Front walls vs fences - our tips and advice

In this blog post we compare front walls and fences. Read on for our tips and advice.

Front walls vs fences - our tips and advice

Often it's a matter of cost. Fences are less expensive to install, but garden walls are more substantial, longer-lasting and define the border of the garden better. There are fences to suit every style of house, so don't restrict yourself to the usual slatted, panel and closeboard varieties. If you want to play it safe, a post and chain fence looks sophisticated outside a Georgian terrace; wrought-iron complements a Victorian façade; a traditional picket fence is perfect around a rose-covered cottage; and a utilitarian corrugated iron fence works brilliantly with a chic modern house.

Consistency is important so if your property is painted, think carefully before using a different colour for the fence or wall. With a brick house, make every effort to use the same type of brick and bonding for the front wall - you can find reclaimed bricks to match most types. With a stone property, build a stone wall from the same kind of stone. Before you build any fence or wall, check with your local planning department. You will need planning permission if the structure is beside a highway and is over 1m in height. When you're designing a new front wall or fence, take the opportunity to find a place to store your rubbish bins or bikes, perhaps with a section high enough to hide them from view. But beware before you incorporate what you think is the perfect bin-sized container. Councils are prone to changing their minds about dustbin/wheelie bin sizes, so your wellcrafted design might find itself in the bin.