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Fence Designs Reveal Your Personality

Good fences make good neighbors. They also make beautiful garden backdrops, welcoming entryways, excellent privacy screens, and distinct boundaries. Fences contribute to curb appeal and help preserve the value of your property. Each fence, however, can be as unique as its owner. Which fence style are you?

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Easy Rider

So you have wanderlust, and your favorite song is “Don’t Fence Me In.” That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little homestead of your own, complete with an engaging border. If the neighbors object to your choice of materials, you might have to check with your HOA about rules governing fencing.


Credit: Photo courtesy of Justin Sailor

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  • With curvy tops of latticework, these 6-foot-wide modular fence panels wave “hello” every time you see them. Made of weather-resistant, pressure-treated wood, unfinished panels will last for years and will slowly turn a mellow gray color. Cost: $50 to $150 per panel.


    Credit: Copyright, KDM International Ltd. – England

  • If your fence design seems a bit dull, maybe you need to go back to the drawing board and sketch in a little fun. A chalkboard and a platform deck makes this fence a portal to imaginative playtime. Rain won’t hurt the board, but keep chalk in a waterproof container. Expect to pay $400 for a 42-by-60-inch chalkboard made for exterior use.


    Credit: Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

  • So you have wanderlust, and your favorite song is “Don’t Fence Me In.” That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little homestead of your own, complete with an engaging border. If the neighbors object to your choice of materials, you might have to check with your HOA about rules governing fencing.


    Credit: Photo courtesy of Justin Sailor

  • Fences are a great way to define your pets’ territory, and to keep them from wandering. But solid fences restrict an animal’s natural curiosity. This PetPeek porthole gives Bowser lots of exciting things to see, but keeps unwanted pests, such as deer, out of your yard when B’s not on patrol.


    Credit: Pet Peek The Window For Your Fence

  • If you like color and fashionable design, you might want to pencil in a fence that reflects your artistic side. Make your own lower-cost version of this fence with pressure-treated poles — available at home improvement centers and ranch supply stores for about $1 per foot. You’ll need to repaint every 3 to 4 years.


    Credit: Michael Summers/Flickr

  • Show off your green quotient with a living fence made of trees or shrubs. Fast-growing hedge-like plants include Leyland cypress, American holly, English laurel, and Wichita blue juniper. Your local state extension service can recommend plants that are particularly well-suited to your region.


    Credit: bettershelter

  • Wood, metal, and vinyl are all fine fencing options, but why settle for the ordinary? A fence made of frosted glass panels says you aren’t afraid to be different. You’ll want to be sure you’re not above the law, though. Check your local building codes and your HOA for restrictions on fence height and materials.


    Credit: Tim Cuppett Architects

  • As the upfront ambassador of your house and property, your fence has a lot to say about your personality, and even your personal interests. Salvaged materials, such as these timeworn surfboards, might save on costs.


    Credit: Maui Surfboard Fence

  • Woven willow fences characterize the landscapes of the British Isles, where natural materials are still widely used as garden fences, gates, and swimming pool enclosures, even in the most sophisticated settings.


    Credit: Bookchen.

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