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Fences are perhaps the most underrated feature of your property. They don’t just secure your outdoor space by marking its boundaries and keep the animals as well as intruders out but also enhance your curb appeal, provide a beautiful edging to frame your garden, and highlight your landscape design. No wonder, choosing the best backyard fence ideas is vital.

Fencing is essential, especially in the backyard area. A fence may not add as much value to your house as compared to say material and construction costs, but it does enhance the value of your property if there’s a need for this type of outdoor structure.

The average fence installation cost ranges between $13 and $25 per linear foot. Most homeowners spend between $1,600 and $3,500 for the installation project. Of course, this amount depends on the type of fencing materials used. Keep in mind that materials alone make up about 70% of the total fence installation price. So, if you’re on a tight budget, you could install wire fencing which is the cheapest fence at $2 per foot on average.

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New homeowners are often perplexed about the laws associated with building of fences. Fence laws and regulation are indeed complex as they’re mostly handled on a local level. Needless to say, you should study your local fence laws and permits before installing a new fence. 

Generally, a fence building permit is required for boundary fences — especially those that have a height of 2m or higher. If your fence is near a street intersection (within 9m), it must not be higher than 1m in height. However, a fence around a swimming pool (safety pool barrier) will always require a building permit — regardless of its height. 

Once you get the permits in place, installing a yard fence is easy enough. Just keep in mind that the yard fence design should match the style of your house and its surroundings while providing ideal solutions for all your fencing needs. 

Here’s a collection of backyard fence ideas so that you can choose a fence style that’s perfect for your home. 

1. Quaint lattice fence

Lattice fencePhoto by R3dus-01 from wikimedia commons CC BY-SA 4.0

This wooden fence with tiny square lattice design is perfect for setting up your backyard boundaries without totally shutting out the views. The ornate fence looks good on any type of setting. For a stronger and long-lasting option, you can use a patterned wrought iron, aluminum, or steel fence instead. 

2. Clean-cut composite wood fence

Composite wood fencePhoto by r. nial bradshaw on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

If you’re looking for a backyard fence idea that offers a sleek wooden fortification, this design is for you. The horizontal wood slats create an unpretentious wall that’s practical, functional, and neat-looking. This modern fence has an attractive minimalist style that most homeowners will find irresistible.

3. Stained pallet fence with gate

Pallet fenceCedar fence and gate, by Field Outdoor Spaces on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

A solid wall of naturally gorgeous, stained pallets (with a bonus fence gate!) is timeless. While the wooden coverage below offers you a good amount of privacy, the top lattice part of the fence provides lovely aesthetics. Just a fencing tip: use a wood polish to protect the wood from the elements — making it last longer. 

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4. Earthy bamboo fence

Bamboo fencePhoto by Wonderlane on flickr CC0

There’s something very dramatic about bamboo fencing. The organic fence exudes oriental charm and stability. This bamboo frame fence goes well with any setting and outdoor landscaping. The best part is, it’s easy to build and provides ample coverage. 

5. Chain link fence

Wired fencePhoto by Freepik

You can keep your backyard contained with a no-fuss chain link fence. The mesh-like fixture looks simple with clean lines. What’s more, the design aligns beautifully with today’s modern minimalism.

6. Slatted wood fence

Wooden yard fenceNew Fence, by Jeremy Reding on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Do not be fooled by the delicate look of this unique timber fence; it’s tough enough for a backyard fence. And, it’s ideal for those who want to keep the outsiders out and yet don’t want to hide their beautiful yard. The graded design provides a beautiful and captivating look. 

7. Concrete and metal fence

Metal fencePhoto by Freepik

This sturdy combination of concrete and metal bars looks elegant, minimalist, and beautiful! Moreover, the black and white combo is easy-to-maintain. We love the clean lines and the solid black paint. 

8. Vinyl picket fence

Picket fencePhoto by Kristina Paukshtite from Pexels CC0

The classy sophistication of this simple vinyl fence is matchless. The white picket fence is durable and easy to maintain too. Most homeowners agree that white still remains the best color to paint a backyard fence. Instead of vinyl, you can also opt for a wood-textured composite or real wood to get this stunning look. 

9. Barn-style raw wooden planks

Yard fencefence garden after, by Rachel Coleman on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Want to add a country-style vibe to your backyard? This barn wood fence is simple and functional. As rustic fence designs are gaining popularity, this type of fence with horizontal wood slats in a warm cedar tone, looks real smart. 

10. Solid picket fence 

White fenceNew fence and entry, with caps in place, by Peter Stevens on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

This solid white fence is one of the most evergreen fence ideas and designs. The fence has a modern style with minimalist construction. It’s the perfect choice when you want to portray beautiful traditions and tasteful style. Great choice for a garden fence!

11. Split rail fence against a solid backdrop

Wood fenceBackyard Fence/Deck Progress, by Emily May on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

A split rail fence has been integrated with a solid wooden sheet to offer more privacy. This type of fence is easy to build, affordable, and utilitarian. And, because of the two-tired fencing, is secure too. You can always customize the look with different fence paint colors. We love the natural, rustic look of wood though.

12. Gabion stone wall

Stone wallImage by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay CC0

A gabion wall for your backyard is the ultimate solution for a tough fencing option. Get a professional landscaping contractor to carefully stack the stones and align them into precise lines and shapes. The rough-looking stone wall can be made more interesting with colored stones and unique patterns.

13. Brick wall

Brick wallPhoto by Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine on flickr CC0

A basic brick wall as a fencing option is back in style. Keep the construction raw and rustic for an old-world charm. If you want to make it fit in with the other modern elements of your yard, try a white or bright red paint. Your wall will look eye-catching and make your property stand out.

Read more: Popular Types of Fences for Residences and Their Costs

13 Backyard Fence Ideas to Protect Your Garden in Style was last modified: April 3rd, 2020 by Ramona Sinha
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