‘Curb appeal’ is a term often used by Real Estate agents when they are assessing or selling a property. So what is curb appeal? Curb appeal is the appeal and attractiveness your home has from the sidewalk (or curb). The overall look and feel of your property is what adds or detracts from curb appeal. Many home owners concentrate on the interior of their home when it comes to upkeep and renovations, however, the first impression is not what’s inside the house, but rather what surrounds the house – your yard. You can have the most magnificent interior design in your home but if you have a rickety front gate and overgrown garden, the first impression is not going to be a good one.
Your curb appeal is increased by how well maintained and welcoming your front yard is. Here are some tips to help give your curb appeal a mini makeover:
Have a proper entry: This may sound obvious but many homes for whatever reason may not be using the original front door. There may be a side entrance or even a side gate to access the home. If your entrance is not facing the front, you need to ensure that it is clear to those who visit your home on where the ‘front door’ actually is. This can be done by laying a pathway from the front to your entrance door, using outdoor lights to guide the way or just some creative landscaping with your plants and allowing the greenery to navigate visitors in the right direction.
Keep your garden and lawn tidy: There is no point spending money on a beautifully landscaped garden if it’s overgrown with weeds and long grass. Make a habit of maintaining your garden once a week then it wont turn into a huge job. This includes removing and replacing any dead plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, select plants that are somewhat self-sufficient and suitable to the climate you live in. A Queensland home owner would choose differently to a Victorian home owner.
Dress your front patio/entrance: This can be as simple as having a nice pot plant next to your front door. Your front entrance will be part of the first impression of your home and you as a home owner. Depending on the space, use the area to both welcome your visitors but also introduce them to some of your own creative flair. Use wall art, dress your front door or perhaps even have a comfortable looking outdoor setting to give your guests a warm welcome to your home. Don’t forget your doormat!
Garden feature: Have a feature or even a theme throughout your garden landscaping. These could include colour co-coordinating plants or flowers around the perimeter of your home or a garden bed next to your front door. There is also the option of having that one ‘hero piece’ such as a water feature or even fruit tree.
Fencing and front gate: This is it. This is where the magic starts and finishes. The fence around your property is setting the scene for your visitors and giving them a hint on what to expect once they are inside your property. A fence must compliment the look and feel of the house itself. With a large range of materials and styles to choose from, selecting the right fence for your home can get a little overwhelming. Start with deciding what you want to achieve with your fencing – are you wanting it for complete privacy, security for your family or purely a feature to your property – or all three! This is when you need to have a professional fencing contractor on hand to assist with all of these decisions.
There is no rule to say that you have to wait for your home to go under the hammer for you to add curb appeal to your property. Enjoy your family home and make it a place you look forward to coming home to.
The Sydney team of Amazing Fencing was recently involved in a project with a difference. The Hardacker family was going through some really tough times after the loss of father and husband, Mark in a tragic accident whilst on family holiday in Fiji.
The effects it was having on the family was not just emotional but financial as well with Vanessa left to support and provide for her three children by herself.
The Nine Network’s A Current Affair program heard about the hardship facing the family and decided to put together a team of sponsors and volunteers to the family a fresh new start with a home renovation like no other.
Of course Amazing Fencing was more than willing to jump on board and chip into the worthwhile project by providing labour and materials to give the Hardackers ‘new’ family home a fence to match.
For more on the ‘Renovation Rescue’ project, click here.
Colorbond steel is undoubtedly one of THE materials of choice for Sydney home owners when it comes to fencing. The reputation of Colorbond steel has grown over the years due to it’s ability to withstand the Australian climate as well as keep it’s original appearance.
The versatility of the material is offered through it’s range of colours. It’s quality can also allow the material to be used in roofing, constructing sheds and of course, fencing.
Colorbond fencing is particularly popular in Sydney due to the extensive variety of housing styles throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. The material can be used on it’s own when constructing a fence or be used as a feature amongst other materials such as being framed by timber slats or used to add some texture to a rendered fence.
However, no matter how reliable the material is, when it comes to fencing, the materials must be installed correctly . Our team at Amazing Fencing are experienced in both fencing installation and fencing design or solutions.
By using a reputable and experienced fencing contractor who is familiar to the area such as Amazing Fencing, will give you the reassurance that you are receiving the best in fencing when it comes to materials, installation and customer service.
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The picket fence has withstood the test of time with it’s colonial appeal and ability to add an instant charm to a home. So where did the ‘picket fence’ originate from? Well the name itself ‘picket’ is believed to have originated in 1690 from the French word ‘piquet’ meaning ‘pointed sticks’. Initially used as weapon, the picket soon become a way to form a secure barrier and one which would be difficult to climb over.
