Mar 03, 2014 9:30 am
We extended a few years ago and now we are looking at creating a small courtyard area at our house. Currently the area is covered in dirt, old pebbles and weeds!!!! We want to enclose the area with a colorbond fence. This will mean continuing on the fencing between us and our neighbours by about 3 metres and then adding more fencing across to the side of our house on a right angle. It will also include a colourbond gate. My question is should we pave the area BEFORE or AFTER the fence is put in? My husband wants to fence first as we cannot afford the paving just yet. My concern is if the landscapers / pavers need to use machinery of any kind to prep the area for paving they may not be able to get it inside the enclosed area without pulling part of the fence down first. I can understand his point in wanting to get the fencing side done and out of the way and I agree with him but am worried about having to remove part of it later (even temporarily) and whether this will cause issues / damage etc - not to mention the inconvenience.
Also what is best to do first anyway, pave or fence? I really don't even know what processes are involved with paving in terms of the need to level and clear the area? What sort of machinery tools may be required? Is it likely that the tradesmen will need to remove the fence to accommodate tools and machinery?
Re: Paving or fencing first?3
Mar 03, 2014 4:51 pm
I Would do the fencing first. Most landscapers / pavers would probably use a 'Dingo' loader which will fit through a standard gate.
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Re: Paving or fencing first?5
Mar 03, 2014 6:33 pm
If its a colorbond fence you can easily remove a panel to get machinery in and out if needed.
More important is to get your fence height/level correct so that it will sit at the same level as your future paving.
Re: Paving or fencing first - another question6
Mar 13, 2014 10:15 am
'More important is to get your fence height/level correct so that it will sit at the same level as your future paving'
calais304 or anyone else with experience, could you please tell me what calais304 means by the above statement? The fence height will be all level (at the top) but is there anything else about the fence installation which we need to consider to ensure the paving can proceed without problems?
Re: Paving or fencing first - another question7
Apr 01, 2014 8:12 pm
Probably a little late with the reply. But what I was meaning is to get the bottom of your fence at the correct height to meet any future paving. You don't want the bottom fence rail to be too low so that it is covered by any paving, soil, etc. too high is not as big of a problem but getting it correct from the start would be the best option.
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