For the last couple of years, I’ve been on a rampage against the traditional privacy fence, which looks something like this:I 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!