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Common Mistakes When Fencing A Front Yard

Jul 27th 2015 at 12:43 AM

When you need fencing for your front yard, it can be easy to lose sight of the long-term effects of your various choices. Learn how to balance security and beauty when choosing fencing.

Landscaping mistakes are pretty common when you’re just starting to work on your yard. From plant choices that don’t quite fit the space or the soil to plans that don’t work out, bumps in the road are just part of learning to build and shape your yard. When you’re making bigger choices, though, like installing new fencing, it is important to work things out ahead of time, because making a poor choice in a permanent installation means that you can’t go back next year and try something else. More importantly, though, these installations are often vital to the property because of security or safety concerns, so they need to be done right.

The first mistake that people tend to make when they plan to fence in a front yard is that they forget the view from their house. Standing outside, it’s easy to see over most fencing, and usually when you are talking about adding a fence to the front, there are solid practical reasons that make you think more about the stability and security of the fencing than about the looks. If you don’t take time to consider the view, though, then you can wind up with a picture window that just looks at the back of wood slats or other obstructions. Finding secure fencing that complements your view is one way to make sure that you get everything you need, without having to compromise.

Another issue that is particular to front yard fencing is access. A lot of front yard fencing is about security for pets or kids, not necessarily home protection, so it’s not necessary to have a complex locking mechanism. In fact, having a hard-to-access front yard can hamper parcel delivery and make it more difficult for guests to approach the door. Picking a plan for your fencing that makes it easy to reach your porch is vital, unless you have another plan when people come calling. Even if you are installing the fence for home protection, it is important to know how this works and to go with a material and a plan that includes some kind of automatic entry, otherwise you will wind up having to go outside to let people in.

Most front yard fencing is decorative, and it usually serves to mark a boundary from the sidewalk, which means that it can afford to be more about the look than the function. If you do need fencing because you’re trying to keep things safe, though, you do not need to overdo things. To learn few more fencing options like split rail fencing in Austin, including how they impact your property, check out this website.

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Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his Livejournal blog.

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