Whether you want to shield your yard, establish safe borders, contribute to an overall garden style, or feel as if you're a world away, a fence can be an asset in your outdoor spaces. It's helpful to understand the elements that go into building a fence and recognize a fence's multiple functions, such as curb appeal, protection from the elements, and privacy. Building your own fence can be a good do-it-yourself project, but you do have to know some basics, including material hardiness, design principles, and building code restrictions; we've gathered them all to help you build your ideal fence. For a more complex project, you can create a stone-and-rail fence with these directions. Nearly every fence needs a gate; you can build your own with our basic tips, or let our 12 examples of charming gates be inspiration for you or your contractor. In addition to a gate, an arbor integrates naturally with a fence. Review these attractive arbor-and-fence combinations for a style that's suited to your yard. If your fence is in need of repair, here's how to fix damaged areas.
Tips for Building Your Fence
10 Things to Know Before You Build a Fence
Improve your home’s security, curb appeal, and privacy with the right type of fence.
12 Stylish Garden Gates
A garden gate is a visual welcome to your home and garden. See a dozen stylish options.
Basics of Gate Building
Build a custom gate for your yard and garden with these easy tips.
Arbors with Fences
Pair an arbor with a fence to create a gorgeous way to highlight plantings while creating privacy.
Basics of Fence Building
Building a fence is easier than you think. With these simple steps, you can build it yourself.
Picket Fence and Gate
The ever-classic picket fence and gate can enhance any style of home and garden.