How to Design an 8 Ft. High Privacy Fence


Privacy fences are designed to maximize the privacy of a garden, courtyard or backyard area, either from the main building on the property or from neighboring buildings. While standard privacy fences are usually six feet high, an eight-foot privacy fence helps give extra security, and also helps if a neighbor's house is double storied. Designing a privacy fence needs to take into consideration the location, aesthetics and functionality of the privacy fence.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Assess the area where the fence is needed. You have to decide whether the fence is required around the whole property, down one side, or only a small portion. These factors may be influenced by a crowded neighborhood, a neighbor's porch in close proximity to your own, an eye-sore next door or simply for security reasons. If there is a slope in the ground this affects the design---will you have a staggered fence, or a fence that gets taller as the ground slopes, to maintain a horizontal top?

  • Think about function. If the privacy fence is for security, then a simple wooden plank fence may suffice. Consider whether you will plant vegetation along the fence, in which case a trellis top can be added for climbing plants, or use privacy fencing with in-built planter boxes for flowers and small plants. If you want to include a design element such as a water feature or a mosaic into the privacy fence, this also needs to be considered.

  • Mull over possible materials. Wooden privacy fences are by far the most popular, but vinyl and corrugated metal are used at times. Bamboo makes a very interesting-looking privacy fence, and adds an oriental touch to the area, while kopper logs give a rustic feel. Masonry fences are less common due to expense, but can give either a Mediterranean feel if terracotta style masonry is chosen or an English garden feel if natural gray stones are chosen.

  • Sketch the design chosen onto the paper. Include the length, style elements such as trellises or planter boxes, and the desired material. Don't forget to put the eight-foot height measurement into the design before taking it to a contractor.

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