When it comes to updating front your garden, quite often a painstaking amount of time can be spent on planning the new design.
Much thought goes into the garden landscaping; researching plants, trees, flower beds and the like. Then there’s paving and fencing to consider, or a new garage door and possibly the façade of the house and how to give it a bit of a face-lift.
The list can become as long as your arm. With so many elements to consider (all of which hold great importance), it’s no wonder certain other key essentials tend to get missed or end up falling by the wayside. However, it’s these other little additions that can really impact on a front yard and if neglected, could bring down the overall aesthetic. The front garden will act to create the initial first impression people have of your home so it’s worth covering all bases.
So what are these other key essentials? The good news is they aren’t going to break what might already be an over-stretched budget! Two of the most neglected garden additions are the humble Letter Box and its counterpart the House Number.
Often, the very first thing visitors notice about a property is the number on the letterbox. Attractive and well-designed numbering can provide visitors with a great first impression, and are also helpful to those trying to locate your property.
We believe a letterbox should be just as stylish and well-designed as the home it’s attached to. However, all too often the letterbox is the last item on the list and looks like an afterthought for many home renovations. It's important to choose one that suits your home and garden style. Look at the different materials and options available and consider the features and functionality.
Materials and Finishes
There is a range of materials that letterboxes can be made from, be that colourbond, mild, or stainless steel, formed concrete, stone, or hardwood. Make sure that your letterbox is water proof and is able to stand the test of time against your climate.
Features and Functionality
The idea of a letter box seems pretty straight forward, but there are actually a range of options available. It is important to first make a list of what features and functions you want your letterbox to have. A few important features to consider are:
Do you live in the city and require your letter box to be locked, or do you live down a country lane where it is less important?
Do you want your letter box to incorporate itself into your existing fence, or would you prefer a standalone letter box that doesn’t require any installation?
Do you get your newspaper delivered daily or do you only ever receive letters in the mail? If you get your newspaper delivered you may need to consider getting a newspaper hole or if you only receive letters perhaps a single slit is sufficient space for you.
Parcels and Packages – With the Christmas season upon us it's also time to send and receive. With the increase in online shopping we’re that all doing, it’s important to consider parcel delivery when buying a new letterbox. Try to keep in mind the size of parcels you might be receiving and how your post person might be able to deliver them. When thinking about parcel delivery it’s also important to consider security, it can be tricky to find a balance between ease of delivery and adequate security, but if online shopping is your thing it’s a vital review point.
Don’t forget to consider how easily accessible your letterbox is to your post person. Make sure your letterbox is in an obvious position, and allows for quick and easy delivery.
We've put the spotlight on a selection of striking and functional letterboxes and number designs guaranteed to help your home stand out on your street.
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