We have one of those craftsman house plans, so we knew before we even broke ground on building our new house that we wanted a simple styled fence that will look like it’s meant for the Craftsman architecture of our home. And, when choosing our siding and trim colors with our builder, we definitely wanted to choose bright white trim that will coordinate nicely with a new white fence. Many homes in the area have ivory trim, which looks attractive, but not with a bright white fence! Mixing the two will make your house trim appear dirty or yellowed.
Before we could even get the fence installed, we had to have the fence company we chose submit a drawing of the fence and where it would be placed on our lot to the architectural committee for our neighborhood. These committees ultimately want to give you approval before you add a fence to your yard. As a new homeowner, you want to feel in control of your new lot and what you want to do with it, but practically every neighborhood has a committee like this that takes charge. All I could hope is that they like what they see, and we stay within the guidelines they’ve already imposed for the neighborhood. And, if possible I recommend requesting a copy of the neighborhood bylaws from your builder before you even sign a contract to build a home there. You might want an enclosed fence around your new home, or something else for that matter and only come to find out later it isn’t allowed. Our neighborhood bylaws had many rules when it came to fence styles. The slats in the fence could only be so close (no closer than 3”), the height of the fence could only be 48” no chain link fences, and fences could only enclose the backyard and none of the side yard. So, far our fence style was within the style and size guidelines. One thing you must keep in mind is that these committees don’t necessarily approve your project very quickly. If you want to install a fence by this weekend’s barbecue at your house, that’s probably not enough time to get the approval. Our committee said it could take up to 30 days to approve and that was if the first drawing sent over met the guidelines. So, plan ahead if you want something to be completed by a certain date or by an event you’re having at your house. Luckily, our approval letter can in the mail about 3 weeks after we submitted the drawings.
I’ve never had a fenced yard, but we were getting excited about the ease it will create in our lives with our dogs. The fencing company came to install only about a week after our sod was put in. Our sloped yard was already wet from a rainy weather pattern and then of course, they drenched the sod after it was put in with even more water, so I recommend letting your sod be in at least a month before you have people trampling all over it to install anything in your yard. Our concrete patio was installed prior to our sod being added, so we didn’t have any issues there, but all of those fence materials and men working on installing the fence really took a toll on our new sod. It didn’t destroy our sod, but definitely stressed it out a bit and it didn’t “take” quite as well in certain areas as we’d hoped. All in all, our fence style really added to our home and enhanced the overall look, all while offering ease with pets and extra security.
Have you tried adding a fence to your yard and were you denied by your neighborhood? What kind was it? Did you put it in anyway?