Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Show me your fences!

If I am be so bold to ask...Where did you get your fences? Did you buy them? Online or in a store? Build them? (And how much did it cost you, if you are willing to share...)
Right now we have an ugly chain-link fence that is waaaaaaaay past its prime. We are going to be having a lot of company for the wedding in August, and it would be nice if we could do a fence upgrade by then. But we weren't exactly budgeting for that now...
Our house is on a corner lot, and we have some fence "restrictions," in the front yard's corner, given the line of sight traffic needs to be able to see any cars coming. The front fence is limited to 3 ft high, and the side yard fence is limited to 3 ft. high for the first 6 ft. onto the side street, and then it's limited to 6 ft. high after that. It's a little complicated, but the nice city-fence-permit man sent us a great diagram.
So, anyone have suggestions for fences that:
1) Go with our house style
2) Is see-through enough for traffic sight-line on the corner
3) Can be adapted to be different heights and not look wierd from the front to the side yard?
4) Is fairly affordable (yeah, what does that mean?!) and perhaps maintenance-free
We've decided we don't want a privacy fence all along the side yard, even after we aren't restricted for height. It would block too much light for the garden I want on that side, and it might give any unsavory activity on our corner a little too much privacy on the street-side.

We like the fence on the cover of TOH's current issue:

And I found these pics that I like, but not a lot of other details.
Hmmmm.... what do you think?

9 comments:

Georgetown House said...

Check within your library system (not just local library) to see if they carry any books on fence design and building. Unfortuntely I don't have the names now, but when we were planning fencing, I got a couple of books from the library that really gave us some excellent ideas and clear instructions. For various reasons ($$, me sick, granddaughter born 2.5 months early just before closing) we ended up slapping up a stock privacy fence, since fencing was a top priority for us because of our dogs, but down the road I hope to build our own fence out of nicer more durable materials and with a much nicer design.

Good luck with this design project - I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

S & T said...

We have a similar issue with our fence. However, instead of city ordinances, we have to contend with 551 feet of frontage :-/ $$ big bucks

I was going to ask you guys about your previous post (but there wasn't an option for comments on that post) "Tin-Ceiling look-alike contest". Could you take some more pics that are a bit bigger so I can show my wife to see if she will let us go with the tin-ceiling look alike =)

Thanks!
perog.

S & T said...

We have a similar issue with our fence. However, instead of city ordinances, we have to contend with 551 feet of frontage :-/ $$ big bucks

I was going to ask you guys about your previous post (but there wasn't an option for comments on that post) "Tin-Ceiling look-alike contest". Could you take some more pics that are a bit bigger so I can show my wife to see if she will let us go with the tin-ceiling look alike =)

Thanks!
perogi.

p.s. I don't know if it deleted my last post to you.

cupboardqueen said...

I have also been putting off a fence installation for 2 years because I haven't been able to find the right combination of looks, security, containment of my dogs, cost, and address the same issue you have with visibility on a corner lot. I think I have finally found what I've been looking for in the Patriot ornamental fence by Jerith. it won a best new product of the year award a couple years back. Manufacturer says the product "combines the best features of welded wire mesh with the beauty of ornamental fence to create a unique, affordable, maintenance-free fence. The time-honored styling of classic wought iron, the outstanding strength of galvanized welded wire." Several online companies carry it, so shop for the best price, but here is one link with pictures:
http://fencedirect.com/PatriotFence/Patriot.htm

Nadja and Sean said...

Thanks for the suggestions! That's a great website for estimates, cupboardqueen! Much appreciated.

ben said...

We designed and built our fence by ourselves using cedar wood and an opaque stain. The design is the opposite of the ballister for the stairs inside. The ballisters are grouped by threes (like piano keys). So by using two different width boards I could recreate the the pattern in the spaces of the fence. That was a pre-blog project but you can see the results in my recent lawn pictures @ http://prairierosehouse.blogspot.com/search/label/lawn

Another neat feature was the construction method. All the screws were installed from the outside so that inside the fence, you'll not see a single screwhead. So just look around your own house for features that make it unique and repeat those in the fence.

Jason Mitchell said...

A couple of the pics (the white fences) were synthetic models that you can order from Lowes, Home Depot, etc, and install yourself. They are expensive, but what isn't. Then again, they are maintenance free after you put them in.

Aside from that, you can design, and build one yourself with wood from a lumber yard. Maybe you could get an iron one from a salvage place but depending on the place, that could be expensive too.

uNme2ski said...

I saw your posts and thought you might have interest in the following site:
www.aluminumfencesdirect.net
Here, you can buy it direct from a wholesale company to save money and either install it yourself or ask a fence contractor to install it for you. The hardest part is the layout and then digging the post holes as the fence panels are already assembled. I hope this helps!

Noah said...

we got ours at www.GlobalFenceAndGate.com

It was DIY so we had to get an installer but saved some $$, cant complain about that!