What Style of Fencing is Best for a Period Home?
If you live in a period home, you probably want a fence that complements the style and architecture of your property. Learning about the history of Australian architecture is a fascinating process, but too often stops at the houses only – what about the fences surrounding these properties? What fencing options will best suit period homes?
A properly thought out fence should honour the identity of your home. When it comes to choosing fencing for a period home you don’t need to choose an exact period recreation, but your fencing choice should carry the style and feel that your house does. Aside from the style, you still want your fence to suit your family’s specific needs, such as keeping young children and pets safe and enclosed within its bounds.
Picket fencing first became popular during the ‘post-revolutionary’ or simply ‘early’ Australian era. During this period, the country was known for simple, utilitarian buildings. The houses were typically built with wood with brick features and corrugated iron roofs, and the fences were usually made with wood. It was during this era that the iconic picket fence was first created, which makes it a perfect choice of fence for many Australian period homes.
Typically, picket fences are built to approximately hip height, with posts shaped like a ‘picket’ and often white in colour. If you choose to install a picket fence, you can keep your fence true to tradition or adapt it to suit your modern needs. You can raise the height of the fence if you prefer to for security or aesthetic reasons. You can also change the shape of the picket to a round, diamond, square or other tipped style. You can play around with the layout of the pickets so that they alternate in height for a funky modern twist. You can also powder coat it in a colour of your choice.
While traditionally made from wood, PVC (a type of vinyl) offer a modern alternative, which can be up to five times stronger than wood and which looks identical to wood when painted. Jim’s Fencing Melbourne offers both PVC and wood options for picket fencing.
Palisade fences rose to popularity in the mid-1800s in Australia and was based on the military
camp walls built in ancient Greece and Rome. Traditionally, palisade fencing was made from cast iron because of its durability and strength. Nowadays, palisade fencing is still commonly used as fencing for businesses and industrial purposes.
A modern solution that invokes a similar minimalist style to palisade fencing is tubular fencing. Tubular fencing is typically made from aluminium or steel and can be powder coated in a huge range of colours. Tubular fencing offers a more inviting aesthetic than palisade fencing but it still has the benefit of being extremely durable, secure, and affordable. Tubular fencing also allows visibility which can help to make a space feel more open. This feature makes tubular fencing a popular option for pool fencing in Australia.
Wire gained popularity in Australia as a fencing material in the 1850s; however, it wasn’t widely used until a few decades later due to it being expensive. There are a few variations of common types of wire fencing. Post and wire fencing is the oldest style and was first introduced in rural communities as a way for farmers to keep livestock contained and pests and predators out of paddocks. Barbed wire was the typical type of wire used, and the fences were very simple – the focus of this type was on the functionality and not so much the style of them. Chain wire fence is another common variation of wire fencing, primarily used for construction sites, commercial properties, factories, and storage areas. It’s also referred to as diamond fencing or chain link and is a simple, affordable solution that offers a great deal of security and durability.
For residential homes in Australia, woven wire or emu wire fences began to gain popularity throughout the early 1900s. Woven wire fencing was often used at properties during the Victorian era, roughly around 1950 and beyond. Jim’s Fencing offers Heritage Woven Wire Fencing, which has been operating in Australia for over 100 years! Heritage wire offers excellent durability and security while adding class and an old-fashioned ambience to your property. With Heritage woven wire, you’re able to choose through a range of different patterns, named after iconic Melbourne suburbs: Brunswick style, Armadale style, Elsternwick style, Camberwell style and more. You can also get wire fencing powder coated in a range of neutral or Federation colours to perfectly suit your home. Heritage woven wire fencing suits most Australian period homes ranging from Victorian architecture to Edwardian, Queenslander, Federation, Old English and many others. Jim’s have so many other options like colorbond fencing etc.