Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

If I asked you to picture a fence, you’d likely envision a white painted picket fence or a silver chain link fence, the ones we see most often.  With just a little imagination we can truly make fences beautiful neighbors. Keep these in mind when you’re considering your new fence options.

corrugated galvanized steel fenceGalvanized corrugated steel panels are a sleek modern economical fence.  They are durable and virtually maintenance free.

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redwood fenceThe natural oils in redwood make it inherently resistant to insects, fire, warping, and twisting.  Redwood’s density makes it withstand weather conditions better than other woods, increasing its life span and reducing the maintenance required.  Purchase redwood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that it has been grown and harvested responsibly. This fence combines new and reclaimed redwood.

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Cor-Ten steel fenceAnd my all time favorite material….Cor-Ten steel. Also known generically as weathering steel, its specific alloys produce a stable rust layer that becomes a protective coating. It’s durability in appropriate applications is unmatched, and its patina improves with age. This stunning fence is crafted from individually laser cut steel blades.  Use full size Cor-Ten panels for an economical, show stopping, no fuss fence.

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cedar and fir fenceRed cedar, much like redwood, is naturally resistant to insects, fire, rot, and decay. It’s hard to compete with the allure of beauty, durability, and low maintenance. Show your personality by crafting a unique pattern with different board widths.

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perforated copper panelsCopper panels create one-of-a-kind modern yet timeless fences.  When they’re perforated as in this installation, air and light can pass through.  The patina that untreated copper develops with time and exposure makes it more elegant with age. Perforated panels are available in other metals to suit your taste and budget.

What’s your favorite of these? Mine is the perforated copper. Be sure to share the good fence info with your neighbors and friends!

Imagine the possibilities,

Denise

Top 5 Timeless Exterior Design Picks

As you begin to plan projects for the new year, let me wish you nature outside your window and shelter that inspires you.  This year let’s say buh bye to ordinary and embrace exterior design elements that are timeless, top notch performers, always in style, and often overlooked.

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Fiber cement siding panels are a durable modern blend of cement, cellulose fiber, and sand. You often see horizontal fiber cement siding that mimics traditional wood siding yet the full sheets are rarely used. These panels handle water, heat, cold, and ultra violet radiation with style and a brilliant array of colors.

Metal siding 2 the opendoorstudioblogspotdotcomGalvanized steel is a unique choice for building siding. The numerous benefits include durability, low maintenance, resistance to ants, termites, mold, and mildew.

Armadillo summer houseTile is available in the most delicious styles and sizes up to five feet by ten feet.  It is durable, color fast, fire and frost resistant. The possibilities to make your design statement are endless.

studio 804 shou sugi ban 1Shou sugi ban is an ancient method of charring Japanese cypress. The burning process makes the wood resistant to fire, pests, and rot. The stunning natural characteristics of the wood are exaggerated to create a durable material of exceptional beauty.

Corten steel sidingAnd my all time favorite material….Cor-Ten steel. Also known generically as weathering steel, its specific alloys produce a stable rust layer that becomes a protective coating. It’s durability in appropriate applications is unmatched, and its patina improves with age.

Share these low maintenance exterior siding beauties with your friends…pass it on!

Imagine the possibilities,

Denise