Fences come in all shapes and sizes, and we construct them for a range of reasons including privacy, security, and safety. Whatever the reason, when it comes to aesthetics, you have so many options to consider for your new fence!
Aesthetic Elements of Fences
While all fences are a means of enclosure, fundamental principles of design indicate that there needs to be a balance between functions like privacy, safety, and security and aesthetics. Ideally, issues like security should never outstrip the need for an aesthetically pleasing structure. This is particularly important when the fence is at the front of a property, as it can impact curb appeal dramatically.
When considering the aesthetic elements of fences, you should consider several factors including:
- The height of the fence
- Where it is sited
- Type and style of the fence
- Whether you combine soft landscaping (or planting) with the structure
Siting and height often have a direct bearing on privacy because they need to be high enough to be effective and positioned to ensure they are functional. If fences are too high, or they are not appropriate in style and appearance to the house and garden, they may be unsightly.
Apart from the fact that fences above a certain height will usually require plans (depending of course on the local authority), very high fences can be rather ugly. The idea is to choose a design that will complement your house and garden.
While low post and rail or pretty picket fences can enclose a property beautifully, aesthetics may not be enough if you have security and safety issues.
Safety and Security Considerations for Fences
Fences need to be well designed and structurally sound to meet the needs of safety and security. If there are external struts or horizontal boards that a potential intruder can use to access the property, then it isn’t going to be secure.
Whether you want a solid security fence or a pretty quintessentially American picket fence, a plain chain-link fence, or a dumpster enclosure, if aesthetics are important to you and you live in Georgia, contact Natural Enclosures Fence Company for a free estimate.