Out the front
The classic picket fence is an oldie but still a goodie! For period homes, the traditional picket with a design cut into the top has stood the test of time. A more modern option is to cut the pickets square and make them straight across the top for a cleaner line.
A contemporary take on the old painted picket fence uses the natural beauty of timber. Chunky hardwood pickets are oiled to maintain their natural appearance and screwed to the rails. The timber adds natural colour and character to a modern house with solid colours and cold materials like glass and steel, while the screws are used as a feature for an industrial touch.
Why not turn the pickets on their side and go for a slatted front fence? They’re perfect for when privacy is as much as a factor as appearance. Spacing the slats with a small gap between them makes the fence seem more solid and is harder to see through. If you plan on painting, use primed treated pine for your slats; for the natural look, use oiled decking timber screwed to posts.
If painting or oiling timber isn’t your thing then you’ll love an aluminium fence, which has a durable finish baked onto the surface. They come in large panels set between matching posts. The panels have a range of different looks at the top, from traditional picket styles through to more modern square lines.
Out the back
When it comes to fencing your side and rear boundaries, privacy and keeping in pets and kids are the big concerns. The two main options are a timber paling or Colorbond fence. Timber is more DIY-friendly but will need to be painted or stained unless you like the weathered grey look. Colorbond has the advantage of being pretty much maintenance free and won’t rot or warp. It’s available in a range of colours to complement other features of your home like the roof and gutters, or you can choose one to work in with the natural colours of your garden.
Out by the pool
Aluminium is a popular option, but if you want the safety of a pool fence without the visual barrier they create then glass is the way to go. Once the realm of the professionals, these days there are DIY options. You just pick up the components that suit your situation and install them yourself. The awesome look of glass without the price tag? Priceless!