It was the American’s that brought the ‘white picket fence’ into the limelight in the 1950′s as a term used to describe the ‘perfect’ all-American household but it is the simplistic yet charismatic design of the picket fence which has seen it last through the ages and being used in different forms around the world.
As charming as they are, picket fences don’t necessarily suit every house. A fence – especially a front one – needs to be seen as part of your house and one which compliments the design and structure of your house. Your landscaping also needs to be considered when installing a fence.
The team at Amazing Fencing can also assist with design options to work with your house, not against. If you would like to have a free and no obligation quote by one of our experienced installers, call today.
Christmas is a crazy time of year with backyard BBQ’s, Christmas parties and New Year celebrations. It is also the time of year that unfortunately many homes get broken into. The appeal of having so many new items (Christmas presents) makes our homes a target for burglars.
Many people assume if they lock all their doors and windows, their home is safe. While this does help it can actually be your front or backyard that is unwillingly inviting unwanted visitors into your property. If your yard allows easy access to the house,, it is also allowing easy access would-be-thieves. However, there are some precautions that you as a home owner can take which will possibly deter any break-ins and it all starts with installing the right fence.
Use quality materials: If you are spending the money having a fence installed, it’s worth doing properly the first time and not having to worry about it deteriorating and having to be replaced a few years later. Using high quality materials such as Colourbond or treated pine timber not only guarantees the longevity of your fence but also increases the overall strength of the fence making it difficult for intruders to break through or damage.
Ensure your fence is the right height: While you don’t necessarily want an 8 metre wall around your house (nor would you probably be allowed by the council), it is important to have some height to your fencing making it difficult for people to climb over. Make sure you check with your fencing contractor for the building requirements for your area.
Locking mechanisms: Locking mechanisms are important not only for the safety of keeping your children in the yard but also to keep any unwanted visitors out of your yard. Having a latch that self closes is also a good idea.
Your fence is one of the most important aspects of your home. It keeps your pets and loved ones safe, improves the way you can use your space, add value to your property and security. Installing a fence should be done by experienced professionals to ensure that building regulations are met, property boundaries are correct, quality materials are used and most importantly that the fence is installed properly and safely.
Our team at Amazing Fencing are all experienced in their trade and can even offer design assistance to ensure you receive the maximum impact from your investment. We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast and offer free no obligation quotes. Give us a all today!
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and with it’s glorious Queensland weather, one of the more appealing capital cities in Australia to live. The temptation of having city suburban living only forty minutes away from the famous Gold Coast beaches is a big incentive to the thousands of interstate residents who make the move to the sunshine state each year.
With this move comes the expectation to live the perfect Queensland lifestyle and own the perfect Queensland home. When looking for your new Brisbane home or renovating your existing one, there is one thing that can not be overlooked and that’s the difference a well erected fence makes. As well as curb appeal to the home, the right fence can accentuate the existing landscaping and even assist in cooling your home down in the hot Queensland summers.
Slat and screen fencing is a modern take on the traditional timber fence and is extremely popular in South East Queensland. The appeal of slat fencing in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area is primarily the appearance but also the fact that while offering privacy it allows airflow. The measured gaps in between the timber slats are the perfect natural ventilation system for your yard and your home.
Slat and screen fencing is also ideal for smaller spaces as it offers the illusion of more space compared to a solid structure. This is perfect for Brisbane townhouses with limited yard space.
At Amazing Fencing we have experienced installers who can work with you in designing the perfect fence for your Brisbane home. If you are looking to improve the look of your new Brisbane home or add value to your existing one, contact us today.
Choosing the right fencing contractor to install a fence for your home or business can be stressful. A fence will add value to your property but only if it’s erected by an experienced and qualified team.
Here’s some tips on what to look for when you need to hire a fencing contractor:
- The contractor should not charge for you the initial site visit for a quote
- When the contractor visits your property ensure they are checking for obstructions (eg trees, rocks) and include any additional costs for their removal
- Ensure the fencing contractor is insured
- Check the contractor/company will advise of any permits required for the planning and building of the fence
- Request the warranty period for the fence
- Ensure the quote is inclusive of any gates that you may require.
At Amazing Fencing you can be assured that you are receiving only the best in quality when it comes to customer service, fencing materials and fence installation. All of our installers are experienced in the trade and professional on site. Your fence is not only protected by our high standards of construction due to our 20 years of experience in the industry, but you are also protected with our 10 year fence warranty.
If you would like any more information on the service that Amazing Fencing can provide, please contact us today.
Summer and the festive season are just around the corner and with summer comes BBQ’s, days around the pool and lots of backyard cricket. The last thing you want to be worried about is having to watch the kids in an unsecured backyard.
