Gar­den fence ideas to trans­form your home

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Whether it’s for pri­vacy, se­cu­rity or as a dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture, a well-de­signed fence can of­fer the per­fect gar­den en­hance­ment.

Fences are no longer used to only se­cure space or mark bound­aries. These days, they have the power to make or break kerb ap­peal. Fences can add style and charm to any home. How­ever, to truly com­ple­ment your prop­erty’s ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, it’s crit­i­cal to con­sider your fence’s pur­pose, style and ma­te­rial choice.

From pri­vacy so­lu­tions and high­light­ing land­scape de­signs, the right fenc­ing style can be the fo­cal point of your frontage or back­yard. There’s no one so­lu­tion fits all. The best fence will match your own per­sonal style and its sur­round­ings. Here are a few gar­den fence ideas to in­spire you:

Cre­ate charm with picket fenc­ing

Clas­sic, time­less and el­e­gant, white picket fenc­ing adds in­stant charm to a home. Picket fenc­ing suits most hous­ing styles but are typ­i­cally found in tra­di­tional and her­itage homes. De­signs can be dec­o­ra­tive or con­tem­po­rary, de­pend­ing on the home’s ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures.

To min­imise the an­nual paint jobs and main­te­nance, con­sider steel picket fenc­ing with white pow­der coat­ing (or an­other colour of your choice). This will of­fer a sim­i­lar look, whilst en­sur­ing your in­vest­ment lasts longer with­out the need for con­stant main­te­nance. Mod­ern

Mod­u­lar fenc­ing

If you’re af­ter style on a bud­get, mod­u­lar fenc­ing may be an ideal op­tion. Mod­u­lar fenc­ing com­bines a fi­bre-ce­ment outer skin with a light­weight core, usu­ally made from poly­styrene, which makes an at­trac­tive fenc­ing fea­ture with nois­ere­duc­tion qual­i­ties.

Art dé­cor in­flu­ence

To play on the best char­ac­ter­is­tics of art dé­cor homes, wrought-iron fenc­ing styles pro­vide an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing com­bi­na­tion.

Steel and alu­minium ma­te­ri­als can of­fer a cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to achieve the wrought-iron style, with­out the hefty price tag. Fenc­ing de­signs, such as Sen­tinel or Clas­sique, will add ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail to your home and com­ple­ment the dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments, such as tim­ber floor­ing, ceil­ing moulds and the wood pan­elling of art dé­cor homes beau­ti­fully. Be­cause of the stur­di­ness of the ma­te­ri­als used for this fenc­ing style, they’re also ef­fec­tive for in­creas­ing se­cu­rity. Or­na­men­tal spikes can be added to the top of the fence for an el­e­gant look as well as a bur­glar de­ter­rent.

Her­itage prop­er­ties

Aside from picket fenc­ing, her­itage prop­er­ties also ben­e­fit from alu­minium slat fenc­ing.

The beauty of these fenc­ing de­signs is flex­i­bil­ity. Alu­minium slat fenc­ing al­lows you to mimic the look of hard­wood fences, with­out the up­keep and is­sues that come from tim­ber and other hard­woods, like ter­mites and rot­ting.

They can be de­signed to suit older her­itage homes, re­flect­ing the char­ac­terises of the house and warm ap­peal of hard­wood. Alu­minium, when pow­der-coated, is also tough enough to with­stand harsh con­di­tions and act as a qual­ity se­cu­rity bar­rier be­tween your home and the out­side world.

Slat fenc­ing is pop­u­lar be­cause of its pri­vacy ap­peal too. Whether you choose hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal slats, they pro­vide a smart pri­vacy so­lu­tion as well as en­cour­ag­ing sun­light and air­flow through the fence (with­out pry­ing eyes). Full pan­els can also be in­stalled to al­low more pri­vacy.

In­fill fenc­ing

In­fill fenc­ing al­lows you to cre­ate fenc­ing posts out of brick or ce­ment and fill in the rest of the fence with hard­wood or alu­minium slats.

The ap­peal comes from mix­ing ma­te­ri­als to­gether to cre­ate a unique look. Com­bine tubu­lar and slat in­fill fenc­ing be­tween brick or stone pil­lars for an earthy look or mix steel and brick for some­thing a lit­tle edgier.

This fenc­ing style works par­tic­u­larly well if your home al­ready has a brick wall. Sec­tions can be pulled down to re­place the gaps with mod­ern slats for a con­tem­po­rary yet rus­tic and tough fenc­ing so­lu­tion.

Glass fenc­ing

Us­ing glass for fenc­ing gives homes a sleek, clean look.

Although glass is typ­i­cally used for pool fenc­ing, it’s ben­e­fi­cial in other ar­eas of the gar­den or as a bal­cony fea­ture for un­in­ter­rupted views. Choose from framed or frame­less glass fenc­ing or com­bine with stain­less steel or pow­der coated alu­minium for added de­tail.

If you love the ap­peal of glass but want more pri­vacy, opt for frosted glass pan­els. They make a stylish gar­den fea­ture and pair per­fectly with rough wood frames and boards.

Etched screens

Dec­o­ra­tive pri­vacy screens are laser-cut to etch pat­terns into steel pan­els.

Such fenc­ing styles can be per­son­alised for an in­no­va­tive charm, adding de­tail to any space. Etched de­signs may be min­i­mal for more pri­vacy or open the pan­els up with bolder en­grav­ings.

Green wall gar­den

You don’t have to limit your gar­den­ing to the ground. Green wall gar­dens are in­no­va­tive, at­trac­tive and a ma­jor fea­ture for yards. They also of­fer pri­vacy by screen­ing off views.

Take ad­van­tage of lat­tice fenc­ing to grow climb­ing vines. Fast-grow­ing plants, like clump­ing bam­boo and other screen­ing shrubs also make fan­tas­tic green wall gar­dens and help to breathe more life into out­door liv­ing ar­eas.

To com­plete your gar­den space, trans­form with paving and light­ing to fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ate the zone.

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