Designing Your New Fence

Learn the most common fence design styles.

So you can be up-to-date on fence-building lingo.

Privacy or Stockade

Privacy or Stockade

All fence boards are lined up side to side with no gaps. The most plain and basic.

Good Neighbor

Good Neighbor

Appears the same on both sides of the fence so your neighbor isn't looking at the back of your fence. A shadow box fence is another common good neighbor fence style.

Picket

Picket

You know what a picket fence is, right? The pointed stakes or fence pickets can be shaped in many styles: pointed top, dog ear, gothic top, french gothic top.

Lattice or Trellis Top

Lattice or Trellis Top

These fences are exactly what they sound like. Lattice or trellis is mounted on top of the fence pickets. Lattice and trellis tops extend fence heights without violating city codes (pretty sneaky...). They are also great for growing vines, adding greenery and softening the look of your fence.

Split Rail

Split Rail

Made of split timbers (2 or 3 horizontal rails) supported by posts. Often used in agricultural settings. Pasture rail fencing is a less expensive alternative.

Board and Batton or Board on Board

Board and Batten or Board on Board

Similar to a privacy or stockade fence, but with an additional strip of wood (batten) attached over each seam between two pickets.  This ensures total privacy because the battens cover any gaps that might occur between pickets due to board shrinkage. The style mimics the siding of old barns.

Click here for ideas to think through when choosing your design.

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