When you think of structures that will enhance your backyard space, you probably think of more elaborate ones like gazebos and pergolas. And you’re not wrong. But even the most basic outdoor structure — the fence — can help visually enhance your space and create the ambiance you’re after. Like pathways, they can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, simultaneously creating boundaries and visually framing your space.
Not only will you want to incorporate a safety fence to surround your pool area — especially if you have pets or young children around — but you can also add fences to separate various zones in your yard or to simply add to the aesthetic appeal. The fence style and building materials you choose for your fence will highly depend on the function you want your fence to serve; and don’t worry, you’re not limited to just one!
For instance, if you have a vegetable garden, you’ll want to build a fence around it to keep out any critters who would love to enjoy its produce. For that purpose, you’d of course want to build a fence with boards or wire lines close enough to one another to keep would-be pests from getting in. Thin chicken wire can offer an unobstructed view of your green space while still serving the purpose that you need. If you’re going for privacy from neighboring properties, you’ll of course want to go with a more solid design.
When it comes to fences, perhaps you think primarily in terms of run-of-the-mill fence posts and pickets, but you certainly aren’t limited to those! One out-of-the-box idea includes varied lengths of lumber with playful colors — or even a hand-painted mural across the width of it! Recycled lumber or pallet boards can also help create a modern yet rustic look. If you’re after a more natural-looking space, you can use long, thin branches to create a custom fence with a basket-style weave. Old doors, logs, stones, and thick metal wire can also be interesting possibilities.
Whether your fence is surrounding a veggie patch or another particular area of your outdoor oasis, a garden door or gate can offer an enhanced sense of privacy and/or allure. From a full-sized door that consists of a simple wood frame with a screen to a short, swinging wood gate, again you’ll want the materials and design to match the purpose and look you’re after. And of course, your pathway can combine with your fence(s), gates, and other structures to point to a clear focal point and welcome guests to and guide guests around your wonderful outdoor space.
You can read about even more fence styles and materials in this post from Back Yard Boss.
Continue reading with our next post: “Adding to the Outdoor Ambiance with Extras.”
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