Front gardens come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. They can be a beautiful and decorative introduction to your home, but these days they are more commonly used for a functional purpose, like a space to park your car or to store wheelie bins. A fence can completely change the overall look of your garden, but it can be difficult to know what appropriate fencing and gate you should choose. So I’ve put together some suggestions, along with a few tips.

Selecting the appropriate fence…

A fence can absolutely change the look of your garden and the way your house is viewed. Ensure you consider the purpose of the fence as this is very important. Maybe your looking for privacy or security, to keep animals and children in and safe, or maybe you’re looking for a decorative feature. More common than not a front garden fence is lower than that of a back garden. Be sure to pick a style that’ll suit your house – perhaps there’s a particular look you have on the inside that you could replicate in the garden. There are many different types of fencing, so let’s take a look at a few:

Picket fencing

This is very common to use in front gardens. They are very recognisable with their neat and evenly spaced vertical boards. They offer a decorative, safe and clear boundary, but they won’t give you much privacy. Conventionally, you will find they are wooden and painted white.

Trellis

Trellis is an excellent way to create a decorative but distinct garden boarder. Despite it being very open, training plants to grow along it will make your fence feel more private and very pretty.

Traditional lap panel fencing

This is the most common type of garden fencing. It’s main purpose is to provide excellent privacy and security.

Top Tip: select a fence which is attractive on both sides. After all, you are going to be the one staring at it every day.

Railing

Railing is a beautiful option for the front garden. Normally they are metal, sturdy and are great in harsh winters. You can choose a very flamboyant design that will really make a statement, or you choose a more understated option for a clean, modern, and sleek feel to the garden.

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Choosing the right gate…

A garden gate acts as a portal and entrance to your private space from the outside world. In addition, a gate can help to finish the look of your fence or wall. Picking the right gate is crucial, and, again, it’s always a good idea to keep the purpose of the gate at the forefront of your mind.

Wooden gates

Gates commonly are made from wood or metal but both can serve a very different purpose. For a more sturdy but traditional option, wood is your best choice. As well as providing privacy, wooden gates can be extremely decorative.

Top Tip: ensure you choose a wood that will  match any existing fences as this will give you a more streamlined feel to your garden.

Metal gates

Metal gates are classy and will look more formal. They are frequently made more open using bars therefore making them less private than a wooden gate. However, metal will last longer, so is often the preferred option for front gardens.

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