A DIY fence project gives you more flexibility than relying on prefabricated fences. Consider using some of these ten ideas in your next DIY fence project. They should help you turn your fence into something unique to your home.
1. Use Reclaimed Materials
Reclaimed materials give you an inexpensive way to build and decorate your fence. You could build your fence from old window shutters, snowboards, or flat rocks from a creek bed.
Consider using materials that you already own. If you don’t have something that you like, search for locally sourced materials that appeal to your personality.
2. Choose Inventive Decorations
It is your fence, so you can decorate it just about any way you want. The average fence costs around $3,061, but you can cut the price of a decorative fence by painting pictures on the wood panels. You can also add weather-resistant decorations that won’t deteriorate in the rain and harsh temperatures.
3. Set Fence Height to Meet Your Needs
Building a tall fence can offer more privacy, but it usually takes more time and money. If you only need a fence for your garden or to mark property boundaries, you may only need to build a fence that is a couple of feet tall.
If you want the fence for privacy, then you will want to make it taller. Check local regulations to make sure you don’t exceed height restrictions.
4. Add a Gate
A gate makes your fence more functional by letting you enter or leave the yard without going through your house. That’s an especially important feature for people who like to get dirty working in their gardens.
Gates are relatively easy to build. Just make sure you add security features that will keep unwanted guests out of your yard.
5. Include Plants in Your Design
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Plants can play key roles in your fence project. Tall, dense bushes offer excellent privacy, so you may want to mix them into your fence. You can also use flowers, vegetables, and other plants to decorate your new fence.
Some people have even turned their walls into a vertical herb gardens. Vertical herb gardens can take a lot of work, but they often look nice and they give you access to fresh ingredients.
6. Include Screens for Additional Privacy
Just because you want privacy doesn’t mean that you necessarily want a big privacy fence that blocks your view. Instead of building a tall fence, install panels in areas where you want extra privacy, such as near a swimming pool or patio.
7. Make a Secret Garden
Homeowners who want extra privacy may want to use their fences to build secret gardens. You can do this by adding to walls to any corner. Plant a lavish garden inside and add a hidden entrance. You’ll make a wonderful place for reading, enjoying nature, or just getting away from life’s hectic pace.
8. Vary the Fence’s Height
Instead of building a fence at a uniform height, vary sections so that some are taller and shorter than others. Some homeowners take a dramatic approach by varying the height of every board. Others prefer varying the heights of certain panels.
9. Select a Fencing Material that Works
Choose a fencing material that meets your unique needs. If you want to keep animals out of your garden, use wire fencing that will even block rabbits from nibbling on your vegetables. If you want privacy, consider bamboo or solid wood panels that will block the view of your yard. If you want a fence that keeps trespassers out, use wrought-iron fencing with small spikes along the top.
10. Get Insight From the Kids
As an adult, you’ve seen thousands of fences. That can make it difficult to think outside of what other people have done. Kids don’t have that restriction. Ask your kids to get involved in the design process. You’ll probably have to disregard a few outrageous concepts, but some of them will have unique qualities that you can incorporate into your final design.
Do you plan to use any of these ideas for your next DIY fence project, or do you have other ideas that you prefer?