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Fencing for a Residential Development: Choosing Materials Based on Value

You’ve probably been involved with a few housing development projects that slapped standard wooden security fencing up as quickly as possible around the boundaries of the development. It’s a standard move because it uses easy-to-find materials and isn’t expensive. At the same time, though, I’ve seen a few of these wooden privacy fences that were…

The Best Fence for Resale Value: Thinking in the Long-Term

I’ve worked as a builder and as a consultant for many DIY clients, and I’ve seen lots of different home improvement strategies. When clients put in a new fence to increase their property’s resale value, some make a point of choosing fencing materials that will still be valuable down the road, while others think of…

Finding Secure and Beautiful Gated Community Fences

Once upon a time, while working as an apprentice for a big residential construction company, my company was called to put up a new fence around a gated community. For the first eight years of the development, it had been surrounded by a cedar security fence with shrubs planted right up next to it, which…

The Best Fence for Large Yards Uses Long, Pre-Assembled Panels

Every now and then I get to drive out to the edge of town and take on some projects on large, often semi-rural plots of land. When one of these projects involves putting up a long fence, often for a large area of land, I have to stay mindful of the time and costs involved….

An Updated Fence for a Victorian House Brings Classic Elegance, Not Maintenance

Once upon a time on a visit to an old city (Windsor, Ontario!) with an intact original Victorian neighborhood, I was hired to replace a cedar fence with something that “resonated more harmoniously” with the large painted lady house. While the neighborhood was filled with various types of wooden fences, seeing a picture of the…

The Best Fence for a Wet Area Has a Tough, Multi-Layered Coating

Much of my building career has taken place in very moist and rainy climates, the kind of places where it rains so much that partially cloudy is shorthand for sunny. Within this moistened training ground, I once had the good fortune to build and repair the fences of an entire block, moving from property to…