Last fall I wrote about my fence design dilemma. https://modmissy.com/2011/10/14/my-fence-design-dilemma. Well the dilemma is still ongoing as I have not yet decided on the design of the fence that desperately needs replacing in my backyard. Last weekend I decided to hang out in the city or as I like to call it I was a “tourist in Toronto” and took the opportunity to visit many different neighborhoods. No sense travelling to other world cities if I don’t know my own city! While walking through various residential areas I made a point of looking for interesting fence designs. This is a great time of year to do some research as the greenery that will soon hide fences has not yet started to grow. I noticed a design theme emerging with many of the style of fences that I came across – horizontal fence boards. With my camera in hand I took photos of my findings.
One of the first fences I came across was this one and I liked it for a few reasons. I liked the framing effect of the horizontal boards giving the appearance of panels; like a Shoji screen. And I like the colour. Definitely a good contender.
Next was a fence with horizontal boards that was not framed. I really liked how the fence mirrored the design of the garage door. Not to mention the fabulous contemporary house! Although I thought that if it were not for the garage door this fence could have appeared less residential and more commercial-like.
Then I came across this unique fence that appeared both traditional and contemporary in design. Built into a brick wall were panels with horizontal wood. Breaking up the hardness of a solid brick wall the wood gave a soft relief to the fence. This fence felt like English Garden meets Zen Garden. I think this backyard would be interesting to ‘room scape’ in the summer.
Then I came across this fence that also had horizontal boards but the boards were staggered. Being built in sections with very tall fence posts I felt that the mix of horizontal boards with prominent fence posts was a juxtaposition of styles.
So after a day of research I think I have come a little closer to solving my fence design dilemma. Or maybe not!
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