A dream of many is to own a beautiful family house on a fenced block of land. Although the real challenge is the construction of the actual house, the fence is similarly important, giving us a sense of privacy and protection. Sometimes a bad, unfitted fence can ruin the whole experience that comes with owning a piece of land. That’s why I’d like to share with you a short list of 5 tips on how to NOT build a fence around your house, based on what I have observed looking at common mistakes of others.
The first important thing is to evaluate the size of your land that you own and the area that is covered by the house on it. It’s not unusual to see people who overestimate the size of their land and build a fence way too high to properly cover their garden from the eyes of neighbors and people passing by. Why? Because, although the small lawn will definitely be secured from the intrusion of others, it is often also “secured” from the sun, and so claustrophobic that it is no longer a pleasure to spend time there. Same comes for a live fence, sometimes too thick and way too tall for the small piece of land that it’s on.
Another mistake, which is also caused by improper measurement, is failure to stick to the border. Don’t do that, especially on the side which you share with your neighbor. Incorrectly erected fence is a common cause of arguments between people who are supposed to live next to each other in peace. You see your neighbors almost every day, it’s good to be on good terms with them.
Even if you do measure your land properly, don’t forget to check the zoning law in your area – there can be certain rules regarding setting up a fence which you don’t want to break – if you do, you will probably have to dismantle it and set it up again anyway, unless you were lucky and didn’t break any of them – but just do it before you start doing anything, it’s really not worth the risk.
A quite visible mistake that many people make is failure to anchor down the posts. It’s not easy to fix a leaning fence because, usually when it starts to do so, you have no other option than to set it up again from scratch. Check how deep you have to dig before you plan your whole fence. And don’t dig too deep so that you don’t dig into underground utilities. If you can’t go too deep on the posts, don’t space them too wide.