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. of A. (as opposed to Great Britain) 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. Although not explicitly stated on their Website, I believe that the decals are made in Washington D.C. The company claims to use green practices in their office and workshop. What I am saying is that although the word “vinyl” reeks of plastic, these house numbers are probably a pretty sustainable product.
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