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Help! I'm in need of fence ideas and photos.

Postby rfrink » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:20 am

I would like to have a fence installed in our backyard to create a nice outdoor living space that we can enjoy with our dogs.

Of course I want a cool modern design...perhaps mixing a variety of elements such as stone/block/stucco, iron/steel and wood. Our house is a long and low Mid Century ranch.

I have the resources to fabricate ornamental sections from metal...but I do not have the creative design talent to come up with a concept on my own.

Please help me find photos and design ideas.

I haven't been able to find much online....mainly regular fences...but little on the unique side.

This is one of my favorites:

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I would like to combine this idea with sections of metal...and perhaps stone..


Please share your thoughts, ideas, links and suggestions.

Sincere thanks!
-Rob

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Postby rockland » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:30 am

try the search function.

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/search.php?mode=results

Might be a way to narrow it down but just looking through brings
up some interesting ideas.

A google 'image' search for 'modern fence' brings up some ideas.
I don't mean to run you off on a search. If you find some interesting
ideas that you like, post them back here for discussion.

I need some more ideas myself.

I'll be in Larchmont NY next week and plan to photo some fence ideas.

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Postby CapitalMod » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:10 am

Get a hold of those old Sunset books from the early 60s. I have one that details fences and gates and a couple of others that discuss patios and backyards. Plenty of photos and ideas. Look no further.

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Postby scowsa » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:38 am

Here's one of the longer threads on this topic
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Here is what I came up with...

Postby rfrink » Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:28 am

I'm finished with my fench project...here is what I came up with:


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I took ideas that I found online...the major source was from a webpage by "Dan Wohl....?" (I can no longer find that page).

Anyway, I fabricated the structure from steel tubing. The posts are 4x4 steel and each section between the posts can be easily removed if needed.

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Whattaya think?

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Postby clarksdaleplace » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:16 am

Nice job!
Good combo of style and function - did you do it all yourself?
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Postby jakabedy » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:19 am

That is terrific looking. Well done!
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Postby Luka » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:56 am

That's really impressive

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Postby WiscoUsonIan » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:13 am

View my documentation blog:

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Postby rfrink » Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:12 pm

Thank you very much for the kind words!

Yes, I did it myself....except for the short section on the left in this photo

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That is a commercial fence installed by a contractor. I had to coordinate my section with them...and with a concrete contractor who poured a new patio slab.

The design idea is not mine...but was an inspiration that I found online. I just tweaked the geometery and proportions to fit my requirements and taste.

Thanks again!

-Rob

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Vintage MCM Fence Examples

Postby BAZ_MCM » Tue May 08, 2012 5:35 am

Scoured through my collection of vintage landscaping books and put together a post with inspiration and planning advice. Good luck on everyone's summer projects.

http://www.atomicindy.com/2012/05/mid-c ... art-1.html

Cheers,

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Postby turboblown » Wed May 09, 2012 6:49 am

The "basketweave" was very common around PA with the 50s and 60s ranches and MCM homes....not sure about anywhere else though. Any self-respecting drive-in theater around here was loaded with them!

http://www.austexfenceanddeck.com/wp-co ... mg1288.JPG

This shows one of wood, although ones around here usually had the horizontal panels made from sheet metal painted two alternating colors; white and orange or white and green being two of the most common.

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Postby Dan O. » Wed May 09, 2012 9:34 am

Love the "basketweave" fence, now and then I'll run across some original examples still standing around MCM-era homes. It should be noted that the 4"X4" posts are hidden when the fence is viewed from the side opposite from the one shown in the photo.

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Postby egads » Wed May 09, 2012 10:14 am

Hidden? No they are not. One of the things that make this type of fence desirable is that it looks the same from both sides.

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Postby Dan O. » Thu May 10, 2012 9:39 am

Oh, you're right, my bad.

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Postby scowsa » Sun May 13, 2012 12:01 pm

Our unusual triangular lot, with streets on two sides, called for 400 feet of fencing. So I was looking for a low cost, low maintenance option.

Went with Hardi-Plank, designing it using the stock 12' long planks and selecting different widths. The two color tones in the different widths was how it came.

Hardi-Plank, while durable, needs support every 3', so the fence framework was framed out with main posts every 6' and and then thinner "strengtheners" added at 3' after the horizontal boards went up. A lot cheaper option than any reasonable quality wood.

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Fence Installation Complete

Postby BAZ_MCM » Mon May 14, 2012 5:41 am

Knocked out the fence installation this weekend.


by , on Flickr

You can see more here: http://www.atomicindy.com/2012/05/mid-c ... art-2.html

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Postby robbhouston » Tue May 15, 2012 7:26 am

BAZ_MCM,

Cool fence! It kinda reminds me of something you might see by a swingin' mcm motel, or perhaps a drive in movie theater (I mean those as compliments).

Have your neighbors chimed in with an opinion?

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