Creative Fence Ideas

Creative Fence Ideas

For the last couple of years, I've been on a rampage against the traditional privacy fence, which looks something like this:photo by flickr.comI guess there's nothing really wrong with it--it's wood, it provides privacy so it does the job, and you can stain it to look more attractive. It's just so commonplace, and it looks like a stockade to me; very imposing and uninspiring. Would it really be that much more difficult to do something like this:Place the boards horizontally and alternate them with aluminum pipe. I like that the fence still provides privacy without being overbearing and unfriendly; there are spaces for vines to grab hold as well. Beautiful, clean and contemporary! Here's another fence using horizontal boards but without the pipe:And this one is so cool--the aluminum strip panel really adds some dimension and artfulness to an otherwise traditionally-styled basketweave fence:I've seen some other great ideas around town--like a guy who built horizontal board fences using reclaimed wood from construction sites, so that each piece was a different length and width, all stained a beautiful teak color. Or the fence that had an occasional window in it to give the passersby a glimpse of the garden beyond. You get the idea--think outside the Vertical Yawn Fest of the traditional privacy fence! You can have both privacy and style; there's no need to choose. With a little forethought and creative juice, your fence can be an artful accessory or even a focal point in your garden rather than a boring salute to conformity!

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  1. says

    Oooh, I really like that first fence! Most fences here are cinder block and they’re installed by the developer. HOA rules forbid you to remove them and replace them with anything else. Looks kind of….prison-esque. Is jail chic on the garden design horizon? 😉

  2. says

    Great post! I’m always on the look-out for cool fences, as people are much more willing to consider installing them when they have a visual…thanks for the super-cool photos!

  3. says

    Fern, I remember from my July visit to Long Beach all of the cinder block walls. Can you paint them, or install a trellis in front of them?

    Rebecca, I always have my camera with me to take pics of good ideas; my foreman is just as into it as I am!

    Thanks for the comments!

  4. Eric Hudson says

    Do you have plans or the company name that built the fence with the aluminum piping?



  5. says

    Hi Eric–Sorry for the late reply! No, I don’t have any info on the fence; these are pics that I take as I’m out and about, and I just use them for inspiration with my design projects. If I find any more information I’ll post it!

  6. Jerry says

    The horizontal wood/ aluminum pipe is sweet! Looking at it I would “assume” the aluminum pipe is ectrical conduit. Depending on the size and thickness a 10′ piece (1/2, 3/4, or 1″ dia, light or heavy duty) can range from a quarter of the price to the same price as a 10′ treated deck board. Again, I assume you would use conduit clamps to hold the pipe in place. Thats my plan anyway. Being from the south east we can have some pretty windy storms so I want something that will let air pass through yet still provide that privacy look.
    Starting my plans today…..thanks Jenny!!!!!

  7. says

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always useful to read content from other authors and practice a little something from their web

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