Giovanni Isabella. fence design. January 10th , 2018.
Fencing materials come in as many types, styles, and varieties as your imagination can come up with. Stone, brick, and concrete provide optimal protection from intrusion, but require the most labor intensive installations and are often quite expensive. Wood is beautiful and cheap, but requires regular maintenance to maintain its aesthetic quality. Wrought iron fencing sections can be easily installed, and are quite beautiful, but come at a premium. Depending on your needs and budget, you are guaranteed to find a fencing material that is both beautiful and functional.
While the installation of these fencing options may sound basic enough, they can be rather tricky, so ensure you have some understanding of DIY before you begin. The first step is placing one of these items around your home is to choose where to place your first post. This will be in the corner of the property or against the house, depending where you want to start the fencing. It is here where you will have to dig your first post hole. Ensure you have good soil hardness, as it needs to be durable enough to hold the fence in all weather conditions. Dig a deep enough post hole, paying attention to the depth compared to the height of the item. Once you put the first post into place, you will want to ensure it is plumb using a spirit level before you start filling the hole. Compact the soil as you fill, constantly double checking the post is still plumb until the hole is completely filled. The next step is then to use a mason line for the length of the fence to the next post, this will help you ensure you place the pole at the right height and at the right angle. Do the same again until you have completed all the posts needed. Next take the first panel of fencing and slot into place, ensuring it is completely level before screwing it into place.
When selecting amongst a variety of fence designs and materials, your chief concerns will be of form and function. Form, as you know is the stylistic and aesthetic appearance of your fence. Some fencing materials are incredibly beautiful, such as a deep wood grain with a custom stain to create the perfectly complimentary color to your existing landscaping, or an ornate wrought iron fence to portray an image of stately elegance. Consider corrugated tin for a rustic, bohemian look or even pickets to create an air of Southern charm. Function primarily deals with the practical purpose for the fence. Will your fence keep animals in or out? Is it meant to minimize the visual lines into your property, giving you maximum privacy? Will it support vine plants or other elements in your current or future landscaping? These are your functional considerations.
The most common style of privacy fence is the basic, treated pine, privacy fence which is made by simply butting pickets together so that it’s difficult to see between them. This is the style that you see used in most neighborhoods to give homeowners privacy in their backyards. A lot of people have the misconception that once they get one of these fences built that nobody will be able to see through the fence. This is not the case most of the time. Pressure treated wood has a tendency to shrink as it dries out. This means that even if your fence is built with all the boards touching tight together, gaps will eventually form between the pickets in almost all cases.
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