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?
Traditional with a Twist
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.
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityYoung at Heart
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.
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.
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.
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityThe Artistic Type
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.
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.
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityPrivacy with Panache
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.
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityDarn Good Sport
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.
Image: Maui Surfboard Fence
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityRustic but Refined
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.
Fence Designs Reveal Your PersonalityNon-Conforming Traditionalist
Got your head in the clouds but your feet on the ground? You might like pairing a simple round-top, cottage-style entry gate with an unusual picket design. Here, each 2-inch-by-2-inch cedar picket is a different length and installed in no particular pattern, creating a fence line that dances. A quality exterior stain will protect this fence for years.