There are many types of fences to suit traditional homes, from brush fencing to aluminium designs, stone fencing and glass. However, at CastStone, we have made many heritage style homes come alive with the beauty of the era they were built in, with precast sandstone heritage fence.
Our heritage fences can be customised without the cost that you might think customisation would entail.
Last week we discussed things to consider when designing a heritage fence for a smaller home. This week we focus on larger homes. When designing a fence for a large heritage home, we go through quite a process to ensure we have evaluated the property’s attributes correctly.
We are committed to a great result, so that our clients look across the street at their new fence, they have a great smile from ear to ear!
Planning is the most important part – measure twice, cut once
When planning a heritage fence, Rosemary White, owner of CastStone and hands-on designer and project manager, says the following:
“These are the things I look for every time I approach a new property to design a sandstone fence:
- How far the house is set back from the boundary
- Framing the house by getting the driveway and boundary pillars to be in line with corners and lines
- The features of the building behind the sandstone fence, we want to design a fence that complements the building.”
When you speak to a CastStone team member about designing your fence, they will discuss the following with you:
- Look around you – what do you see in your neighbourhood that works well and that you like? What about your streetscape?
- Prioritise your needs – do you need security, privacy, beauty, heritage value?
- Height of the fence – how large is the home and what are the council restrictions? Choosing the right height will make or break a fence style so it is very important to choose the right height. Working with council is part of our service to you.
- Do you want gates on your property? Sliding or swinging?
- Your land – how wide or long is the land and does it slope? This will determine the height and base width of the fencing you choose.
- Your utilities – where are your electrical and gas meters, your technology cables? These need to be integrated into the final fence design.
- What sort of infills do you require – once you’ve answered some of the questions above, there is the selection of the infills, do you want total privacy with slats or brush, or do you want open aluminium infills?
Adaptable, Versatile, Classic or Custom Sandstone Pillars for Heritage Fences
For our larger homes, we recommend one of the following types of pillars:
- The P Series – these are slightly larger than our standard pillars and range from 1.5m to 2.5 metres with several interchangeable parts so that you can create a custom fence pillar.
- The 350 series – these are the largest and widest of our pillars and are rather commanding to look at. They suit larger residences and add structural balance and you can pick different bases, shafts and caps to create a totally custom look and feel.
- Quoins - Quoin pillars bridge a gap and are used in both modern and traditional homes. By using different caps, you can change the style from modern to traditional. They are very versatile and you can make your pillars as high as you need to by adding more quoins. Most quoins used are either 400 X 400mm and 340 X 340mm but other sizes are available.
There is more to a heritage fence than meets the eye! The planning that occurs behind the scenes and before the fence goes up is the difference between an average, run-of-the-mill fence and a magnificent heritage fence that frames the property in the best way possible.
Call CastStone on 08 8244 4888 for the best advice in town on heritage fences, we are experts at making heritage and traditional homes reflect the true beauty of the era they were built in.