Friday, November 14, 2008

Name that house

Driving home from work I often zone out thinking about the house in my head. You know the one you would have from all those tear sheets you keep. My house is going to have a name. My husband thinks thats pretenious. My mother's childhood home had a name-it looks great on stationery and even if people don't know your name they know the house name. I haven't come up with anything, but maybe the folks at the Chatham Sign Shop will have some ideas when the time comes. Dark green would do nicely. But the name won't be Whispering Pines (my daughter's suggestion, just sounds like a run down motel in the middle of no where.

6 comments:

The Cape House said...

I agree. If done right, a name adds so much character to a home. I think the key is to find a historical precedent for that house or area, so that the name has a bit of relevance and a story. There are some houses on the Cape, however, that were recently named without much creativity and do come off as quite pretentious.

The Cape House said...

ps: I agree about the stationary. Also, my cousins had the name of their house stitched onto their beach totes. It's cute and also helps with organizing joint trips.

Capegirl said...

I remember seeing one house in Eastham which I believe was Finally Home. At first I thought that's great, but then I started to think as though you are in the graveyard! I loved Jackie Kennedy's Red Gate Farm.

Since your family has horses on the Cape, do you know what zoning is required? My ideal situation-Cape House and home on the western Mass/NY Border.

Pink Maple said...

Try doing a title search to check out previous owners of your home. You might be inspired by their names and come up with a house name that has a little historical meaning :)

Capegirl said...

Thank you Pink Maple Design-great idea. I am married to a creative type-landscape architect.

house-signs.co.uk said...

A House name is far nicer than just an impersonal house number and can even add value to your home. House names are only pretentious when they attempt to infer a property is grander than is really is.