Column: Fences make good neighbors

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Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

With everyone spending extended time at home, we tend to take more notice of our immediate surroundings. Once the leaves start to fall, we seem to get an increased number of requests for fences, privacy panels and/or landscape screens. This year is no exception, and there may perhaps even be more requests this year. Whether the intention is to provide a little more privacy from nearby neighbors, contain a new puppy or minimize the impact of a less-than-desirable view, we can help you develop a creative solution.

Although we’re all grateful and thankful for our neighbors, sometimes it’s nice to have a little space and time where we can retreat and acknowledge that fences can make good neighbors. Social and spatial boundaries can be a good thing. When you’re feeling the need to define some boundaries, hedges, trees and other screening plants can help define and preserve your space. Fences and privacy panels also can serve the purpose.

Which element or elements we choose will be determined by considering a variety of issues, such as sun and wind exposure as well as the degree of openness or exposure you want. In the photo, you’ll see a project that combines landscaping, a pergola and decorative steel panels in an effort to block the view to the adjacent road. This imaginative solution provided the privacy needed from the surroundings while also creating a sense of enclosure for the homeowner’s outdoor living space. The neighbors like it, too!

Stay home, be moved.


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