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How to Plan Your Own DIY Fence

Are you looking to spruce up your back garden this summer? One of the easiest ways in which you can make your garden look smarter and overall more polished is to build a fence! This is a DIY project that is sure to bring you a tonne of satisfaction as you watch your hard work and effort result in a fence to be proud of. However, before you start building your own garden fence, there is quite a bit of preparation and planning that you will need to invest time into to ensure that your fencing DIY project goes to plan and without a hitch. This can range from getting planning permission, all the way up to researching and planning the style of your fence.

Below, we will be taking you through the different steps that you should go through before you get started building your first garden fence.

Planning

Are There Any Local Restrictions?
Before you jump right in and build your first fence, it is important that you ensure there is no local restriction in place first that will mean you cannot build your own garden fencing. While it is uncommon for fencing to be illegal where you live, this still does happen from time to time and so to ensure that your hard work is not torn down as soon as you have completed it, check for any local restrictions. We would recommend contacting your local planning department before starting the process so you do not waste valuable time and money!

Get A Permit
In many cities, you will need a building permit if you are looking to build your own fence. Having a permit will give you complete peace of mind that your fence will not be torn down after your hard work is completed. So, why exactly do you need a permit? Well, when you are placing fence panels you will often have to dig down quite deep and there are usually electrical, gas and sewer lines located below the ground. Furthermore, water mains will be located under the ground too. You can have someone come out to your home and mark down any areas in which there are wires or pipes located and this can help to ensure the overall safety of your project.

Choose the Right Materials
When building a garden fence, this is an investment in your home that you will be hoping last for a very long time. While building a garden fence can be fun, no one wants to be putting in a new fence every other year! Price is not always a reflection of the quality when it comes to garden fencing and cheap fence panels can be just as good as the more expensive wood. What it really comes down to here is making sure that you choose the right materials rather than focusing just on price. Using the best types of wood for garden fencing and ensuring that you treat them well will allow them to last as long as twenty years, sometimes even more!

However, if you choose the wrong type of wood then your garden fence lasts a considerably shorter length of time, with some only lasting around 5 years. Make sure to do your research before hand to find out which type of wood will be best for you garden, however, we would normally suggest that you go with treated wood as this tends to be the most popular option.

You can even buy DIY kits from Buy Fencing Direct who provide packs to help you build your own unique fence that are perfect for sloping or uneven ground. If this is something you feel would be more suited to your DIY project, you can view their fencing products by visiting the following link; https://www.buyfencingdirect.co.uk/fencing/.

What Style Will You Choose?
As we mentioned before, one of the biggest advantages to building your own fence is that you can create exactly the style of fence that you want without having to compromise which is something many people have to do when they are choosing to install a pre-made fence. No one wants to end up with builders remorse and so it is important that you do your research into the many different styles of fencing that you can build before you get started. Just a few of the designs that you can potentially go with include shadow box, convex, concave, privacy, board on board, lattice and picket. However, this is just a few of the different styles that you can potentially choose from and there are plenty more out there if none of these styles particularly catch your eye. You can find some inspiration for fencing at https://www.pinterest.co.uk/charles/fencing/.

Now that you know how to plan your first DIY fence, what are you waiting for? Make sure to purchase top quality fencing materials to get your new project underway.
Create your perfect back garden space for this summer!

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