern mailbox, target.com actually has a couple reasonably priced wall-mount ones online. [url href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-7619862-8447034?%5Fencoding=UTF8=I3Q1STVOP5NJWA=cm%5Fwl%5Fitem-detail-text-link=B0002RPWLS=19YS7B3K5X8X8"]Metropolos Stainless Steel Satin Finish or the [/url][url href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1/602-7619862-8447034?%5Fencoding=UTF8=B0002EPI4C"]Standard Vertical Mailbox - Stainless Steel[/url]

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Posted by Sara R. Sage at March 10. 2005

I have been trying to find a mailbox for the last two weeks and I've found that there are a lot of choices if you're in need of a wall-mount type but not for post-mount. I think it is required for rural areas (?). The best I could come up with is a aluminum [url href=http://www.locking-mailboxes.com/?OVRAW=locking%20mailboxesOVKEY=locking%20mail%20boxOVMTC=standard]commercial[/url] type. I've purchased a stainless solar address light box to mount on the side.

If anyone has a better idea, I'd like to know.

Splatgirl, I love the link you posted. I wonder if they can print 5 digit addresses.

-sara

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Posted by Jeffrey Rous at March 10. 2005

If you can get a CAD file of what you want made out of steel, getting something made is pretty cheap. I am not sure of the process of getting certain fonts imported to a CAD file, but I am sure it can be done. And it would be really easy to make an ellipse (or circle or square or rhombus) with an address and street on it. Then you could have the shape and numbers cut out. I would add some 3/8 holes cut in it too so you could bolt it to the wall. It might be cool to add some sort of spacers so the numbers sit off from the wall by about 1/2.

To get this done, look up steel fabricator in the yellow pages, send (email) a couple of them the CAD file (.dwg) and ask for a bid in either 3/16 steel (which you could then get powder-coated for about $30) or 3/16 stainless steel (you could go with anything from 1/8 to 3/8 -- the thicker it is, the more you pay). If they make you buy a 4x10 sheet, it will be expensive, but if they will sell you a small piece of scrap, it should cost about $50 (maybe as little as $20)(a bit cheaper if you just get the numbers cut out and use them since you won't also be paying for the cutting of the shape).

Finally, you want to make sure you find someone with a plasma cutter, laser cutter, or water jet. I have heard that a water jet will get you the best edge, but that was from a guy who used one.

Oh, and we got the Neutra letters from houseindustries. I am pretty sure DWR gets their numbers from them.

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Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at March 14. 2005

I would check with your local post office on a post mounted box before you spend a bunch of money on one. You never know what they have requirements for and it would suck for them to make you take it down to get your mail.

[url href=http://amos.shop.com/amos/cc/pcd/7488301/prd/10835769/ccsyn/260]This one[/url] is ok - not too different from a standard post mount. Just slightly funkier.

And here's [url href=http://www.frigodesign.com/mailboxes.html]these[/url] from frigo design, but i am not crazy about them.

:: christy ::

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Posted by Nicole Francus at March 20. 2005

http://www.chiasso.com/online%2Dcatalog/
These are pretty neat -- I like the locking one.
Nicole

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Posted by Dace Krasts at April 08. 2005

This site has some cool numbers, knobs/pulls, doorbells, etc.:
http://www.atlashomewares.com/housenumbers1.html
Unfortunately, the number style we chose wasn't visible enough.
We're considering the spore or chiasso numbers but they might be too big for the space on our mid-century modern remodel, not to mention $$$. We're waiting until the new front door ( hardware)goes on and then we'll decide.

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Posted by Scott Cullen at April 11. 2005

Just installed the House Art numbers from [url href=http://www.mailboxworks.com/houseArtnumbers_BLK.html]Mailboxworks[/url]. They orginally sent one black and one dark bronze, but they quickly responded to my e-mail with a phone call and sent the other black number immediately. They are the perfect size for our house, and since they are slightly raised and face south, interesting shadows are created throughout the day.

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Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at April 11. 2005

Be sure to post pics if you have them. I always love seeing how things turn out after discussing them.

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Posted by Kale at April 21. 2005

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Here is my mailbox. It is brushed stainless steel.


