December 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Nontraditional fences

Although a white-picket fence can be a lovely accent to your house, taking a nontraditional approach to fencing can also enhance your home’s curb appeal. You have so many options for fencing, and many can serve dual purposes.

To avoid confusion, help you shop smarter and get results you’ll be happy with for years to come, start by deciding the main purpose of your fence. For example, are you building a fence to provide an enclosed space for children or pets, ensure enhanced privacy, a boundary, or simply to add an exterior-design accent? Knowing what you want your fence to accomplish will ease the stress and work involved in the planning process.

Next, consider your material options. Fencing can be made out of almost anything; wood, stone, slate, glass, concrete, metal, or even plants to create a living fence. Try mixing and matching materials. For example, you could create a wooden fence with glass slats. If you prefer the more traditional look of a wooden fence, vary your setup by alternating horizontal and vertical sections. You can also mix your fence heights. Create higher privacy walls where appropriate and lower walls near the front of your house. If you already have fencing in your yard, add hanging bags of annuals or design with espalier for a more dramatic effect.

Fencing can serve any number of purposes in your yard or garden. For more fencing inspiration check out our Pinterest board at


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