“If you want to attract buyers, the front of your house has to have street appeal”
That's according to Charlie Albone from Selling Houses Australia and an easy (and often cheap) way to add tens of thousands of dollars of value to your home is to simply change your front fence design.
But, as with anything property-related, it is difficult to know what’s on trend and what will work.
So here are a couple of things that you need to consider:
1. The size and the shape of your block has a big impact on your front garden fence.
Chances are if you live in the city, you have a very short straight area infront of your house. But if you live in the suburbs, your front fence might need to curve to match the shape of your block.
So, most importantly, you need to measure your space to understand what you’re working with.
2. Not only can a sleek front fence design look amazing but it can also serve many purposes.
If you’re looking for privacy and security, you’ll want to look for something quite tall, solid that absorbs traffic noise.
If you have a small block, short transparent fences work well as they give the illusion that the block is bigger than it is.
Tip: When finding a tradie, don’t forget to ask them these eight questions.
3. In Australia, strict rules apply for pool and dividing fences but when it comes to front fences there aren’t too many rules and regulations
But you need to make sure that your fence is:
- Less than two metres high
- Not part of a retaining wall
- Double check any added regulations with your individual local council.
But, enough with the boring stuff!
We’ve done our research and have compiled a list of the best front fence ideas and designs that go beyond the white picket fence.
1. Colourbond Steel Fence
Using steel slats offers a great modern look but is also secure.
The use of matching steel to the rest of the home offers a subtle cohesiveness and draws your attention away from the fence itself.
2. DIY Slatted Wood Fence
A fun use of an awkward space and some old timber, this mis-matched fence is easy on the eye and budget.
Tip: lay the timber flat and cut pieces of wood to match before building so you don’t run out of wood.
3. Concrete Front Fence
Offering privacy and seclusion a concrete front fence is perfect for those on busy inner-city roads.
Opt for a neutral colour and don’t be afraid to give it a lick of paint every couple of years for an instant refresh.
4. Copper Front Fence
The use of copper panels gives this brick home a modern twist. The copper detailing allows light to come into the front yard with just enough privacy.
5. Timber Front Fence
The use of timber pickets along the front of this home adds instant street appeal.
Continuing the fence along the side boundary is a great way to frame corner blocks.
6. Brick Front Fence
Clever brickwork creates an artwork of its own in this glorious front fence.
Plus, the use of dark brick gives the home a modern twist.
7. Bamboo Front Fence
A great sustainable resource, bamboo adds a touch of luxe to front fence design. Whilst a bamboo front fence looks amazing, it won’t serve for security so is best suited to rural properties.
8. Mix and Match
The use of exposed brick, timber and steel adds an industrial finish to this home. It’s a risky choice but if executed well will attract the right buyers.
Bonus: Garden boundaries
If none of these fences tick your boxes and your garden is without boundaries, why not try a using hedging or a garden to set your boundaries. This works particularly well on acreage and rural properties.