Hip Horizontal Fences Expand Your Horizons

Horizontal fences can fit any style home, from rustic to contemporary.
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July 21, 2015

Photo By: Topiarius

Photo By: Steve Martino and Arizona ASLA

Photo By: Jan Johnsen

Photo By: Summer Classics

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Photo By: Danna Cain

Photo By: Danna Cain, Home & Garden Design

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Photo By: SCC Lifestyles

Photo By: Summer Classics

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©Steve Martino/ASLA

Photo By: Danna Cain

Rich Color

A Chicago rooftop fence by Topiarius in a horizontal design is made of Ipe, a type of hardwood, and oiled for rich color.


For this Arizona property, which won an award from the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the design of a courtyard fence fits with the neighborhood's setting in a gritty industrial area. The owners are artists, craftsmen and Arizona natives. The project was by Steve Martino Landscape Architect.

Decked Out

A horizontal fence provides safety without blocking the views from a deck perched high above a lake in a wooded setting. The project is by Johnsen Landscapes & Pools.

Country Charm

A horizontal split wood fence creates a dreamy backdrop in a rural setting. The white Adirondack chairs are by Summer Classics.

Steel Appeal

A modern fence made of steel cables seems to mimic the shape of the landscape across Hebil Bay in southwestern Turkey. The award-winning project is by CEVSA Landscape Firm.

Great Horizons

Horizontal lines are more calming than vertical lines, so horizontal fencing is highly favored when homeowners are seeking an outdoor sanctuary intended for relaxing, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design. She adds that this aspect makes horizontal fencing an ideal complement for an Asian or zen-themed landscape.


Horizontal fencing is a smart upgrade to make, especially when the exterior of a home, such as this Georgia property, has horizontal details. This fence will complement the existing architectural style of the home, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design.

Room for More

A horizontal slat fence envelops a cozy courtyard created by interior designer Courtney Lake.

Ocean View

There's no reason to block the ocean views, so using a fence with thin cables in a horizontal design can maximize a special setting.

Country Living

An expansive horizontal fence contrasts with an iron vertical fence in this countryside setting. The table and chairs are by Summer Classics.

Water World

Within this horizontal fence, there's an eye-catching Chippendale design.

Mod Appeal

A fence around a tennis court on a Palm Springs, Calif., property is made of 2-foot square fiberglass panels that allow breezes to flow through. The client wanted an outdoor environment that was “groovy, cool and sexy," according to landscape architect Steve Martino and Associates. The project, with mid-century modern elements in desert style, won an American Society of Landscape Design award.

Style in Mind

Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.

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