Turn of the century homes are full of grandeur and style

We love to see the beautiful houses dotted around our neighborhoods and like the thought of living in one someday.

Those of us lucky enough to live in one know the importance of upkeep and in keeping with existing styles, materials and designs

We often see the need for a fence or maybe the replacing of an older one.

Inquiries often ask about fence types and the ones best suited to turn of the century homes.

Any list of solutions would include the following points:

  • Choose The Right Material
  • Go With An Existing Style
  • Keep Height Under Control
  • A Picket Fence Is Always Good
  • Use Fence Post Caps

Let’s take a closer look at the list to help you make the right choice.

Choose The Right Material

Wood was the favored building material in turn of the century homes.

If you want to be true to the era, then you should go with wood throughout the fencing project.

You may even find that local laws prohibit the use of other materials and you should check before starting the work.

Vinyl can be a perfect replacement for wood and the range of styles often match existing fences, but check what you can do before using vinyl on the project.

Go With An Existing Style

If you are lucky enough to have an original fence on the property, then you can copy its style when buying a new fence.

Take a photo of the fence and show it to the fencing supply company.

They will know the style and supply you with a matching fence.

You may need to replace all of the old fence, but getting one similar to the original will help keep the house looking as it should do.

Keep Height Under Control

Turn of the century gardens were open-plan when it came to the front yards.

The owners liked to show-off the lovely style of their homes and kept their fences as low as possible.

A low fence also allowed the owners to keep an eye on passing traffic.

Remember to keep a fence to the front of your home at a maximum of 4-foot in height.

Local laws will probably keep you under the limit too.

You may go higher on fences to the rear of the property but check with neighbors and the local building official before installing the fence.

A Picket Fence Is Always Good

Picket fences came into popularity at the end of the 19th century.

Homeowners liked the style around the front yard, and the look remains as popular today.

You can choose from a variety of picket fence styles, and if you need to match with an existing one, or the neighbor’s fence, that should not be a problem

A white, wood picket fence with spearhead rails is the classic turn of the century style, and if you combine it with matching fence posts, you are onto a winner.

A cute picket fence gate will look great as an entrance to your property.

Use Fence Post Caps

Those old house builders liked their decoration, and they continued the touch of style with their fences.

Fence post caps on the turn of the century home fences usually match the overall style of the property.

You can use a New England Ball Cap or the New England Pyramid style cap to add that certain feel to your fence.

Decorative lamps go well on a fence post too, and the solar-powered units do not require wiring, which makes installation so much easier.

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