Choosing the Perfect Fence for Your Property - The Need for Privacy Choosing the Perfect Fence for Your Property - The Need for Privacy

Several years ago, my family and I made the ultimate commitment. We bought our first home. We were so elated with the possibilities that lay before us in making this house our own that we didn't know where to start. We painted and put in new carpeting. We landscaped and bought new furniture. We thought we had covered every aspect of personalized ownership. However, we missed one tiny detail. We had no fence around our property. This may not seem like a big deal; we certainly didn't think it was that important. The neighbors were nice enough, and we lived in the country, so what difference would a fence make? We found out the hard way.

It began with the neighborhood dogs who were allowed to roam free. It was not a problem at first until two or three dogs turned into a pack, and we found ourselves in continuous confrontations with these furry brutes. They used the bathroom on everything. The first year found us losing over $600 in plants that were either killed by puppy sewage or dug up indiscriminately by the marauding band of canine misfits. When our own dogs, who were always kept on leashes, became the focus of this wild pack's harassment, we decided that something had to be done.

There is a saying, "Good fences make good neighbors," and nothing could have been more true for us. To avoid starting a war with the neighbors, we opted to put up a fence, to protect both our dogs and the considerable investment we had already made in buying a home. Once the decision was made, we thought that it would be a piece of cake. That is until we discovered that choosing a fence is much like picking out a new cereal. A fence has two major goals: form and function. There are literally hundreds of options and materials to choose from, and we had no idea where to begin. We broke the process down into manageable steps to keep it from becoming too overwhelming, seperately examining fence materials, options and styles.

When all of our research and preparation was over, my family and I finally settled on a combination fence, incorporating traditional picket fencing in the front yard with a more decorative privacy fence in the back. With the fence in place, we were better able to make plans for our extensive yard without worrying about the neighborhood dogs. Not only did we avoid a war, we set a trend, inspiring several of our other neighbors to follow our yard's form and grace, by installing their own fence. Good fences really do make good neighbors.

Read on to learn some of the information about fence options we learned in our research.

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