Providing privacy and safety, fences also play a major role in beautifying a neighborhood and increasing the resale value of your home. This is particularly true in Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods like Echo Park, Eagle Rock and Highland Park, where fences often add to the character of homes and streets.
While fences serve a number of practical purposes, deterring crime and bringing safety and privacy to your home, they also mean a lot to neighbors and passersby. Your fence sets the tone in the kind of relationship you form with the people on the other side of it. Are you shutting out your neighbors? Erecting a fence that hides your house sets the mood for an unfriendly neighborhood. Low fences are more amicable, and studies have shown that the smallest fences deter crime by implying boundaries.
Your choice of fence style also plays a role in how safe the neighborhood is perceived. Bars over your windows or around your yard tell onlookers that this neighborhood experiences crime, impacting the desirability of the homes in it. Wrought-iron posts in cement blocks will make your home look more like a detention center. Urban decay starts with a changing mood. How would you feel if you saw window-barred homes near a house you were looking to buy? There are many delectable styles of fence that ward off burglars to the same effect. A strong fence can only provide so much resistance without an adequate security system for your house.
Your choice of fence can function to highlight the authentic architecture of your home. If you live in a Craftsman or cottage-style home, an arbor over your front walk would fit nicely with a picket or horizontal wooden fence. These fences, as well as rail fences, also look great around traditional homes. Enhance your Spanish-style house with rustic and board type fences as well as solid walls.
What kind of fence is common in your neighborhood? Though the choices of fence on your street may not also work for you, you don't want a fence that sticks out like a sore thumb. For example, it might be more common in your neighborhood to have short, ornamental fences, in which case a tall, austere fence would seem obstructive. Paying attention to the design, quality and size of nearby fences will help you to select a fence for your home that fits in.
Privacy is a top concern for homeowners looking to construct a fence. Your local building and safety department can provide you with fence regulations. A permit may be required if you opt to construct certain types of fences, or fences above a certain height.