Spice up your boundaries

SUPER SLATS: These modern slatted fences are still on trend and form a great backdrop for landscaping and offer privacy. Photo: Shutterstock.

SUPER SLATS: These modern slatted fences are still on trend and form a great backdrop for landscaping and offer privacy. Photo: Shutterstock.

We underestimate just how much of an impact the fence that surrounds our home has. Not only can it add value to your house, it offers security, privacy and definitely makes a statement about the style of your home.

If you are contemplating improving your fence or securing a yard for pets or privacy, it can be quite overwhelming making the choice out of all the designs and styles on offer and can come at considerable cost. The good news is, the initial outlay improves the value of your home and will last, in some cases, for decades.

Whether you have a dividing fence that shields you from your neighbours or a structure that is meant to keep pets in and out, part of your fence will often lie on a common boundary of adjoining pieces of land, though it can lie mainly or wholly on one property.

You must consult with your neighbours if you are making any changes to your fence structure as they are part-owners of this boundary. Whichever style you choose to surround your home, a dividing fence is legally the joint property of both property owners, which means anything that one owner does to it affects the other and may require cost-sharing.

In rural areas, a rustic wooden look is always popular because wood is comforting and natural and continues the theme of your landscaping or paddock. The typical 'post and rail" look has worked around larger properties for years and requires minimal upkeep.

Modern, urban builds tend to have a more contemporary feel and homeowners are opting for the "blade fencing" style, usually built with aluminium slats. This style is in high demand due to its wearability and good looks and great privacy.

Traditional shaped slats form a well-manicured backdrop, as well as decent privacy since you can choose the heights of your slats to fit your needs.

You can also choose natural wood for this style or you can paint your slatted fence to add the individual touch you crave.

As fences are the responsibility of the property owners, if you rent, you need to talk to your landlord about any problems with your fence or any changes you make around the fence.

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