An increasing number of Australian homeowners are choosing to add a high boundary fence to their front yards. It's an excellent way to increase your home's privacy and security, which are important considerations for most people. It's also a great way to make an often unused space a safe and functional area for outdoor activities.
If you're thinking about adding a boundary fence to the front of your home, then here are three important factors you'll need to consider.
1. Check for council regulations
Even if you're replacing an existing front fence, it's important to check that there are no council regulations that will prevent you from constructing a new and different fence. There may be regulations in place regarding height and materials and if you live in a heritage area, there may also be caveats regarding the style of the fence you build.
2. Decide on a style
Fences may all serve the same function but there is virtually no limit to the style options that are available these days. Also, while functional, fences also make a significant contribution to the overall aesthetics of your home and its street appeal.
As a rule, your fence should compliment and blend in with the exterior facade of your home. Aspects to consider are the materials you use, the colour palette and whether to choose a traditional or more contemporary look.
3. Choose a gate
The gate you choose for your new front boundary fence is another important factor. It's the icing on the cake as far as design is concerned and it's also important for controlling access to your front yard and your home.
If security is a top priority for you, then choose a gate that is as high as your new boundary fence that can be locked securely. You may even want to add a keypad or remote entry system to allow visitors to enter the property as needed.
The level of privacy you require should also be considered. For complete privacy, a solid timber or metal gate is ideal. If you want security but also want to maintain a street view, a slatted timber gate or an ornate, wrought iron gate might be the ideal choice.
For expert advice on designing and constructing your new front boundary fence, contact an experienced fencing contractor. They'll be able to help you with the technical and aesthetic side of the design and make the selection of materials a less daunting and easier task.