Oct 22, 2009 11:26 am
Hi All [ warning - monster post.. hopefully this will help out anyone with corner block fence issues!]
the time is upon us to really get serious about a fence for our place now.. its about 3-4 weeks away from being finished... and want it all sorted before we move in (with 1 x dog and 1 x puppy.. it will be a madhouse)
We have a corner block... which is lovely when it comes to free flowing cross breezes, lack of neighbours, seemingly a bigger block etc.
However not so lovely when it comes to the cost of fencing it in ! We are of the opinion that a really nice fence will add alot of value to the home, especially considering we didnt go with fancy facades and all the rest of it.
Our requirements are:
- be at least 1.6mtrs high
- last at least 5 years or more and still look really good after this length of time.
So Ive been doing ALOT of research into options for a "nice' fence. And heres what Ive come up with:
- Modular Walls: http://www.modularwalls.com.au/ - look great, can appear rendered etc. Price was around $220 with a diy install... and was unpainted. Would last a long time and wouldnt get that weathered appearance.
- "KnotWood" - http://www.suncoastfencing.com.au/knot-wood.htm - looks like wood, but isnt. so will never fade, crack, warp, get termites etc etc, Price for SUPPLY only was about $100 per meter, for a 65mml single slat. Crikey moses.. how expensive !
- Aluminim slats - in combination with brick pillars or wood posts or steel posts.. cost anywhere upwards from $200 per l/mtr
- Treated Pine - Im sure you all know what this looks like, its pretty standard these days. We got quoted around $90 per lineal mtr for the double lap and cap option... however after a few years.. the wood generally ends up looking pretty average.
- Hardwood - there are a million different options with hardwood.. but IMO it looks alot better. There are options to insert colorbond panels in the centre, mix it up with pool fencing etc. All of which have varying costs.
But after extensive research we *think* we have made a decision ! Going with this (although frame colour and wood stain will be different):
- Can adhere to convenant with restrictions on solid fencing
- Steel frame = very strong, longer lasting
- Steel posts = very strong, longer lasting
- The fact that steel frames attach to steal posts, means panels can easily be removed if necessary - for example to let a bob cat /car/concrete truck or something into the backyard. Also means we can easily extend fence in the future if we want to.
- it looks awesome
- I can choose frame color and wood stain
Our side gate is going to look like this:
total cost for this fence, with 1 x double gate, 1 x pedestrian single gate, 1.6mtrs high and 33ish mtrs of fence is just over 6k.
Re: Corner Block + feature Fence Guide / Are we mad ?2
Oct 22, 2009 11:35 am
Looks fantastic! How much maintenance would be required to keep the wood looking that good though? At $6k I would be shopping around to get a few quotes and also investigating DIY options.
I've seen similar fences near our place that have Colorbond "mini-orb" profile for the bottom two-thirds and horizontal timber slats for the top third. They also look very classy and might cut your price down (if your council allows).
Re: Corner Block + feature Fence Guide / Are we mad ?3
Oct 22, 2009 11:59 am
Yep the guy priced up options for the Colorbond inserts... I really like them but the OH does not.
Just need to be oiled every 6-12 months.. apparently you just use a broom and its quite easy. All wood is oiled twice before its all put together.
Have been getting quotes even more expensive than that ! Theres a house around the corner that has a similar concept.. with pool fence inserts.. and that was $400 a lineal metre !!
diy not an option.. dont have time or energy to do such things. haha We just want to do it once and do it properly.. rather than getting something average then wanting to redo it in a few years
Re: Corner Block + feature Fence Guide / Are we mad ?5
Nov 02, 2009 1:20 pm
More fence info for those interested...
Pricing below is for 1.8mtr high fence.
From Superior Screens - http://www.superiorscreens.com.au
Option 1. Concrete footing, 200mm wide block wall with 400mm square posts at 2400 intervals with slatted panels between at 600mm high... $ 650 per lineal m.
Option 2.Colorbond* Solid 2400 wide panel with Colorbond 2400 wide Slatted panel alternating to meet covenant requirements and with this
I would recommend a mowing strip of concrete, to keep " houdini " in the full length of the fence and return back to the house ( see video ) $ 350 per lineal m.
Option 3. Slatted panels in gates to close off section as required including posts and all fittings, powdercoated to suit a Colorbond* colour $ 650 per lineal m
Obviously with our requirement for 40 or so mtrs of fence.. spending $26,000 was not an option lol They do look lovely though!
Samples of above:
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