Modern House Numbers: An Interview with SD Voyager Magazine

Brandy and Rick McLain, owners of Modern House Numbers, are interviewed in a recent article in SD Voyager Magazine where they share the origin story of their family-run business, their mission to provide stylish and handcrafted products for customers everywhere, and how they've persevered in a changing marketplace over the last 15 years. 

Rick and Brandy McLain, Owners and Founders of Modern House Numbers in Tucson AZ

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The idea for Modern House Numbers sprouted from a challenge that Rick and Brandy came across during the renovation of their ranch-style home in 2007. While putting the final touches on the exterior and landscaping, they knew they wanted a set of stylish house numbers to be the finishing touch. When they could not find any they liked, they decided to use their expertise in architecture and construction and make their own. When neighbors, friends and even strangers began knocking on their door to ask where they got their numbers, they knew they were on to something. They jumped at the chance to become entrepreneurs so they could help people add modern curb appeal to their homes too. 

Large metal address numbers installed on a fence, sourced from Modern House Numbers

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As the business grew, Rick and Brandy welcomed challenges and worked through them together with their team. Being a small business owner is exciting, but no two days are the same. Recently, the toughest period in the company's history was during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a manufacturing company, it was not possible to pivot to remote work.  Brandy and Rick had to determine way to maintain the safety of their staff and vendors, while still caring for their customers and fulfilling orders on time. Brandy and Rick have weathered many storms, small and large, and are delighted to say that everything in their catalog is still made by them and their team in Tucson. They just celebrated their 15th year in business.

Brandy and Rick McLain provide handcrafted addressing products, Modern House Numbers

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Modern House Numbers is an online retailer, which allows Brandy and Rick to connect with customers and clients all around the world, including San Diego, California. They are the trusted source for numbers, letters, house number signs, and plaques due to their well designed and handcrafted products.  They will never outsource overseas, or have an enormous warehouse full of inventory. The entire team at Modern House Numbers shares the belief that through every number, letter and sign they make, they are also making a connection with a person, family, or company on the other end of the line. Caring for these relationships and providing the best possible products is at the heart of their mission, and the secret of their success.

Stylish address numbers on a traditional home, from Modern House Numbers

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Read the online article for more on Modern House Numbers, their collection, and for Rick and Brandy's top picks for things to do and see in San Diego. 

Since 2008, Modern House Numbers has maintained the mission of providing beautiful addressing products made with durable materials that are straightforward to install. They provide addressing products for homeowners, builders, architects, HOAs, neighborhoods, condominiums, boutique hotels and more. From one number to one hundred, Modern House Numbers would love to help make your project shine.


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brandy mclain, author

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. Learn more about Brandy on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Brandy on LinkedIn, at ShoutOut SoCal, or at the San Diego Voyager.