So is your Garden Fencing in real need of repair, it’s probably not as bad as this one but quite often we get called out to houses where the fence is falling over and needs a replacement, so Knowing what type of Fencing you want is obviously the first step.
Don’t worry If you’re not sure, we cover what you need to know to help you make that decision.
Before you are ready to start on your fencing you just need to consider the following, there are a number of things you need to know before building that devider.
Different Councils will have different regulations for fences, what you can build and what you can’t. For example, the front alignment of your house is often referred to as the building line and there is often a height restriction for the fence that you are able to build in front of this building line. this will vary with different Councils, so before you plan anything it’s best to check.
There will be fences that can be built without going through Council but if your plan is outside the limitations then you will have to submit an application to Council. Most applications and plans to Council will require you to provide information about the project, and fencing is no different. This is just some of the questions that you will likely to be asked.
- The purpose of the fence.
- The position of the fence in relation to the buildings etc.
- The height of the fence.
- Structural stability.
- The effects on the Landscape.
- The effects on traffic conditions. (if applicable)
- The effects on drainage.
- Level of the existing path may change. (if applicable)
- Neighbours opinion.
Usually all Masonry Fences and even part thereof will need approval, they will require a Concrete Footing and the laying of Bricks or Blocks etc. this work is usually checked by an inspector.
These Fences in most cases will require a Structural Engineer Certified Design for your application, this will be an extra cost and you will have to organise this yourself.
Picket Fences are partly private and can be more appealing to the eye. There are so many styles in which a Picket Fence can be built and this is one reason they appeal to many people.
Even less private are the tubular, but can provide a more grander look and then we have the wire fences, chain, chicken and dog wire are all more for cost concerns rather than the look, although chain wire can be coloured, which suites certain properties.
If you don’t have an existing fence and even sometimes when you do, it is still part of the preparation for this work to establish EXACTLY where the side or back boundary is.
Now you might think because you great neighbours and you get on really well with, it doesn’t matter that much whether you’re either side of the line a little, BUT IT DOES, I’ll tell you why! Your neighbour might be forced to sell unexpectedly later on and the new owners want the fence in exactly the right spot. It’s much harder to move a fence than to build it right in the first place, even though it my require you to hire a surveyor.
So when considering you fence remember it has to serve two purposes, It has to provide the level of privacy you desire, it has to define your boundary and it has to suite your landscape theme (look good and blend in).
Often it’s a good idea to take a drive around or when you are out and about, take notice of the fences people have installed, you might find one that appeals to you.