What Style of Fencing Would Suit Your Property?

When it comes to picking the ideal fencing for your garden, there are a number of things to bear in mind, beyond simple aesthetics. There a wide variety of different fencing options, as well as a wide range of requirements and needs for said fencing options. Whether you’re after security, privacy, a sound-barrier, style or pure functionality, there’s a fence out there for you. With the huge variety of fences out there, you don’t need to choose one or two functions, you’ll find the ideal fence for your property. The key thing to consider is the overall style and design of your property. What kind of look are you going for overall? Because fencing can really define the way your property looks from the outside. Do you want a traditional, cute picket fence look? Or a more rural willow or hazel screen fence look? Or a solid closeboard fence, for solidarity, security and noise control? Don’t worry, we’ll run over the key types of fences that you need to know about, and their various attributes, benefits and limitations. It’s all about finding that ideal style to match and enhance the look of your property, and the only way to really succeed at that is knowing your options.

Picket Fencing

While not all that common in the UK, picket fencing can give that classic, suburban, slightly American styling to a property. It’s cute, but is essentially a purely aesthetic feature, as it won’t stop anything except the occasional cat or football from entering your garden. However, despite its ineffectiveness as a physical barrier, it does define the perimeter of your garden, and function as a deterrent, and can look fantastic.

Closeboard Fencing

Closeboard fencing is incredibly sturdy and secure, and will prevent all but the most determined of invaders from getting into your garden. Beyond its obvious security advantages, Closeboard fencing will block road noise and noise pollution, and create a completely sealed and safe garden space fit for children and pets. Constructed of overlapping pieces of solid wood, on a sturdy embedded frame, the only potential downside to closeboard fencing is its bareness, but it can easily be spruced up with some screening. It can also take slightly longer than other options on this list to fit, because of its heavy, sturdy nature.

Traditional Lap Panel Fencing

This is the most common kind of wooden fencing you see. It’s kind of like a half-way point between closeboard and picket fencing in terms of effectiveness and solidity. While a lot more effective than picket fencing, especially height-wise, and privacy-wise, it’s a lot weaker than closeboard fencing, and no-where near as secure. To spruce up the potentially bare look, you could add willow, hazel or bamboo screening, and to make it potentially more secure, you could add a trellis. Trellis can be used to allow plants to climb a fence easily, or placed on top of a fence to make climbing over said fence a much messier, noisier and more difficult affair.

Timber constructed garden fences

Timber constructed garden fences

When choosing a garden fence you will soon realise that there are many different varieties available. Each style offers something a little different; so it is important that you find out your options before you purchase.
There are four main qualities that a fence can have, the question is, which quality meets your requirements?

Privacy

One of the main reasons homeowners opt for a garden fence is to provide privacy for the home and grounds. These days many properties are built in smaller areas, so are in close proximity to one another, are close to a road or public footpath. By choosing traditional fence panels such as closeboard fencing you are able to ‘close off’ your garden to neighbours, foot and road traffic.

Security

Installing a fence around your property can be an added security measure. If your property is amongst lots of other properties a fence acts as a secure barrier, clearly marking out your boundary lines.

Decorative

Fences are often installed around the garden to enhance the visual appearance of the property. They don’t have to create privacy or provide security, they are simply chosen for their look and style. Homeowners will often replace or re-paint fences if they intend on the selling the property, believing that it can add selling appeal and value.

Safety

An enclosed garden offers safe outdoor space for children to play in, without the worry of them running into a road or other dangers. Likewise, fences are often installed so that family pets can use the outdoor space without leaving the boundaries of the property.

Maintenance and Repairs

Installing a new fence can be costly, depending on the style you choose and the size of your garden. With this in mind if your fence sustains damage it is worth finding out if it can be repaired rather than replaced:

Rotting, mouldy wood – All fences will eventually attract mould due to the changes in the weather. If you see any evidence of mould you can usually clean it off before the problem takes hold. Repairing rotten wood is not so straightforward. If the rot hasn’t spread and it is feasible to isolate and replace the rotten panel, this can be enough to save the entire fence. It is worth remembering that too much ‘patching-up’ can affect the overall structure of the fence.

Unstable fence posts – Over time, due to weathering and natural ground movement fence posts can become loose (though remains standing). To remedy this insert a repair spur (a wedge of wood) into the fence post hole in the ground, to reduce the posts movement. For added strength pour concrete into the post hole or bolt the spur to the post.

Loose panels – Common at this time of year as the weather takes a turn for the worst. If the fence panel is in good condition and worth saving, a temporary fix is to reattach the panel with extra nails.  Of course there will come a time when you will need to replace the entire fence. No fence will last forever, and there will be a time when it is no longer cost effective to attempt further repairs:

Rotting, mouldy wood – If the rot and mould has spread beyond the stage of cleaning it off or patching it up you will need to replace entire panels. This can, however, lead to further rot developing on other panels a few months later. To eliminate all traces of rot replace the entire fence.

