Since we've been contemplating the move to Austin, it's given me an opportunity to see how other parts of the state, possibly even the country, do things. One of those things is the Fence around a property. This might not seem like a big deal, but in all actuality it is a fairly big deal as it's an aesthic thing...
Look at this picture. What do you see? I see a confused fence that doesn't quite know which way it was supposed to be put up. Are the "climbing bars" supposed to be facing in the backyard, or facing the other way? I think this is a horrible look, and I can't believe this is called "Good Neighbor Fencing." I had never even heard of Good Neighbor Fencing until reading the MLS listings for the Austin area. I often wondered what it meant, and then a builder explained it to me.
What's good about "Good Neighbor Fences"? Is it good that both neighbors agreed to have something look horrible surrounding their property? Is it good that instead of one person feeling their yard looks bad while their neighbors' looks good that both neighbors get to look at something bad?
Personally, I see nothing wrong with the side of the fence that has the bars. When I was younger, that's how I was able to be nosey and see over to the neighbors yard, by climbing the bars. Also, it's good for planting vines against as it's easier for them to climb.
I bring this up because it's not just in Austin like I thought. I was in Houston yesterday just to look at one house, and I noticed the fencing there too. Do you think this looks good? Do you think this is a good compromise between neighbors to both get screwed out of a nice looking fence?
Here are examples of what it looks like when it's all one direction or the other, as this is my current yard. Keep in mind that I have an 8 foot fence, so it has extra climbing bars, whereas most fences we saw in Austin and Houston were only 6 foot fences. Maybe the solution is for everyone to go to board on board fences so the middle bars are covered up completely?
What is the traditional way in your area, and which direction do you like and prefer?