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Fencing a Home in a True New Zealand Way

Fencing a Home in a True New Zealand Way

The kind and type of a fence you pick will determine the key benefits for your home while elevating or ruining your exterior design along the way. A variety of fencing options in the market can be overwhelming, but with proper guidance and careful planning, you will easily find the right one.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Your house, your kingdom, and a fence is the guardian of its borders. A barrier around your property is equally important as an aesthetic, security, and privacy feature. The kind and type of a fence you pick will determine the key benefits for your home while elevating or ruining your exterior design along the way. A variety of fencing options in the market can be overwhelming, but with proper guidance and careful planning, you will easily find the right one.

Practical Reasons to Put Fence Around Your Property

Safety above all. Most people consider protecting their home a concern on top of all others. For families with kids or pets or both, it works in two directions. A confined yard will keep unwanted visitors mostly out, while securing your precious ones in.

If you belong to this group, you’ll probably opt for a fence that is taller and harder to climb over. A security fence, in general, is about eight feet tall, usually made of metal that might or might not feature pointy edges. Features like horizontal rails are best to avoid.

If privacy is what you desire most, then your fence design should provide a complete or fragmentary shield from view. Pick a taller type of fence with limited or none spacing between boards. Timber fencing and stone walls make a great choice here. Additionally, if your home is situated in a busy street, this kind of fence can secure more peaceful and quiet yard space.

Suppose that you live on the beach or the rooftop. In this case, you’re probably looking for a way to shield from winds but not at the cost of blocking spectacular views. Obviously, glass is your best bet here.

Property Fencing in New Zealand - DuraPanel DELTA by Boundaryline

Different Fence Ideas and How They Affect Your Design

After you determine the primary intention, the next step would be to define the style. In this phase, you should consider your personal taste as much as the design of your house. It will help you eliminate unsuitable choices and narrow down the selection further.

The architecture of your home should make it easy to reduce the list. For instance, surrounding a traditionally designed house, laser-cut composite wall panels would probably appear out of place. Brick, stone walls, or ornamental metal fencing would make a much more sensible choice. A contemporary farmhouse will do well with timber fencing while modern fencing will blend nicely with glass.

Pool Fencing

Frameless glass fencing is an ideal choice for surrounding a pool. It will keep the area safe while providing no eye barrier to reduce the aesthetics of your backyard. In general, any kind of glass fence will suffice, and you can even DIY.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Glass Pool Fencing?

The estimated cost of a glass fence starts around $630 per square meter for framed options, $885* per square meter for semi-framed, and $1,150 per square meter for frameless ones.

Swimming Pool Glass Fencing - Frameless Fencing by BelAire Designer Fencing

Timber Fencing: Picket Fence, Paling Fence, and Other

Wood is an appealing way to secure high levels of privacy and security. Timber fencing belongs to the most popular types, due to its affordability but also the variety of styles. On the dark side, maintenance is the downside of this choice, as you need to paint, seal and stain a timber fence regularly. It’s not the most durable option around, either.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Timber Fencing?

Timber fencing price starts at approximately $200 per square meter, depending on the wood type. Premium hardwoods can go as high as $1000 per lineal meter.

Kwila Timber Fencing by Timberline

Paling Fence

A timber paling fence is typically built using treated pine plinth, rails and palings. A variety of materials can be used, including all hardwood, if desired (recommended in windy areas). Paling fence’s advantage is the natural look of timber. You can also paint it to match the style of your home and patio.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Paling Fence?

For a typical timber paling fence, you can expect to pay approximately $140-$180 per lineal meter .

Timber Fence Palings by Timberline

Picket fence

A picket fence is the most embellishing among timber fencing options. You can raise it in a traditional style, or opt for a contemporary look. While a wood picket fence can be a somewhat costly solution, PVC and vinyl present more affordable alternatives. PVC sometimes contains wood inside to make it more sturdy and can survive long even in severe weather conditions. Vinyl is a bit more expensive to install, effortless to paint, and a breeze to maintain with water and soap.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Picket Fence?

Expect to pay between $50 to $65 per meter for PVC picket fencing. Wooden picket fencing starts at approximately $180 per meter for an unpainted fence, depending on the size, type, and grade of wood you choose.

Picket Fencing by MLC Group

Composite Fencing

What is Composite Fencing?

Composite fence looks and feels like a wooden fence but its generally made from recycled plastics and wood fibres. The exact composition and proportion of binding material vary from one composite fence to another. The main advantage of this type of fence is that you'll never have to paint or stain them.

Longevity, durability, and low-maintenance, made composite fencing one of the most popular solutions around. This type is exceptionally resistant to rot and mould, and can last over 20 years, which is longer than most traditional wooden fences do.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Composite Fencing?

On average, expect to pay around $40 per square meter for a composite fence panel.

ModWood Composite Fencing by Timberline

Metal Fencing

Wrought iron is probably the first thing to imagine when it comes to metal fencing. It features quite unique, elegant, traditional, sometimes even seriously impressive appeal. Long stakes with sharp pieces on tops also enhance protection of the property, making it hard to jump over. This type is durable and sturdy, but if you aim for privacy, it’s probably not your cup of tea.

Wrought iron requires a lot of maintenance, including annual sanding and painting to prevent rust.

An affordable and low-maintenance alternative is the aluminium fence, resistant to rust and corrosion, strong, and easy to incorporate into the style of your home.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Metal Fencing?

Wrought iron price starts around $168 for a 1.2 x 2m panel. Powder-coated steel is about $70 per square meter. Price for aluminium fence panels starts from $300 per meter installed.

Metal Fencing DuraPanel Polo by Boundaryline

Stone Wall Fences and Pillars

New Zealand is rich in natural stone that makes beautiful fences. Often designed to immerse in the natural environment, stone walls provide exceptional privacy and classy, timeless appeal.

Oamaru stone walls, stacked stone walls made from schist, Higuera stone, are just some of the options popular across the country.

Dry stone walls are an alternative to traditional ones. These are made of stones fitted together without cement. Dry stone walls, however, require professional installation, and that process can be expensive.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Stone Walls?

The price of a 150mm block of Oamaru stone is around $70 while Central Otago schist retails for about $400 square meters. Hinuera stone starts at $90 per meter. These estimations comprise prices of materials without installation.

Stone Walls & Stone Pillars by Auckland Stonemasons

Consider Neighbourhood Rules and Fence Regulations

There are some simple rules and regulations about fencing that should be considered and checked to make sure that the desired choice complies with these requirements.

The Fencing Act sets out your obligations and rights to help maintain friendly neighbour relations. If you share a boundary with your neighbour, there is an option to share the bill too. If you can not reach an agreement, you must serve your neighbour with a "fencing notice" in order to start a formal process. The same applies to the situation where you can't agree about the fence type; however, your neighbour generally doesn't have to pay any more than half the cost of an "adequate" fence.

Ideally, your fence/fence posts should be placed in the middle of the boundary line. A height of up to 2 metres doesn't require planning consent from the local council.

If you still feel overwhelmed with choices and possibilities, ArchiPro can help you find the right professional for all your fencing needs and questions. Simply click "Contact supplier" on the product's page or visit the supplier's website directly from the product's page.

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