Fences are a lot more of a complicated topic and decision-making process than you think.
If you’re looking at a home or a property as a whole, you may not assume that fences and gates play as prominent a role as they do, but that’s not the case. You’re thinking about the colours of your doors, you’re thinking about the size of your windows, you’re thinking about a thousand different nuances to your property – and don’t get us wrong, they’re all important. Building your dream home from scratch is tough – there are definitely parts that you’ll love tackling and there are most definitely parts that you don’t want to tackle… ever. Well, don’t let fences be one of those!
When you work with the Taylor Fencing team, we aim to make this part of the process as easy as possible, through and through. We know that you need them, and we want them to be the best fences around – an easy feat, based on the team that we have, the craftsmanship that we’re proud of and the customer service that is guaranteed on any job.
The next question is, what sort of fences do you need? A big part of this is a personal decision, as we’ve discussed many a time on the blog. Wrought iron, wood, COLORBOND… what sort of material should you even use? Do you have a certain colour in mind that will pair properly with your architecture and aesthetic? (Hint, there’s no wrong answer here… it’s your home and it should make you and your family or household happy.)
But another part of this question is where exactly do you need them on your property? That’s the purpose of today’s blog post and we hope that you leave with the information that you need – or at least the knowledge that you can always contact the Taylor Fencing team with any questions or comments that you may have! We’re here for everything – anything that will help turn your house into your dream home.
Let’s start by thinking about the size of your property. Is it small and petite or is it sprawling over miles or acres? Are there animals involved, be it household pets or those that need a lot of land to exercise across? These are the types of questions that you should have in mind when you’re trying to decide where to place fences on your property. We’ve got a quick facts overview for you. Read on for more information:
There are some logistics that we need to cover off on first, and we’ve certainly discussed these on the Taylor Fencing blog… neighbours. Whether you love them or hate them, you need to be thoughtful about property lines and ensuring that your fences don’t encroach on these. The most low-key and humane way to start these conversations is just to reach out. No muffins needed, just give them a quick phone call and let them know that you’re thinking about installing a certain type and size of fence. If there are issues in the initial conversation, you can always refer back to council guidelines, which do essentially say that you need to agree on a plan if the fence leans into a certain part of your neighbour’s land. Hopefully, there should be no issues here.
These are the fences that are closest to the perimeter of your property side-to-side, but what about the part of the fence that you see immediately from the street? Again, aesthetic and function are equally important. If you have any sort of pets that would be wanting to adventure, keep that in mind (gaps in the fence, height of the fence, etc.). You probably don’t want a wooden fence with lots of space, if you have a larger dog (or even worse – a new puppy) that is prone to escaping. That said, if you have no pets and your focus has been the landscaping around your home, you probably want to show it off. In this case, any sort of minimalistic fence is right up the alley of the Taylor Fencing team.
We do recommend that you have your fence (of any design or height) at the front of the house as close to the street as possible, bonus points for any foliage or plant-life adjacent. The reason that we recommend this is that it makes your front yard, and by default, your entire property, look as large as possible. It also does wonders for your curb appeal – not only are you promoting the beauty of your home, but you’re also showing off your front yard. (And it never hurts to show off a Taylor Fencing fence product… trust us).
Now let’s go to the rear of the house, which can be so subjective, depending on what sort of landscaping or space that you have. In fact, there can be a need for multiple different fences to the rear of your home. Examples would include play areas, pools, sport courts and more. With play areas, you want to choose a fence that prioritizes security (think height and material), keeping it as close as possible to the area where the children would play. The same is true for a potential pool area, although with at least four feet adjacent to ensure that anyone enjoying would feel comfortable but still easily access. Sport court fences need to be flush with the material (turf, grass, concrete, what have you) that is used for the actual sport court, this simply helps with the activities or sports that are taking place.
It’s tough enough to choose a style of fence but mapping out where it goes can be a completely different adventure. The great thing is that the Taylor Fencing team is there from beginning to end of your project, always available to provide guidance, as well as the visuals, so that you can see exactly what the end product will look like… and how much you’ll love it.