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How to Plan and Build a Privacy Fence


The housing market has become much more competitive over the last few years, as demand remains high in the face of rising house prices. As it stands, existing homeowners are incentivized to make the most of their own properties, choosing to make their home suit them through renovation.

One of the most overlooked parts of any renovation project is the garden – and especially its boundary fencing. Low fencing can create a sense that your space is not your own, and also potentially invite crime; installing a privacy fence, though, can return your space to you, and allow you to feel more comfortable. How might you plan and build one?

Initial Ideas

Before you make any specific inroads into your fence-building, there are some simple things for you to decide upon. Firstly, how high will your fence be? Your privacy needs will differ greatly depending on the specifics of your plot; for example, if your neighbors are uphill from you, you may need a taller fence to break line-of-sight between lower floors.

Your wider plans for your garden might also have an impact on your fencing plans. On an aesthetic basis alone, you might have some difficult decisions to make to preserve the theme of your garden. Certain kinds of panel may also be more conducive to horticulture, with the strength and durability to handle creeping or wall-hanging plants.

Legal Considerations

The chief concern in planning your privacy fence, though, relates to the legal frameworks within which you need to work. As far as planning permission is concerned, you will not need any – but you will need to ensure that your fence does not encroach on your neighbors’ property.

There is also, of course, a human element to this. Even if your privacy fences follow your boundary lines to the millimeter, your neighbors may have a different understanding of theirs. A simple conversation regarding your plans will often suffice to keep the peace – but forming a boundary agreement with them can make your fence planning much simpler and less stressful. Conversation will be necessary where you are replacing an existing fence.

Materials and Equipment

With the administrative issues resolved and your fence vision finalized, you can begin to collect the materials and equipment you’ll need to get started. In terms of materials, sourcing a well-regarded and reliable supplier of fence panels will minimise supply-related issues, and enable you to secure your preferred panels without compromise.

You will also need to invest in some tools if you are endeavoring to fit the fence yourself. A post hole digger is necessary for easily fitting or replacing fence posts; you will also need to make a decision between screws and nails for fixing your fence – and hence, to choose between a nail gun and drill driver for fence finishing.


Putting up a privacy fence is a relatively simple endeavor, and even more so if adequate fence posts are already in place for your replacements. If this is the case, fitting new panels is as simple as sliding them in. But if you are building from scratch, the hardest part is fence post installation. You may benefit from an extra pair of hands or a day’s skilled labour to install these correctly.

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