A well installed fence not only offers you that sense of security for your children and pets but also allows you the opportunity to relax and actually enjoy your home. The right fence can change the entire look and feel of your back (and front) yard and make you want to spend more time in your yard with your family and friends.
Amazing Fencing has a large range of options that can be tailored to suit your home and your landscaping including:
Our team of installers are experienced in both designing and erecting the right fence for your home to emphasis the space and any landscaping. Amazing Fencing have teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland with limited installation availability before Christmas.
If you would like to speak to our head office about fencing options for your home and the opportunities available to not only add value to your home, but make you proud of your house and garden, contact us today for a free no obligation quote.
Gardens are the perfect sanctuary for animals. Amazing Fencing discusses a few ideas to turn your garden into a haven for household pets and wildlife alike.
Backyards can be havens for household pets and wildlife alike. While modernisation has made neighbourhoods less habitable for animals, homeowners can make a difference and make them more habitable.
Who says you do not have any say in the matter? With a few adjustments, you can turn your own backyard into a haven for wildlife and your own household pets.
While dogs are generally indoor pets, do not forget that they are active animals that need to run around and roll in the grass every once in a while. Building a warm and cosy doghouse should be enough to provide backyard shelter. Be sure to make dog entrances so that your home can be accessible to them should they wish to enter.
Remember that the best way to attract animals is by giving them access to food. Afterwards, make your garden as habitable for them as possible by providing birdbaths and installing birdhouses for them to settle into conveniently.
Gardens are the perfect setting to place ponds for fish to thrive in. Garden ponds provide a serene atmosphere as well, making it a relaxing place for the homeowner at the same time.
The winter season is the hardest time of the year to attract wildlife into your backyard garden. Unless you are willing to make burrows in the ground for rabbits and holes in your backyard tree for birds, it would be best to accept the realities of winter migration.
While the goal is not necessarily to turn your backyard into a menagerie, having a few animals in the backyard is a great way of turning your backyard into a cosy haven. Let your lawn grow and grow as much greenery as you can to make the perfect setting for your own backyard animal sanctuary.
To ensure you have a great haven for animals while still maintaining your privacy and garden’s appearance, consult our team today. At Amazing Fencing, we know what it takes to create a safe and beautiful environment through our quality products and services. We design, supply, and install slat and screen fencing, gates, and retaining walls,among other solutions. Contact us today for a free quote!
Home security is heavily dependent on your defense system, primarily your fence and gate. Whether galvanised steel or vinyl-coated, what matters is you have a fence. Your fence and gate provide the first line of protection against intruders and accidents. For families with children, fences around the property are indispensable in making their playtime safe. Chainwire fences, for example, are perfect for securing wide areas. They’re not just for homes; these are the type of fences you see around baseball fields and the like.
Before the installation, you can ask about various chainwire fencing heights to provide the solutions to your needs. The higher the fence, the more privacy and protection it gives. Of course, the height of your fence also depends on the type of house you live in and your sense of style.
Apart from beefing up your security system, here are other reason why you should install a chain wire fence:
1. Low Maintenance
Chain wire fencing usually requires little or no maintenance at all. All you need to do is hose it off or apply soap and water to bring back its shine. Repainting is unnecessary if you want to keep it simple. It is important to note that most contractors even offer galvanised chain wire fence, which is more resistant to rust. This extends the functional life of your chain wire and minimises the maintenance.
2. Long-Lasting Durability
From June to August, snow and blocks of ice cover your roof and other parts of the house along with the streets, trees, mountains and practically everything outside. To keep the security even during winter, you can scout and install a galvanised steel fence. You can paint your fence to prevent corrosion due to long exposure to ice and snow. This can also help you avoid weakening and other types of damage caused by exposure to rain and the sun.
3. Easy Repair
Another advantage of installing a chainwire fence is its easy repair feature. If it is damaged by an accident or vandalism, you simply can cut out the affected part and replace it. If a strong typhoon happens to destroy it, or cause it to chip, your chain wire fence just needs a re-coating to look good again.
4. Aesthetic Appeal
Apart from the other functions of a chain wire fence, you can integrate art and design in it. Make it a black or green vinyl-covered fence. It blends in with the surroundings, creating a desirable look and feel.
There are homeowners who complain about their poorly installed or easily chipped fences. This is probably because their contractors failed to recommend the appropriate types of fencing that would suit their needs. It is also possible that the contractors did not weigh other factors, including weather conditions and the surrounding areas.
To avoid the same scenarios, Amazing Fencing can offer you tailored fencing solutions that greatly consider your needs and other requirements. We provide relocation and extension if you’re planning to configure your residential or commercial security system. Contact us today so we can start discussing the right fencing solutions for your home and other structures.