House plaque – naming your sign

Classic house plaque names

Over the last 20 years we have sold a lot of different house plaques through our website, and also at various garden shows and flower exhibitions around the country. There have been many weird and wonderful house names amongst them, as well as the old classics like Primrose Cottage, Rose Cottage, Wisteria House, Lavender Cottage…. the list goes on, with all of these classic names we have many raised designs in our range, to complement the name on your house plaque.

Lavender Cottage sign

Lavender cottage house plaque

Wisteria house

Raised painted wisteria design – wisteria house

Lovely Cottage house plaque

The most recent show that we exhibited at was the Harrogate flower show in April this year. Hundreds of lovely customers made orders at the stand, but one in particular had a wonderful tale to tell about how his cottage had been named.

House plaque display stand

Show display stand at Harrogate flowers show

After helping a couple on our show stand, to decide which shape of sign to have for their house name, I turned to find a little old man, all dressed for the weather in a warm coat & a wooly hat. It does get cold up north at this time of year. He asked me if we had any horse designs, as he had not seen one yet on our display stand. I immediately showed him a couple of different examples that we had on some of the display plaques. We also keep a gallery of examples in our show books which i also displayed to him. These are pictures of other house signs we had produced for previous customers over the years.

When he saw what we could do his eyes lit up and he proceeded to tell me the name of his house, which was “Lovely Cottage”. It was named after the 1945 or 1946 Grand National winning horse. His Father had placed a substantial bet at the time and the horse had won, and on the back of the winnings he was able to purchase his dream cottage. On hearing this story I said I would be able research the horse details, and when we produced the sign we could ask the artist to hand paint the raised horse design in the exact colours of Lovely Cottage, along with the jockey in the racing silks that he would of worn on the winning day.

Lovely Cottage original picture

Original artists painting of 1946 winner

The Finished house plaque

Lovely Cottage house plaque

Lovely Cottage sign displaying the 1946 Grand National winner

The old gentleman was overjoyed with this and proceeded to order his sign. After researching the details it appears that it was indeed the Grand National winner of 1946, which was the first true Aintree Grand National in 6 years, due to the war and also the last to take place on a Friday, the traditional race day since 1876. Lovely Cottage won the race as a 25/1 shot ridden by jockey Captain Robert Petre.

How our house signs are produced

As this was such an enchanting tale we have taken pictures of the production process, from the initial setting out of the sign to the finished hand painted plaque, where it is clear to be seen the attention to detail that our artist Janet, has taken with this lovely sign for a Lovely cottage.

Setting out the house plaque

Initial layout of the sign using raised letters and Race Horse design on the master plate

Mould for lovely Cottage House sign

The mould produced for the lovely cottage sign to be created from.


casting house plaque moulds

Moulds being cast with polyurethane resin


Easter Special – Free UK delivery for house name signs

Easter Special – Free UK delivery on House name signs

At Village Green Signs we are offering free UK delivery on any of our personalised resin house plaques ordered over the Easter weekend.

Choose from our extensive range which includes some great spring designs for your house signs in our spring special offer.

crocus & snowdrop house sign

Crocus & snowdrop house signs


As with all of our raised designs we offer a number of different size motifs to fit on large or smaller house plaques, depending on the personalised detail that you require on the sign.

crocus & snowdrop house sign

Crocus & snowdrop house signs



Crocus & snowdrops design shown on a 16″ x 12″ Oval with white letters.


Cherry blossom tree house sign

Cherry Blossom Tree design




In our tree designs you will find  a great selection of raised tree motifs to choose as your main central design on the sign, which you can personalise with your house name.


Daffodils design

Daffodils design




Resin house signs

hand painted house sign

Extended January House sign Sale

Free UK Delivery on resin House Signs

Due to the high demand and great feedback from our customers, Village Green Signs is pleased to announce that we are extending our Free UK delivery offer, on all resin house signs. To take advantage of this offer order one of our resin house signs on-line by 1st February 2015.

To see our full range please visit our website .

Post box house sign

Post box house sign design

The designs on our signs are all inter changeable so you can switch them on to a size and shape of plaque that will suite your needs.

Raised letters and design on arch type house sign

Raised design and lettering on arch house plaque

Choosing the right sign for your home

To view our range of signs and house plaques, simply visit our website and have a browse through our 12 different categories of hand painted designs including Animals, Dogs, Cats, Horses, Trees, Flowers and many more. So whether you love Elephants or roses we are sure you will find the perfect fit for your home.

Willow Tree house plaque

Willow tree house plaque

Fir Tree oval sign

Fir Tree and flat painted scene

Above are a few of our tree motifs, but we do have a further 40+ designs on our Tree house sign designs page.

Special Commission house signs

Although we do offer a vast range of designs, we are always asked for special commissions from our customers, and these are also included in the Free UK delivery offer.

Flat painted Spaniel Dog design

Spaniel Dog flat painted

Tornado Jet fighter

Tornado Jet fighter

Classic style house plaques

If you are looking for more of a classic plaque, we can also offer our plain house signs range, in ovals, arches or rectangular shapes. The majority of the sign examples are shown with gold text, but we can paint the letters in either gold, white or silver for no additional charge.


House name signs

Gate strip signs


Arch door number

Arch door number

All of our resin house sign range are completely weatherproof, produced with pre-drilled holes and supplied with non rust screws and raw-plugs for fixing. You will also notice that the signs are cast as one piece using raised letters and text so that nothing is liable to fall, or peel off  in the frost.

Classic Oval name plaque

Classic oval name plate sign

Oval door number sign

Oval door number plaque

We hope to see you taking advantage of our January special offer and look forward to dealing with your house sign requirements so that you can become another of our satisfied customers.

New Year, New Sign, New You !

Happy Shopping


Personalised House Signs

Hand Painted Personalised Signs

Throughout the years we have offered a personalised service for our house signs. This allows our customers to tell us exactly what they require, on their personalised signs.

Special Commissions

We have many examples of our special commissions that we have produced for our customers. After the feedback from a very happy customer, we thought that we would share the sign that our artist created for them. This plaque was painted from a picture, that the customer supplied for their personalised sign, which held special memories for them of a certain cafe that looked out on the Brooklyn bridge.

Personalised signs

special commission

This is just one of many signs that we have produced from a supplied picture, and included the customers address details, along with their chosen image, all produced on a weatherproof resin sign, which has the appearance of traditional cast iron.


Special Commission

Our customers comments after receiving the above sign.
“My husband & I moved to a small village with a beautiful old mill, and we wanted to incorporate this into our house sign, so we sent some photographs along with our sign order. Can we just say how delighted we are with the result, the sign well exceeds our expectation, as the artist has captured every single detail. We would highly recommend Village Green Signs, thank you!”

Pets painted from pictures

A lot of our special commissions are for pets, where customers usually choose a raised motif from our Dog signsCat signs or Horse house signs page on our website, and then ask for us to paint them in their animals colouring. But again we do offer a fully personalised service, where a special commission can be produced from a picture, as shown with this lovely Tibetan terrier below.

personalised signs - hand painted Dog signs

Tibetan Terrier hand painted from a customers picture.

Cost of personalised signs

To receive a personalised signs quote for any of our house plaques, simply email us an image of what you would like on your house sign, and we will advise you on the sizes and shapes  that we can provide, along with your personalised sign quote. All our standard sizes & prices can be seen on our website, these will include any chosen design and your address details.