I’m sorry to post back to back “favorites” but my schedule and the weather have made photography for my next ideas challenging. I promise you some non-fencing related posts soon!
Front yard privacy fences aren’t usually very interesting to me. For one, I’m much more a fan of fences that feel open and inviting, especially when it come to the front yard. Secondly, most privacy fences are down-right unappealing. You’ve seen them I’m sure. Six foot walls of cedar boards, packed tight and slapped up by your local Fence-Co inc, llc. However, if you insist on a privacy fence, or as some call them “spite” fences, than you might as well put some serious design muscle into it. It’s the only way a solid six foot high fence is not going to be a boring, blank canvas for the neighborhood graffiti artist.
The following fence is one of the most appealing privacy fences I’ve ever seen. I bike by it on my way home most days and I just love looking at it. Partly because, without stopping, and really dissecting how it was built, I just couldn’t wrap my head around how it was constructed. Of course, it’s the complexity of the design that makes it such a great privacy fence.
Just look at all the layers. The textural complexity saves this tall, solid fence from being a monotonous eye sore. A solid infill, cedar board fence painted this color would be improved with some graffiti, but this design needs no improvement.
As you can see, a “lattice” as laid over the solid infill that is centered on the posts. To make this fence appealing to the owner, as well as the passers by the lattice is repeated on the inside of the fence. I love a fence with two good sides.
The dual sided nature of the fence is largely responsible for the fantastic visual depth of the fence. The lattice windows at the top also open up the fence. Even privacy fences can make concessions which serve to visually pull you in.
I especially like how the arbor was treated at the entrance. Putting an additional arbor at the back of the coved entry way and then tying it to the arbor running along the side walk using those 2×2 rafters was a great design decision. Much more interesting than if the arbor just made a turn at the corner. It really creates a dramatic entrance to this impressive fence. The arbor is also doing a great job earning its keep. This photo doesn’t quite do it justice, but those flowering vines look great cascading off the arbor. It’s especially dramatic when viewed from the corner.I hope you enjoyed today’s favorite and I really will try hard to share some different types of SLEs in the coming weeks so stay tuned.