Most jobs include a recommendation for updating and repositioning
certain Exterior Accessories.
Like fashion jewelry, Exterior Accessories are important because
they hold the Viewer’s attention, add interest, flavor the
overall style, and complete the look. Done correctly, they
compliment the existing architecture. Done incorrectly, they
The building’s geometric lines, texture, scale, form, and
lines of the architecture dictate and control the eye of the
Viewer. This is a given. The Exterior Acessories need
to simply highlight, support, and compliment what is already
In the original photo, the house numbers look like a cramped,
forced, afterthought. They are too big for their
location. In addition, they are drawing the Viewer’s
attention toward the edge of the house and the gutter.
In the new
location, the same numbers are moved to align with the natural
geometry of the architecture. This open space accommodates
their large size. Here, they are free to take center stage
and compliment the design, highlighting the highest point in the
roof. (Yes, this is the same house.)
Mailboxes are your welcome committee! Positioned by the
sidewalk or front door,they are the first to greet postal
deliveries, visitors, and storolling neighbors. Their presence is
an initial impression and introduction to the home and the owner.
The goal is congruency. Select a mailbox style and
location that compliments the architecture of the house and
personality of the owner.
A mailbox placed by the curb transitions the house to the
sidewalk. Sidewalks connect one house to another and invite us to
walk along the neighborhood. Sidewalks join us together
socially. Sidewalks help create closer communities. In a way, your
house talks to the whole world through your mailbox, like a
On this particular job, the new home owner was required by the
city to provide a new mailbox at the curb. A simple
mailbox-on-a-post style was selected to match the existing
neighborhood theme. The mailbox was painted to match the
Painted to match the house
Front Door Hardware
Architecture is often designed to direct The Viewer’s
attention toward the entrance of the home. The highlight of
the entrance is the front door. Not only do you experience
opening and walking through the door, but the front door hardware
is something that you physically touch every single day.
If a mailbox is like a greeter, your door hardware is the
What does the look and feel of your front door hardware
“handshake” say about you and your house? Is it
in good working condition? Has the old finish
deteriorated? Do you enjoy using it daily? Would you
paint the outside of your house, including your front door, and
put the old hardware back on? Now is the best time to
consider new hardware.
Does the style relate to the architecture of the home?
The dull, textured, detailed, cold, hard feel of antique twisted
black wrought iron physically feels like an old castle.
warm, soft, smooth, satin finish of gray nickel feels like a
simple, contemporary, modern house.