Fence me in.

My personal favourite and probably the least practical, least useful, most expensive, most difficult to maintain!

My personal favourite and probably the least practical.  Photo from Glamour Drops.

The question of front fencing came up.  Firstly, we want to budget for all our house-related costs and secondly, there was a fleeting thought that we could get council approval for the front fence at the same time as the house.  But, in breaking news, council have already granted planning consent, and I’ve since discovered we don’t need council approval for a front fence unless we want to vary from their standards.   In any case, I spent the past week trawling the web and roaming the streets in search of front fence inspiration.

Here’s the situation:

  • We are going to use the front yard as a back yard.  It will host a little veggie patch, the compost bin and space for the kids to play.  It also has to accommodate the usual driveway and front door access.
  • We are thinking of a fence and gate that keeps the kiddies in and strolling dogs out.
  • I love fence designs that include wood.
  • My husband fears years of his life will be dwindled away maintaining a wood fence.
  • The City of Mandurah has somewhat complicated front fence regulations that I don’t entirely understand.  (I’ll include them in the fine print, just in case any of those engineery or drafty-type people are reading and feel like having a go at explaining the details to me.)
    Probably the best match with the landscaping design planned for the canal side of our house.  This garden is designed and constructed by Tim Davis Landscaping.

    Probably the best match with the landscaping planned for the canal side of our house. This garden is designed and constructed by Tim Davis Landscaping.

    Not wood.  Plain and simple, for showing off the garden.  Photo from

    Not wood. Plain and simple, for showing off the garden. Photo from Factory Direct Fencing.

    A lovely and interesting mix of materials, kept low.  Photo from

    A lovely and interesting mix of materials, kept low. Photo from Patrick Gheorghiu Architectural Design.

    A simple fence, glammed up with a piece of metal art and plants.

    A simple fence, glammed up with a piece of metal art and plants.  The work of Sustainable Garden Design Perth, photo from Houzz.

     

The fine print:

Excerpt from The City of Mandurah’s standards for residential fences:

  • No part of the fence (including footings) is allowed to encroach into the road verge.
  • A front fence that exceeds 750mm in height is not permitted within a 1.5m x 1.5m visual truncation on each side of any driveway where it meets a front boundary. This truncation will not be required provided the driveway and crossover is wider than 6 metres and a footpath is not located within 1.5 metres of the front fence.
  • Any portion of a front fence that is higher than 1.2m must be visually permeable. 
  • The maximum acceptable height of a front fence is 1.8m. Piers/posts (with a maximum dimension of 500 x 500), may be incorporated in the fence up to a maximum height of 2.1m.

And here’s a reminder of how the front of our block will look:

Driveway 4.8 m wide and not much room between the driveway and the neighbour's boundary for the truncated thingermeejig.

Driveway 4.8 m wide and not much room between the driveway and the neighbour’s boundary for the truncated thingermeejig.

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7 thoughts on “Fence me in.

  1. Sarah Love says:

    Gotta love council regulations! Actually the planners at Mandurah are great and if you go in or phone they explain it all really well and will look at specifics of your plans and let you know if it needs planning permission. Love the idea of the front garden being the back garden!

  2. Kaye says:

    In our salty neck of the beach, wood finishes don,t last very long.
    Various types of wooden/ combination fences were very popular 3 or 4 years ago. Look great when they,re new.
    I suggested to Dan he start up a timber fence restoration business because so many of them now look pretty tired. ( just a thought )

    • I know you are right Kaye. I was in Ocean Grove on the weekend and saw hundreds of very ordinary looking wood fences that were probably beautiful when new. Maybe some wood that is already aged (railway sleepers?) or, dare I say it, some fake wood might be the go.

  3. Jo says:

    Glad to hear Australia is not shirking their red tape rigmarole duties. Oddly, I’m not comforted here in the US knowing that. We have tomes on what MUST happen during our building. Lots of hoops to jump through. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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