If your not sure then don’t worry, we cover what you need to know to help make that decision.
If your garden fencing is ready to be built, then just consider the following, as there are a number of things you need to know before we start.
Does your Fence need Council Approval.
Different Councils will have different regulations regarding fences but here are some guide lines to consider.
The front alignment of your house is in most cases referred to as the building line, the height of the Fence that you are able to build either side of this building line on your property will vary with different Councils.
These Fences will probably require a Structural Engineer Certified Design for your application, this will be an extra cost and you will have to organise this yourself.
Some will allow up to 1.2m high in front if it’s an open panel like the picket fence, Cross Braced panels or Chain Wire. But it is very important to check before you waste your money.
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.
There is always a cost involved with applications and of course, their own time schedule, so factor this into your overall plans for this job to be done.
Discuss with your neighbor the share of cost.
Knowing how to fence can save you a great deal of money but what you do spend on materials can be shared with your neighbor.
This can sometimes be a little awkward especially if there is an existing fence already there and you just want to replace it.
In these situations it’s probably wise for you to expect that you alone will be paying the bill.
However it’s important to discuss it with them, even if it’s just to let them know what you are doing and your intentions regarding the cost.
If there is no fence in place and you are insisting they pay for half, then legally they are only obligated to pay half the cost of a 1.8m high Paling Fence, regardless of what type of fence you want. So if you want a fence that’s built with brick pillars and fancy panels in between, then be prepared to foot the bill for the rest.
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 get on really well with your neighbour, it doesn’t matter that much whether your either side of the line a little, BUT IT DOES,
I’ll tell you why!
Your Neighbour might be forced to sell unexpectedly 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.
Think seriously on the Fence type you want to build.
The first important factor would be if your area has a Fencing Code with limitations on what you can do regarding the Fence. The Local Council is in charge of enforcing this so you’ll have to check with them. Front Fences in particular will often have a covenant set in place for the area.
Privacy is a consideration. A solid paneled 1.8m (6ft) high fence is of course the quickest way to obtain privacy as the 1.5m (5ft) high, will still have some people peering over, although it will stop dogs from seeing through.
You will have to consider the Strength, Durability and the Look, of the materials you choose.
Paling Fences built from Hardwood or Treated Pine can both have a more natural look, Color bond will also provide privacy but the metal panels might not blend with your Landscape look.
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.
There are also many combination’s and other materials you can consider.
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.
All the best and take care with your choice.
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