What Kind of Fence Is Right for Your Front Yard?

by Erin Fernschild 01/17/2022

Adding a fence to your front yard can completely transform the look of your home. Regardless of what size yard you might have, fencing makes a statement as well as provides functionality. So what type of front yard fence is best for your home? Here we’ll go over some of the most popular options and how they can increase your curb appeal.

Picket Fence

While the idea of the “white picket fence” might sound like a cliche, picket fences are extremely versatile and can easily fit more modern and unique homes. Picket fencing is low, only standing about 3 feet tall, which allows for excellent visibility of the yard and home facade while still providing an enclosure. Picket fencing is typically made of wood but is also available in vinyl in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

One of the significant advantages of a picket fence is that since it’s low, it’s more likely to be within the rules and codes set by HOAs or other municipalities. Because of the myriad aesthetic options available, you can create a unique look for your home while still keeping the area enclosed—especially helpful for homeowners with dogs or young children. Planting decorative shrubs or flowers in front of a picket fence will soften the look or you can easily encourage climbing plants to attach their vines to the fence.

Wrought-Iron Fence

The wrought-iron fence is a more formal but classic style of fence. While still referred to as “wrought iron,” modern fences in this style are usually made from aluminum with a black powdered coating. While black is the traditional color they come in many colors and are easy to paint if you want to change the look. Wrought iron fences are tall, but transparent: you can see clearly through the bars to the front of the home and vice versa. This keeps the fence from looking too severe and closed-off while giving the yard a traditional, formal look.

Wrought iron fences have the advantage of transparency while still keeping the yard safely enclosed. However, depending on the size of the gaps between the bars, there may be enough room for pets or other outdoor creatures to get in and out—something to consider if you have a garden to protect.

Privacy Fence

Privacy fencing is a broad term including any kind of fence you can’t see through. Most contemporary suburban fencing falls into this category, either made of wood planks or stone. There are a ton of options with style with this type of fence and it can help you enjoy your front yard as a private outdoor space while still increasing your curb appeal. One popular trend is to have a decorative section at the top of the fence either in a carved pattern or trellis design. This adds visual interest and a bit of transparency while still keeping it private.

The key thing to consider with privacy fencing is building codes. Most homeowners associations and even local municipalities have rules about how high you can build your fence, so you will need to keep those measurements in mind when planning your front yard design. It also closes off much of the front of the home. While this adds privacy and mystique, it will hide any of the beautiful landscaping or architecture you might wish to showcase.

These are just the three most popular types of fencing you can use in your front yard. When choosing the right fence, consider things like HOA restrictions, your personal usage needs and aesthetic qualities. Making the right choice can upgrade your curb appeal and provide you other benefits.

About the Author
Author

Erin Fernschild

With an undergraduate degree in International Marketing from William Paterson University and a wealth of business experience, Erin brings a unique set of knowledge and skills to both buyers and sellers. From helping buyers purchase their perfect home to maximizing a seller’s return, Erin combines drive, creativity, and attention to detail to ensure that each transaction is a success.

In 2016, Erin obtained her real estate license and joined the RealtyQuest team at Kinard Realty Group which then merged into Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Shore & Country Properties. Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Shore & Country Properties, Erin enjoyed a successful career in finance at powerhouse companies including Deutsche Bank, Bear Stearns, and Credit Suisse. In a variety of sales and marketing roles at those companies, she handled a broad range of responsibilities, including business development, new product development, product implementation, and product marketing.

She is a great listener and communicator and knows how to tailor each transaction with the least amount of difficulty to fully meet her clients’ needs. She is a natural people person who will work tirelessly on your behalf.

A New York City transplant, Erin loves everything about Fairfield and New Haven County. She is warm and energetic, and her enthusiasm for these areas is contagious. Erin is also very active in the Stratford Community, serving as a volunteer for St. James School Stratford-CT, a member of the Lordship Improvement Association, and a parishioner at Our Lady of Peace, Lordship-CT.

When not working on real estate, Erin loves spending time with her husband and two young children and enjoys skiing, running, boating, Barre classes, restaurants, and friends.

Her friendly style, tenacity, and technological abilities provide her clients with a competitive edge in challenging markets.