Hi! We’re Rick and Brandy McLain. We founded MODERN HOUSE NUMBERS in 2008 during the renovation of our 1950’s-era home in Tucson, AZ. We wanted our renovation to reflect our passion for modern design down to the very last detail. We hoped to finish off the project with the installation of high quality, modern house numbers but quickly realized that they were unaffordable. Out of necessity, we decided to use our design expertise to explore making our own house numbers. Through trial and error we succeeded in creating our own custom numbers and proudly installed them. Then, to pull everything together, we decided to make a set of matching vinyl numbers for our mailbox, and a custom curb stencil using the same typeface.
After installation, we suddenly received a steady stream of curious inquiries about the source of the stylish numbers. To the surprise of many, we explained that we had designed them ourselves and offered to make numbers for their homes. Needless to say, a few numbers here and a few stencils there suddenly turned into a thriving production for modern dwellers across the country and around the world. Our goal is to create a sustainable, well crafted product at a reasonable price. We’re proud that each number is still crafted by us (and our great team) in Tucson.
We hope you enjoy your Modern House Numbers as much as we enjoy making them!Sincerely,
Rick + Brandy
Rick is a licensed architect at repp mclain design & construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy & Jack and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck.
Brandy is an urban planner and site designer with experience at private & non-profit organizations and has been responsible for land development and regional visioning projects. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona. Brandy is passionate about community involvement, anything handmade and holds fond memories of learning to sew at age five.
No one knows numbers better than Jack. Helping out mom after school, he loves making forts out of boxes. If you find colored packing paper in your box, you'll know it's one of his masterpieces.
Avery is the newest edition to the modern house numbers team. The skills she lacks in waterjet cutting and packing up orders she makes up for with constant smiles and laughter.