Building a fence is a major undertaking, with many factors to be considered such as price, durability and appearance. According to the Seattle Times, one factor that should be a priority is the environmental impact of materials. With the right research, you could be lucky enough to find yourself with a fence that takes into account all four of these factors.
The greenest fence of all is no fence, but that’s not always an option when you have small children, pets or require a bit more privacy.
Salvaged materials: The next best option to no fence is to use salvaged materials, which in some cases can be free. The problem is that finding the right amount of a consistent material can sometimes prove difficult. The plus is that when you do find enough, a salvaged fence can look eclectic and quirky.
The Association of Building Consultants says that many accidents are waiting to happen in South Australian backyards, as a result of confusing regulations, homeowners having a poor understanding of pool fence safety requirements and failure to carry out regular inspections.
When you are creating a backyard for yourself, it is very tempting to focus entirely on aesthetics, but it is far more important to focus on safety. Safety in the backyard is particularly important because it is the homeowners’ responsibility to ensure safety and backyard tragedies are all too common. Safety can be achieved in an aesthetically pleasing manner, however, and herein we consider how to achieve both safety and aesthetics.
Pool safety is of particular importance because home pool accidents are all too common and can very easily be fatal. Installing a pool fence is important, however, it can blight the aesthetics of a home. Installing a timber picket fence, instead of the common metal railings, can make a big difference to the look of the area and this can provide a positive solution. Ensuring that children cannot accidentally fall into the pool is essential and is required by law, along with the installation of a sign explaining how to provide CPR. These eyesores are unavoidable, but installing a more attractive form of fencing will help significantly.
As a home owner it is vitally important that you are always aware of the state that your home is in so that you can make repairs before a crack causes costly damage and ensure that your home is secure from burglars. Knowing how to check your home is important and this article considers how to ensure you aren’t missing anything.
The security of any property starts with its fencing, as it is very much your first line of defence against any number of threats, so make sure your fence line is being effective at keeping intruders off your property and away from your place. The following is a brief look at a few easy ways to improve the security of your perimeter fencing.
Carry out regular inspections and maintenance
Having any sort of hole or gap in your fencing will make a mockery of your security efforts, as well as provide anyone who wants it with an easy entry point onto your property, so it is crucial that you find and fix any weak spots quickly. You should conduct regular and thorough inspections of the entire fence line, and the more frequently you do so the better, because it is vital that you find any weak spots before they can be exploited.
If you want to do something special with your garden areas, adding a healthy dose of European style is a great way to go about it. Aside from looking fantastic, another huge benefit to following the European style is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, as much of the work of creating your new garden can be done yourself. The following is a brief look at how to create a European style garden at your place.
Visit some first
The only way to get a proper sense of what European gardens are all about is to go and see some for yourself, so if you haven’t been to Europe and can afford to make the trip, check out those incredible European garden styles in person. Take as many photos as possible while you are there and ask as many questions as you can think of, as this will make it a lot easier to implement some of those ideas in your garden when you get back home. If you can’t afford to head off to Europe, do your research online instead.
Having a new fence built can be a significant improvement for your home, so if your home currently has a pretty tired-looking old fence, your biggest decision might not be whether or not to get a new fence installed, but rather how. The following is a brief look at some of the main things to consider when deciding whether to build your own new fence or have professional fencing contractors build it for you.
Knowing how to do it
If you want to have a fence built that will be safe, sturdy and look good, there is quite a bit you need to know, ranging from how deep to dig those fence-post holes to how best to cement those posts into place. You can definitely build a safe fence yourself, but it will require that you do plenty of research into the safest ways to do every step, because it will only be worth investing the time and energy into building your fence if you will be able to do it safely and well.
In places like Australia, it isn’t uncommon to experience long stretches of drought-like conditions. If you are trying to plan a backyard down here that will be great regardless of how often it rains, you are going to need to plan carefully, because everything from your plants to your fencing can make a difference. The following is a look at some of the big things to consider when planning your backyard to be drought resistant.
Choose your plants carefully
The plants you choose for your backyard and garden will make a big difference to how much water you will need for them to thrive, so if you want your plants to look good and be healthy even in drought-like conditions, make sure they are the type that will only require minimal watering. Choosing native plants is generally the best way to go, as they will be accustomed to growing in these conditions, no matter how drought-like they are.
For your entertainment area to be at its absolute best it needs to be accessible, because otherwise it may be too hard for some of your friends or family members to join you for events. Often, a few simple changes can make a big difference. The following ideas are all sure to increase the accessibility of your entertaining area, whether inside or out.
By needing to use stairs to access your entertaining areas you will be making life hard for any guests who have mobility issues, bad backs or kids in strollers, so get rid of those stairs, replace them with ramps and make it easy for all of your friends to attend your events. Don’t forget about your outdoor areas too, and whether you put pathways through your garden or add ramp access to your gazebo, make it easy for everyone to enjoy themselves out there.
Corrugated iron was invented in the 1820s by Henry Palmer, an architect and engineer employed by the London Dock Company, and ever since it has been a mainstay of the Australian building industry. However, over the last decade or so, it seems that things are starting to change. While you are still likely to see corrugated iron being used extensively throughout the western world, it has slowly been replaced over the past decade, in Australia at least, by Colorbond steel. The following looks at the evolution from corrugated iron to Colorbond steel.
Advantages of corrugated iron
When corrugated iron first came onto the market, it represented a huge step forward as far as building materials and technology were concerned, and quickly became popular for how light, strong and versatile it was. Being easy to transport made it extremely popular among the new colony of Australia as it struggled to get enough building materials sent to help establish the blossoming settlement.