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Coordinating Fence Design With House Style

Apr 10th 2015 at 12:44 AM

Choosing an ornamental fence for your yard is a significant decision. To get the best value, smart homeowners like you choose a high-quality product that will last for many years. It makes sense, therefore, to be thoughtful and deliberate when choosing an ornamental design for your fence.

Ornamental fences come in a wide array of materials, heights, colors, and styles, which can make it daunting to choose a design. Your best bet is to choose a design that coordinates with the architecture of your home. This will create a pleasing overall effect for your property that you will enjoy for many years to come. Here are a few different styles of houses and suggestions for complementary fence design.

A bungalow is a type of house that’s usually narrow, rectangular, and has one and one-half stories. They generally feature gabled roofs and small, covered front porches. Wood fences with wide boards and a simple design look best. Bungalows are known for having extensive yet simple woodwork. Choose a wood that matches or coordinates well with the other wood elements on the house. For areas that require hardware, such as gates and hinges, choose simple designs in iron or copper.

Victorian homes feature more ornate detailing, such as spindled porches, carved wood brackets, and stone corbles. To highlight these intricate details, Victorian houses are often painted three or more colors. As a result, Victorian home owners are sometimes tempted to choose an ornamental fence with an intricate, fanciful design. Traditionally, however, the fences in the yards of Victorian homes have actually had relatively a simple look, as to avoid upstaging the architectural grandness of the house.

Colonial-style homes, such as Cape Cods, tend to be rectangular, symmetrical, two-story houses. They typically feature double-hung windows with many small, square panes. A traditional white picket fence complements a Colonial house nicely. These fences were originally used with Colonial architecture because they were practical (simple to build and repair) and because the materials needed to build them was readily available.

Gothic Revival homes are tall with steep roofs, pointed arches, exposed timbers, and elaborate millwork. If you have this style of home, choose a type of fence that adds even more intricate detailing. Look for fancy finials, carved rails, and shapes that mirror the house’s pointed arches. Fencing fashioned from iron enhances the overall look.

A ranch-style house is noted for having a long, one-story profile, large windows, and minimal exterior detailing. In general, ranch homes have a casual feel, and so should the fencing. Wood post-and-rail fences are particularly popular for ranch homes because they are both casual looking and durable.

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

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