Decorative Metal Fencing Ideas for the Front Yard
Metal fencing affords a great deal of creative options in designing a unique look for your front yard. Your local hardware store has various options for wrought-iron fencing in variety of designs and colors. There are also other sources of materials that you can adapt for this DIY project. One option is to adapt a decorative iron bed frame to your decorative fencing design.
Step 1: Put Together Your Fence Design
For the best result of this project, it is best to keep in mind some elements and principles of design. These are the same as those used in other art and craft endeavors. Lines that flow together are more pleasing to the eyes, and a mixture of contours make for a more interesting look.
Make a few rough sketches of your fence ideas. These can range from Victorian roses to intricate modern designs with straight angles. Use your favorite sketches as a reference when shopping for metal fencing that best matches your creative vision. For the technologically adventurous, try using a program such as CorelDraw or similar to design your unique metal fence.
Step 2: Check Yard Conditions
Contact your local utility company for a diagram of underground gas, electric, or water lines. Make sure you dig in an area away from any of these. Measure the area you select for your fence and take any changes in grade into consideration. If you need to obtain a building permit, apply for this and also find out if you need a zoning permit as well. Regulations for fence building vary in strictness by state and county, sometimes even by township. Mark off your fence perimeter with wooden stakes and drive rebar into the points where the fence posts will go.
Step 3: Find Fencing Materials
Look for used iron or brass headboards at thrift stores or yard sales. Headboards come in a wide range of sizes, so there should not be much trouble in finding one to fit the size of the fence you have planned. Look for different types of metal and scroll work that can be combined and still coordinate with one another.
Step 4: Paint Your Fencing
Some ideas for this include spray painting all the metal headboard pieces for a modern, edgy twist on a traditional picket fence. Alternately, you can paint them all black for a more dramatic look. If you are making a fence to surround your flower garden, try bending and twisting metal parts of the headboard metal and painting them to match the greenery and flower colors. Also paint the attachment wire to coordinate with this colorful fence design as well.
Step 5: Install the Fence
Once your fence completely dries, return to the marked-off perimeter and dig holes for the fence posts. Make each hole about 6 to 8 inches deep, and fill with a small amount of wet concrete. Quickly sink each fence post into the concrete and make sure each is installed straight up and down.