Unstable fence posts – If a post has become unstable because of a breakage, replace the entire post. Inserting a spur may temporarily hold the post upright and in place but the solution is very short term.

Loose panels – You may have already reattached loose panels with extra nails, or panels may have become loose for the first time (usually after bad weather), whatever the cause, replacing the panels with new panels is the best solution.

The natural benefits of Timber Construction

The use of timber indoors and outdoors still remains a popular choice by many. With numerous types of wood available, its strength and beauty makes it easy to understand why it is so widely used.

Outdoor timber constructions include sheds, garages, porches summer houses and gazebos to name but a few. Each offers the homeowner additional space to relax and enjoy, or alternatively additional storage space which is separate from the main property.

Whilst you gain the extra space/storage, the environment benefits too;

Looking after the environment

As a sustainable material, the methods used to harvest, produce and transport timber are far more environmentally friendly than those of other building materials such as steel and concrete.

As more trees are planted, the levels of CO2 absorbed into the atmosphere increase; so regular harvesting of mature trees for use as a building material, means that new younger trees are being continuously planted to replace them, so the cycle continues and the environment continues to benefit.

The natural benefits

A timber construction will naturally provide a level of thermal insulation. This is one of the reasons why timber is used for outdoor constructions as the need for a separate heating system is not required.

Building with timber usually means that there is very little waste. If the timber structure is being made at a factory, on-site waste is kept to a minimum, whilst off-cuts are recycled and used again. If the build is taking place on your property, off-cuts can be kept and used for future projects, or burnt (as fuel).

The man-made benefits

We’ve detailed some of the environmental benefits, but let’s consider how we can use timber to our benefit:

Once you have sourced the timber for your project, actual construction time is quite quick. This is especially true if the construction is being carried out by a professional carpenter.

With the addition of a sound absorbent quilt/product, it is fairly straight forward to make your timber construction sound proof.

With its robustness and durability, timber is a very strong material, thus your timber construction will last for years just with basic maintenance such as annually applying wood treatments.

Caring for your outbuilding

Timber will stand the test of time without too much intervention, but if you want to avoid the weathered look there are products available on the market that you can use. By using the correct paint/stains you can be sure that your timber construction remains in top condition.

If you are opting to paint, look for a water-based paint as these tend to discolour less than solvent-based paints. The added benefit of using water-based paint is that as the wood expands and contracts with changes in moisture levels, the paint will move with the wood and not cause any splits or cracks.

Providing that you invest in a good quality water-based paint, it shouldn’t need painting more than once every 5 to 6 years.
If you have decided to stain rather than paint there are many exterior wood stains and varnishes available from the larger DIY outlets. These are designed to protect the wood from the elements, thus preventing rotting, warping and discolouration.

Timber Constructed Garden Sheds

Timber Constructed Garden Sheds

The traditional garden shed. With its basic shape and simple yet functional design, the garden shed is a very common sight. Made from timber and situated on a concrete plinth, it’s the perfect place to store the mower, tools, gardening apparel and anything else that is not suitable for the indoors.

But, could there be more to a timber construction? Could it be made into a garden feature, or a place for relaxing? The possibilities with timber constructions don’t need to start and end with a shed!

Timber Plus Points

So what makes timber such a good building material?

Natural – Timber ages beautifully, adding extra character as it changes its look and feel. Naturally sourced timber isn’t toxic, so won’t release chemical vapours into the environment. It is safe to handle and touch and with the right tools and expertise it can be cut and carved into an eye-catching, functional piece.

Renewable – Timber constructions of all sizes have been built for many years. Trees are continually planted, thus the supply continues to be readily available.

‘Low in production’ energy – The process of taking a tree and converting it into a building material takes little energy. This means that the embodied energy in timber is very low.

Insulating – Timber is a natural insulator, so will reduce the amount of energy used for heating the area, hence it is very commonly used for doors, windows and floors.

Easy to work with – Timber is an extremely versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways. Depending on size of the build, it is a light material, requiring only basic tools for the simpler projects.

Do you want to….

Increase your living space? As our families grow it isn’t always feasible to move house. How about a conservatory, a summer house, or a raised decked area? All structures made from timber and providing the valuable additional space you need.

Enhance your plants? For those of us with green fingers, who enjoy showing off our summer blooms, a timber constructed raised flower bed provides the ideal platform to showcase all of your hard work. Maybe you’d like to start growing your own vegetables; again, using a timber bed you can mark out an area specific for your vegetable patch.

Create storage space? The garden shed has already been mentioned, but consider a timber construction on a much larger scale, such as garages, car ports and workshops.

Work or Play? With the number of people working from home increasing, building a timber structure is ideal for that home office, allowing you to separate work life from home life. You could design a child’s play house, or alternatively an environment for you to enjoy peace and quiet away from the main property.

