Do you enjoy strolling in your backyard or taking a dip in your pool? All of these things are quite enjoyable-when you’re not exposed for the world to see. Privacy is a touchy subject. There are a lot of people who would go too far just to protect their private lives, after all who wants to expose their everyday lives to every person who passes by their house?
But sadly, it’s not as if you can jump on a ship and go to your own private island and live there all alone. No man is an island and human contact is necessary (no matter what other people think). Humans tend to flock together in a certain place and you are bound to have neighbors who would be able (intentionally or not) to snoop around your business. So many feuds have happened because of neighbors accusing one another of trespassing across their properties to spy or steal things. You can’t very well live in spite with each other, so what’s the best solution to this problem? Putting up a fence.
Back in the days, people make use of a moat (that’s a ditch filled with water) to protect their territories. People would only be able to get in through a bridge (controlled from the inside) or by swimming in the moat (but usually it has some sort of sea serpent in it). Nowadays, you needn’t have to go through such difficulty with the use of a fence. A fence can prevent trespassers to enter your property easily. They are made of different construction materials like wood, steel or concrete. The type of material used and its height varies on the purpose of the fence.
The history of fences started hundreds of years before, when servitude was still a common practice. Owners would reward incentives to their servants in the form of lands and they would fence it to prevent others from planting on their property. Some early settlers in America merely marked their property with fences to indicate that they’ve claimed this certain land.
There are so many types of fences that are available. There are high quality fences that prevent burglars from entering and some fences are built to prevent people from falling or jumping off a balcony. But never mind those because we’ll focus on the privacy fence. It is exactly what it says, a fence that provides privacy. Wood is usually the common material used and the height is strictly limited. Fences can be a source of arguments for neighboring people. These problems arise from negotiations over expenditures and adjustments of property lines.
This type of fence can also be viewed in the positive and negative side. Positive because it benefits both of you to have a sort of boundary of properties. This will also make things easier for you and your neighbor to know until where your property ends so as not to make a mistake of putting your things on their property and vice versa.
Eager to have your own privacy? Don’t go to a carpenter just yet. There are a lot of things to consider before building that fence. On top of your list is your neighbor. This is where the negative side comes in. if your neighbor is someone who is easy to get offended, he or she will view this as an insult. Your neighbor might think that you’re accusing him or her of snooping or breaking any rules of boundaries. So you have to consult your neighbors about this first and try to negotiate about the prices as well.
Here are some of the things you should know when making a privacy fence:
1. Make sure privacy fence offers you privacy
Contrary to popular beliefs, you just can’t build 20 ft. tall fences. There are special rules to the height of your fences, depending on which country you live in. But that aside, does your fence really need to be 20 ft. tall?
Do the math and estimate the height of your fence. You could put up a 6 ft. fence but that wouldn’t be enough to completely hide you from your neighbors when you’re sunbathing. Or the opposite could happen and you’re 6 ft. tall fence only had to be 3 ft. because you’re house is on a more elevated ground than theirs. You can have someone help you cut a cardboard as a makeshift fence and check if the height is what you desire it to be. It’s only a waste of materials if you don’t carefully estimate the right height for your privacy.
2. Know the property lines
You can’t just randomly put up your fence wherever you want. You might already be trespassing on your neighbor’s property and that could give you some major penalties. Not to mention that if you get it wrong, you’d have to tear your fence down and move it again-probably in the wrong property again. If you don’t have a copy of your lot’s plot plan then go the city hall and purchase another copy.
You can use a metal detector to locate the buried property stakes in the ground. They will serve as the marker of your property. Mark them with something above and use them as reference points to build your fence.
3. Don’t forget to have gates and removable privacy fences
In your excitement to have your own fences, you might forget and build it all around your house, leaving you no entry or exit points. Hey it could happen. In order to prevent this mishap, always remember to include them in your design and plan them out as well. How wide should they be and where should they be located? If you own a car, it’s better to have a rather large entrance, but if you don’t then the width should be enough for 3 people together to get inside.
You could even build a gate that could access your neighbor’s lot (if you’re on friendly terms). Also consider making removable fences for anything larger to have access in your lot.
Remember all these things and you’d be able to put up that gate in no time at all.