Building Fences an gates.

Step by step instructions building fences and gates.

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Building Fences and Gates

 

 A new fence is more than just an additional structure in your landscape. It not only alters your yard it can have a major impact on both you and your neighbors. A garden fence, for example will forever change the way you travel through your landscape. Front yard picket fences will  somehow make your home look different, even though the fence is 50 feet away. And a privacy fence or a boundary line marker can quickly become an issue because, like all issues it has two sides. You may like the side you see, the neighbors may not like theirs.

For better or worse, once you’ve build them, fences make contributions you have to live with for a long time, that means their design, materials, and construction should reflect careful planning.

Good planning and perhaps a little advance public relations in the neighborhood will take care of these potential problems. What’s most important is that you base all your fencing decisions on the answer to one question. What do I want the fence to do?  

 

 

 

Boundary fences

Front yard fences

 

Front yard fences typically have more than one function. While they must define the edges of a property, they often have to do so in a way that seems inviting. They have to make a design statement that says, this is ours come in. They usually don’t have to provide much security or privacy just a measure of containment for children and pets. What’s more they have to do all that with style that complements the house and neighborhood.

A front yard fence is usually 3 to 4 feet tall shorter than a backyard fence. A front yard fence taller than that can look out of place in the neighborhood. Where security, privacy or containment is not high on your priority list consider a rail fence. Even hand hewn rustic rails go well with most architectural designs. If you need containment and a little more security, picket fences and chain link fences are good choices. So are ornamental metal fences. They keep children and animals from running out of the yard.

 

 

 

 

Backyard fences

 

Backyard fences have a different purpose or a different combination of purposes. They need to mark lot lines, but because most outdoor activities now take place in backyard, they also need to provide security and privacy. Those functions call for taller fences than front yard fences-6 feet is common and generally closed surfaces. That’s why you’ll find any number of board fence style in backyards. Paling, stake, and siding fences also make good choices and bring a nontraditional element into the landscape design. Combine any of these materials with lattice or louvered panels on top or in alternating bays and you’ll open up design without sacrificing much privacy.

Backyard fences offer a little more freedom in planning their design because you won’t need to be as concerned with neighborhood styles as in a front yard fence.

Lot lines aren’t the only kind of boundary to define. Within the interior of your yard, you’ll want to separate spaces from each other. For example, a patio that spills out into a wide expanse of yard may feel too open for intimate dining. A fence even a low one can help contain the space and establish the right mood for areas devoted to entertainment. Fences can keep utility areas from encroaching on recreation zones. They can hide storage areas or waste containers. They help isolate relaxation retreats and separate entertainment areas from garden plots.

Many interior fences are low fences. A one rail fence no higher than 18 inches may be all you need to define the edge of your planting beds. Tall screens which are often built with open infill, lattice for example, can screen out garbage cans or put an unsightly storage shed out of sight. Open patterns will hide what’s behind them without completely interrupting the rhythm of the overall landscape. Besides, they are a natural haven for climbing vines. Property line fences are usually the longest in a yard, and that means they can have a major visual impact on the landscape. The variety of materials as well as their sizes and shapes, creates unique visual rhythms and proportions all the more so over the expanse of a boundary fence. For helps define the rhythm of a fence design. For example on a short run, large posts and rails look strong and sturdy. Spread down a long lot line, however they can look massive and overbearing. But you can soften them and add visual interest with small details like decorative trim. Post spacing though dictated primarily by structural requirements helps define the rhythm of a fence design. Short spacing moves the viewer’s eye down the fence line. Wide spacing will slow down the rhythm.

 

 Security fences

 

Security comes in different forms with different meaning. Applied to fencing it can mean keeping things out or keeping them in or both, because a fence can’t really do one without the other. Both your construction methods and tour choices will hinge on what you want it to do.

 

 

 

 

         Security fences keeping things in.

 

You have many choices of materials if your primary goal is keeping toddlers in the yard. Your should look for fencing thats high enough at least 4 feet and open so you can always keep an eye on them from any angle. Picket fences are good for front yards so are ornamental fences with closely spaced infill, but check building codes first-codes always regulate fence and railing spacing. Chain link will work anywhere but not necessarily with older children, it makes great toeholds for climbing. Chain link and wire mesh are also effective for containing smaller pets, they can’t gnaw or scratch it.

 

         Security fences keeping things out.

 

Keeping intruders out of your property requires different methods and materials. This type of security fence needs to be tall, sturdy, and hard to climb. High solid board fences are one suitable style. They also possess a build in psychological deterrent, they prove effective, in part because intruders can’t see what’s on the other side. Solid security fences are also comes with an unintended consequence. Just as intruders can’t see in, they can’t be seen from the outside if they do get in. You may want to consider a wrought iron fence or tubular steel security fence with narrow infill spacing.

 

     Fencing for privacy

Creating privacy means blocking views and there are many fences ideally suited for this job. The most common error made when planning a privacy fence is making too much of it. Privacy is best planned strategically, a little bit at a time. To create strategic privacy in a fence that runs the length of your lot line, build tall sections where you want privacy and short sections where you want to preserve the view. The changing heights of the fence design also makes the fence more appealing.

Building Fences

Fences are not made just with lumber a good fence will contain good measurements, straight cuts, and good joints. All these characteristics will not only make your fence look like it was put together by a pro, but also will last longer.

First if you haven’t done so already make a list of all the steps involved in building the fence. Include the obvious tasks such as, lay out the fence, dig postholes and set concrete. But don’t forget the soft tasks that are equally important.

 Your list for building your fence should include items such as;

Get building permit and schedule inspections.

Modify plan for codes.

Organize materials and set up workstations.

Get help.

Then set up workstations and keep clamps handy so boards won’t move around when you’re cutting. If you have miter saw cuts to make, mount the saw on the work surface. Get a drill holder it will save you a lot of time. Get all your tools together now you are ready to go to work.

 

                          What kind of fence do you want to build.

 

     Vertical board fences     Board on board fence     Horizontal rail fences     Basket weave fences

 

        Louvered fences     Post and rail fences     Picket fences     Siding fences     Lattice fences

 

    Prefabricated   panel fence     Ornamental metal fences     Chain link fence     Designing a gate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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