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DIY: Modernist House Numbers


DIY: Modernist House Numbers

July 18, 2016

Inspired by architect Richard Neutra’s classic designs in the 1930s, Chris Gardner of Curbly made a set of low-cost modernist house numbers using plywood.

“You can still get house numbers based on Neurtra’s specifications, through a collaboration with his son Dion,” says Gardner, editor in chief of the DIY site. “They’re absolutely beautiful, precisely crafted in aluminum, and, if you can afford them, a lasting addition to your home. But for my four digit address, they’re out of budget.”

Gardner’s version cost him less $19 for a set of four. Read on to see both the DIY project and the Neutraface house numbers that inspired him:

Photography courtesy of Curbly.


Above: Gardner used a jigsaw to cut numbers from exterior-grade plywood; he painted them and used nuts and bolts to attach the set to the facade of his house. For a full list of supplies and step-by-step DIY instructions, see Curbly.


Above: You can download a free template for the 4-inch-high numbers.

The Inspiration


Above: Made of aluminum, 4-inch Neutra Modern House Numbers are on sale for $18.90 apiece (marked down from $27) at DWR.

Not the DIY type? We’ve rounded up our favorite house numbers to buy at 10 Easy Pieces: Modernist Metal House Numbers and 10 Easy Pieces: Tile House Numbers.

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