Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

We met with our developer this week, and although there isn’t much news to report, she is confident that we are going to build this house sooner than later, so she’s assigned several tasks to keep us motivated.

Part of our homework from our developer this week was to take a serious look at fencing.  We’ll need a good fence for privacy and because of our dogs.  Wood is the obvious choice (although metal or glass-paneled fences are very cool), but there are lots of other choices to make.  We’ll need to settle on a basic height for the fence, the type of wood, and the positioning of the wooden slats.  This is how we’d like our fenceline to look (the brown dotted line is the fence):

Because our previous home was completely secluded from neighbors and because the new place is situated on a moderately busy street on a corner lot, I’d like a tall fence, probably six feet.  To save money, we could consider only four feet on the side of the lot that the studio container will run, as that structure provides plenty of privacy.  As another cost savings measure, we’ve also considered keeping the chain length fence that runs along the back of the property as our fence for now, but we’d have to plant bamboo, oleander, or something as a quick-growing screen to hide the ugly yard behind ours.

Red Cedar is gorgeous, as are exotic woods, but our budget may only allow for pressure treated lumber.  If we want, we can stain this to match it more closely with the house.  Generally pressure treated lumber is 25-50% cheaper than cedar per square foot of fencing.

The fun part of the fence is deciding how to place the slats.  The most affordable, basic fences are dog-eared vertical slats, and they work just fine.

image from Fence Workshop

However, to get a little unique, I’d like to go with horizontal slats.  There are even some decisions to be made here.  Do we want small, large, or a gradation or combination of slats?  And what about the distance between the slats?  That’s where the privacy comes in, so something like the first picture below is probably a little too exposed for me:

image from Houzz

image from Tom Tarrant

both images from Pinterest

image from Austin Texas Fence

Ooh, or what about a basket weave pattern?  The one below is unique and comparable in price to a basic horizontal fence, but I wonder if there are issues with warping?

image from Fence Workshop

Ultimately the fence decision, along with everything else, will depend on our budget.

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