Hardscape Design Ideas

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Picking Materials for Boundaries

Walls, screens and fences don't just identify where your yard stops and someone else's begins. As much space as they occupy, they should also be major design features. We help you choose materials for maxiumum border appeal.

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Wood and metal fences do not require strong foundations or heavy building materials; they are usually inexpensive and easy to build. To keep the design of an existing garden feeling coherent, it's best to repeat or copy the original fencing styles. However, for new designs you can create patterns using planks of different lengths, widths and shapes.

This tall, close-boarded fence creates privacy, and has been stained gray to enhance the overall composition.

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