ISSUE 44  |  Miss Havisham

A Custom Mailbox with Style to Spare

October 29, 2012 3:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

An attractive and hard-wearing mailbox is weirdly hard to find. We recently spotted this appealing streamlined mailbox with address plaque from Austin-based Steel House Manufacturing.

Steel House Manufacturing focuses on stairwells, railings, and other steel fabrication for residential and commercial projects (like the blackened steel walls in Austin's W Hotel). Lucky for us, this architectural fabrication shop has also been creating smaller scale items:

Above: The MB1 Modern Mailbox with Address Numbers is hand crafted from heavy-gauge steel and features a flip top opening. The face of the mailbox is composed of 1/4-inch-thick steel plate. The box is made from bare steel and will develop a deep brown rust patina over time if left untreated. It's $275, which includes the cutting of up to four numbers in a choice of one of five fonts.

Above: If you already have house numbers you love, consider the MB1 Modern Mailbox with the word "POST" cut in the face; it's $245 through Steel House Manufacturing's Etsy Shop.

Above: Steel House Manufacturing also offers a variety of custom address number plates, including the Offset Modern House Numbers. They're made from 1/4-inch-thick bare steel that will develop a deep brown rust patina over time (the plaques are clean steel when shipped and can be easily painted if desired). Available with two mounting options: 1-inch standoffs, allowing the plaque to be mounted off the wall to create a shadow; or, mounting screws and four countersunk drilling holes to mount the plaque directly onto the wall. It's $125 for up to four numbers in a choice of several fonts.

Above: The Aligned Single Number Address Plaques in bare steel (as shown), which will eventually rust to a rich warm brown. Also available with the two mounting options listed above; $85 for one plaque; $140 for two plaques, or $185 for three plaques.

Looking for more Inspiration? See 10 Easy Pieces: House Numbers, and 10 Easy Pieces: Design-Worthy Mailboxes.

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