There's a building around the corner from me that I always notice, because they've got these sexy little floating numbers on the front of it. They're a bit more work to install than hanging a placard, but they sure look a damn sight better.
Although 185 there is the only guy in the neighborhood rocking these, I started poking around and found that floating house numbers are more common than I thought. Both Home Depot and Amazon sells this Hillman Group variant pretty inexpensively at six bucks per digit.
On the more expensive (and garish) side, Luxello LED sells a back-lit variant that's aluminum up front, acrylic in the back, for $57 per digit. And I imagine these are a pain in the ass as you've got to wire each numeral separately.
Chris over at Curbly did something pretty cool: He made his own using Extira, a waterproof MDF, and painted them up to look like metal. "Minus drying times," Chris writes, "the whole project took me about 1 1/2 hours and cost around $19. Can't beat that."
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