10 Things to Know Before You Build a Fence
Before you install a fence, ask yourself what your reason is for installing it.
If it's strictly utilitarian,keeping the dog in the yard, you can probably get by with a basic chain-link fence.Whatever its purpose, a fence can function in many ways, but the first step is deciding what you're looking for to choose one that works for you.
Choose Your Materials
A white picket fence is quintessential, but before you buy wood posts and whitewash, think about the commitment you're making. Wood fences may require occasional staining or sealing and can warp and rot over time.
Mix It Up
If cost is an issue, mix different types of fences. Wood picket fencing could be placed at the front of the home, for example, connecting to chain link fencing in the back.
Do Your Research
Inquire with homeowners or neighborhood associations and municipal building code officials regarding covenants that dictate fencing look, height, and material.
Fence installation is harder than it looks. If you decide to hire a pro, ask to see examples of fences they have installed. This may even generate ideas for your own fence.
For safety and convenience, plan at least two paths into a fenced area. Ensure that one of these is large enough to accommodate bulky outdoor equipment. Stepping stones and pergolas can help indicate the locations of gates, as can finials or other decorative elements.
Dress It Up
Once your fence is in place, customize it with decorative posts or finials. Depending on your home's style, you may want to paint the fence a contemporary color. Consider planting a row of flowers in front of it for a truly welcoming facade.