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Posted by Debra Booth at April 21. 2005

Nice mailbox--where did you get this?

Debra

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Posted by Kale at April 21. 2005

Debra,
I had it made by Colony Metalsmith in white Marsh, VA. Had it made extra large for magazines etc.

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Posted by Nicola M Heller at May 18. 2005

For house numbers, try HouseArt Home Accents at www.myknobs.com or Artists House Numbers at www.mahvelousmailboxes.com or www.atlashomewares.com

I'm looking for transitional/modern style outdoor wall mounted lights to next to my front door - any good links? I've searched the web endlessly and have yet to see something that really appeals.

Thanks!

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Posted by Sara R. Sage at May 31. 2005

I finally ended my search for a resonably priced post-mount[url href=http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetailproductId=50922-1518-MB-801Nlpage=none]mailbox[/url] and I found it at Lowe's. I just wanted to share.

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Posted by Ami McElroy at June 02. 2005

Sara,

Thanks for posting about this mailbox at Lowe's. For $60, this is a great choice at a really nice style. At this point in the game, we didn't want to drop $300 on a Veeder's mailbox, but we also needed a post-mount box out here in rural-land. This is the perfect answer.

Ami

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Posted by Sara R. Sage at June 02. 2005

Ami,

I know what you mean about the $300 mailboxes. I really wanted this [url href=http://www.mahvelousmailboxes.com/wall_mount_mailboxes/bobbi.htm]mailbox[/url] but purchasing it with the post would put me at $550. It can getting a little crazy buying things for new construction and sometimes you just have to be cheap!

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Posted by A.S. Patterson at June 03. 2005

I wonder if those Bobbi boxes are USPS approved? The Lowe's one is nice and simple. I found one from Steel City for 70 bucks made of diamond plate steel that I think will look good with a steel plate curbside mount I designed. Kind of an industrial look.

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Posted by Sean Portnoy at June 03. 2005

this still isn't cheap, but it's a little cheaper than the bobbi. i'd just be afraid to post it in by the curb to serve as a target for teenage drive-by batting practice.

[url href=http://chiasso.com/productshowdetails.asp?Designer=0PriceRange=0Keyword=Keywords=Department=AccessoriesCategory=miscInterests=Occasion=lstManufacturers=0BrowseID=AgeRange=search=0specialorder=1Vendor_Name=outlet_center=ReturnPage=1StartPage=1redirectTarget=saleItemsOnly=NewItemsOnly=showall=#]New mailbox at Chiasso[/url]

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Posted by Mauro Sanchez at June 10. 2005

You can always try: :[url href=http://www.mailboxguy.com/~mailbox/cgi-bin/cart.cgi/search.html]The Mailbox Guy[/url] :grin:

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Posted by spam@yahoo.com at June 14. 2005

Here is one I designed and built, I had to marry a craftsman bungalow as modern as I could get away with.

Solid brass P.O. box front from auction
Hard maple
Recycled stainless steel rods from a ceiling fan

Its all open, on a covered entry porch.

[url href=http://www.livemodern.com/Members/moddesign/Mailbox/fsimage_view]http://www.livemodern.com/Members/moddesign/Mailbox/fsimage_view[/url]

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Posted by Steve Schafer at June 14. 2005

You must not have much wind in your neck of the woods. :huh:

-Steve

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Posted by spam@yahoo.com at June 14. 2005

I had a river rock in there for a while but used it less frequently than I dropped it on the porch so its new home is in the bushes not far away.

No blow outs since for 2 years.

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Posted by Steve Schafer at June 14. 2005

Well, sure, none that you know of. That's because your mail is halfway across town by the time you get home. :grin:

-Steve

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Posted by A.S. Patterson at June 26. 2005

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My DIY mailbox post. Until I find a box I want I'm using one I bought at a thrift store for 2 bucks.


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Posted by psmodern at July 24. 2005

I found that $300 Brabantia mailbox from Chiasso for less than $200 at several other sites, just by googling on 'Brabantia mailbox'.

The site www.1ofakindbuys.com has several different Brabantia mailbox in stainless steel from $50-$200.

Has anyone actually installed one of these? Are they any good?

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