Installing a fence around your yard can clearly mark your property and make it more difficult for people to enter your yard. There are numerous fence types available that are used for different purposes. One factor to consider when choosing your fence is the style, as you want a fence that complements your home's exterior. If you have a brick home, you can design a fence that employs brick columns to hold aluminum panels.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden stakes
- Spray paint
Contact your local zoning board to learn the building codes you must follow when building the fence. These codes govern both the structural elements of the fence, as well as the fence's appearance.
Choose the bricks and fence style you're going to use for the fence. Ideally, the color of the bricks in the fence columns will match the color of the bricks on your home. Aluminum fencing is often designed to resemble wrought iron fencing, and is available in many different design styles and sizes.
Determine the height of the fence, based on your needs and local building codes. If the fence is mainly for decorative purposes, or to mark the boundaries of your property, a fence that's 4 to 6 feet tall can work. If you're using the fence as an obstacle to keep intruders out, or if you have large dogs that you want to keep in the yard, install a fence that's 8 to 10 feet tall. Keep in mind that the height of the fence must meet the local building codes, or you could be forced to tear it down.
In the U.S., call 811 -- the "Call Before You Dig" number -- to have utility lines that are buried in your yard marked. You can be fined and held liable for repair costs if you damage a line while digging the base for the brick columns.
Lay out the fence line by driving wooden stakes into the ground and tying a string to them. Mark the sides of the columns on the ground with spray paint, spacing them to match the length of the fence panels. Follow local building codes regarding the positioning of the fence line in relation to your property line. If you're placing the fence close to the property line, you may want to get your property surveyed to ensure that the fence is placed entirely on your property.
Mark the locations of the gates on the fence line. Where exactly the gates are placed depends on your layout. If the fence extends out from the side of your house and encloses your backyard, you should have at one gate along the front edge, placing the second gate on the opposite side in the backyard. If the fence encloses the front yard as well, install one gate on each side of the fence. Also, a gate in front of your driveway should be double-wide to allow vehicles and large equipment access inside the fenced-off area.
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