As fall is coming to a close and winter is going to be rolling in (hopefully not too quickly!), many of us are already looking at our projects for next summer. During the fall cleanup, you may have been reminded just how little privacy you have without the leaves on the trees or just how much damage animals can do to your yard. It might be time for you to build that fence! Here are three things you can get ready for the winter.
1. Plan your layout
There’s more to a fence than just privacy. A well-designed fence allows you to maintain full access to your yard and adds a touch of aesthetic to your home. Start by figuring out how high you want your fence to be. Many rushed jobs have led to fences that can easily be peaked over or that feel like massive, impregnable walls. Although that might be just what you are looking for, it’s always better to plan for it! Next, plan out where you would want your gates to be located (you should have at least 2). For now, this can be approximate as you will get a more precise idea when you rope off the layout in the spring. Finally, we always recommend making one removable section that will allow you to access your yard with large machinery or loads.
2. Learn about local restrictions
Many communities across the country require the purchase of a permit before building a fence. Take a few minutes and either call your city or visit their website to learn about their specific requirements. This can save you a ton of headaches and fines! Also, while you have them on the phone, ask about any regulations regarding fences. Some towns require you maintain a distance from the property line, a maximum height, etc. Trust me when I say that having this conversation outside of the peak building season will save you a lot of time.
3. Take some design decisions
It’s going to be cold outside so you may as well check out some ideas online and find some inspiration for your fence. It’s a fairly big project and you really want to get it right the first time. Keep in mind that if you have slopes, you will have to decide how to accommodate for them (usually a parallel or a step fence design).
The winter is a perfect time to start putting together ideas for your summer projects. Let us know how it goes and if you have any other ideas for the winter, please share them below!