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

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:20 am
by rfrink
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

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:30 am
by rockland
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.

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:10 am
by CapitalMod
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.

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:38 am
by scowsa
Here's one of the longer threads on this topic

Here is what I came up with...

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:28 am
by rfrink
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?

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:16 am
by clarksdaleplace
Nice job!
Good combo of style and function - did you do it all yourself?
http://www.clarksdaleplace.blogspot.com

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:19 am
by jakabedy
That is terrific looking. Well done!

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:56 am
by Luka
That's really impressive

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:13 am
by WiscoUsonIan

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:12 pm
by rfrink
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

Vintage MCM Fence Examples

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:35 am
by BAZ_MCM
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,

-Baz

http://AtomicIndy.com

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 6:49 am
by turboblown
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.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:34 am
by Dan O.
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.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:14 am
by egads
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.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 9:39 am
by Dan O.
Oh, you're right, my bad.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 12:01 pm
by scowsa
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

Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 5:41 am
by BAZ_MCM
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

Cheers,

-Baz

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:26 am
by robbhouston
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?

--Robb