The days of white picket fences being your only option for designating your property lines are long gone. Property owners come up with new creative fence options every day, adding visual interest and unforeseen perks to their space. If you are looking for some ideas to make your fencing situation unique, we have a few suggestions.
The Benefits of a Having Fence
But first, let’s lay down the groundwork. Fences have been used by people for hundreds and even thousands of years. We like our space, and we like being able to tell it’s ours. Fences keep out uninvited guests and full-on trespassers. They can also thwart nosey neighbors. Even if you like Janice and Herb, it doesn’t mean you want them to be able to watch every move you make.
In this way, fences provide privacy and secure a sense of security. When they enclose a lawn, they create a safe place for children and pets to experience freedom without necessitating that you watch them the entire time. If a run-of-the-mill fence isn’t your style, a creative fence can usually accomplish these same goals while adding a bit of spice.
Ideas for Adding a Creative Fence
Use Decorative Panels
Let’s start small. If a solid fence gives you a little too much privacy—if it makes you feel claustrophobic in your own space—consider more decorative fencing to mitigate the feeling. You may choose to install a solid fence base that is only three feet tall then utilize crossing beams. Perhaps you want to incorporate a few panels of interwoven wood or plexiglass for some visual interest.
Sauna or Pool Fence
While some features are better concealed with fencing, a good fence can add extra privacy for more sensitive features on a property. If you don’t want everyone to see your child’s swimming lessons or the relaxing evening you and your friends have planned in the hot tub, consider adding a fence around the waterworks.
Fences don’t just have to demarcate your property lines. If you have features on your property that don’t further your landscaping goals—unattractive shed, utility box, generator—these can be concealed with a mini fence.
If you want to show off your prize-winning vegetables or simply tout the fact that you have a green thumb, it may be tempting to ask why it is important to have a fence around a garden. The answer is two words: kingdom Animalia. You’ll need a creative fence to protect your plants and veggies from animals with a need to munch.
Garden fencing should be designed around the kind of animals you want to keep out. Deer will need different deterrents than rabbits and raccoons. Whatever you install to curtail curious critters doesn’t need to be permanent. You may only need it for the height of the growing season.
Invite a Bit of the Wild
This next step must be done intentionally and with proper care to make sure it doesn’t do more damage to your fence than it is worth. If you want your yard to feel like a sanctuary, you may choose to encourage nature to visit. If you are an ornithologist or simply like birdsong, consider incorporating bird houses or bird feeders into your creative fence design.
To let in a bit of green, try trellising your fence. A trellis is a framework of horizontal and vertical beams. It is usually flat like a fence panel and is designed to allow plants to grow up the trellis in a vining way. Trellises can be freestanding or replace a section of fence paneling.
Line a Walkway
Technically, your fence doesn’t have to enclose anything completely. If your property includes a long path, you may choose to line it with a split rail fence. This adds order and definition while not making casual walkers feel claustrophobic.
Mark the Corners of Your Property
If you are looking for a very creative fence and feel comfortable in your area, you may choose to nix traditional fencing altogether. Installing corner fences involves placing two fence panels in a right angle in each of the corners of your property. These can be accompanied by flower beds or water features for visual interest. You can mark the rest of your property lines with decorative stones or just leave them to the imagination.
Fence Installation with Bronco Fence
Installing a creative fence—or a fence at all, actually—improves a property’s value. It also adds a personal flair to your space so that, whether inside or outside, you feel at home. For more ideas for creating a unique fence, or for a professional installation team, give Bronco Fence a call.