Whatever your plans are do the research beforehand, ensuring that you get the most out of your gardens new addition. Careful planning at the start will avoid any unnecessary costs, or last minute adjustments to your plans. Happy planning!

The Ideal Material For Timber Construction

Timber construction

These days the costs of buying a property are high, and we often compromise with a smaller garden or one less room in an attempt to own the house of our dreams.  With additional space a luxury, many homeowners will look to build a conservatory, add a porch or an outhouse in an effort to create more storage space, or a place for relaxation.

Timber outhouses are ideal, from garages, sheds, play houses to work rooms; a timber construction can provide you and your family with that much needed additional space.

The ideal material

If you have asked yourself “Why use timber”, here are a few points to consider:

  • Timber is a natural product and therefore is not toxic. It is safe to handle, touch and work with.
  • It is a renewable material, with new trees being grown in our forests, therefore the supply will never end.
  • It is an excellent insulator, thus reducing the amount of energy that may otherwise be needed to heat the building.
  • It is readily available.
  • It is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide variety of ways.
  • Timber acts as a humidity regulator. It absorbs humidity in damp conditions, and releases moisture in dry conditions.
  • With minimal maintenance a timber construction will remain structurally sound.
  • As the material is so readily available and easy to work with, repairs can be dealt with easily.

With many variations in colour, texture and form, building with timber allows you to design a structure that perfectly suits your home and expectations.  With differences in colour, depth and grain it is not only a visually appealing material, it is also extremely strong and durable.  Timber construction ross on wye can help with all of these questions.

Key Factors

Strength & durability

Used for beams, walls and flooring through to framework and timber panels, timber is known for its strength and versatility.

Environmentally friendly

Timber is a naturally insulating material with strong thermal properties.  This allows you to design a timber construction that is energy efficient and therefore kinder to the environment.

Design qualities

As timber is so tactile to work with, it can be cut, shaped, and transformed, thus allowing your design ideas to become a reality.  You can retain the natural rustic appearance or choose from an array of products to achieve a totally different finish altogether.

Is timber for you?

If you are considering an outhouse, summerhouse, shed, garden decking or even a car port, contact Evolution Trees.  We have experience with timber constructions of all shapes and sizes and will happily discuss your requirements with you.  We can advise on the best materials to use, the right base/foundations and we can even include power and water points in the design should they be required.  With our expertise and knowledge we can offer you advice on your design ideas, and together we can create a timber construction that will stand the test of time.

Timber Construction

Have you ever considered decking for your garden?

In recent times, more and more people are choosing decking to enhance outdoor space which may otherwise have limited use.

Decking provides a host of benefits to both the home owner and the environment.

If you are looking for some bespoke decking work, why not try timber construction gloucestershire.

The homeowner

A well thought out decked area can create much needed additional space.  It can be transformed into a relaxation area to enjoy on a summers evening, used as an outdoor play area for children, or simply a means of including the outdoor space indoors!  With the right accessories, such as garden furniture, play equipment and barbecues, the possibilities are endless.

A professionally decked area can also hide a multitude of sins.  They are ideal for concealing inspection covers, whilst still retaining access.  If your garden isn’t level, a decked area can be constructed in such a way that you are left with a level, more useable space.

Decking areas are also perfect for the ‘non-gardeners’ out there.  Once the decking has been constructed it requires minimal maintenance.  No more unsightly weeds or regular grass cutting required!

The right treatment of your decking will ensure it stands the test of time.  There are a few simple guidelines to remember:

  1. Brush the decking down, removing any large clumps of moss, and loose debris. Most garden centres have a range of easy to use cleaning products that are ideal for this job.
  2. Once the decking is clean, apply a protective coat to ensure the wood remains healthy. Again, garden centres, DIY stores will stock such products and will be able to advise on the best product for your decking, as well as advice on how often the wood will need treating.

Why wood?

Wood in itself is a very pliable material, ideal for use outdoors.  Whether you are aiming to achieve the rustic, natural look, or choose to paint/stain the wood with a colour of your choice.  It is strong and durable and with the correct treatment will last a lifetime.  Look into the various types of wood, and choose the type best suited to the look and feel of your property and garden.

The environment

The place where we all live, as will generations and generations after us!  A clean environment is essential for healthy living, and more and more people are considering the environment with the lifestyle choices they are making, that is why they choose timber framing.

These days, most manufactured hardwoods remain 100% bio-degradable; this is good for the environment!  The conversion of timber consumes far less energy, and creates far less pollution than other man-made products.

Not forgetting the by-products, saw-dust and wood chippings that can be used elsewhere.

The professionals

So, you’ve decided that decking is for you?  Perhaps you have a design idea in mind, you might even have decided on the wood you’d like….. All that is left to do is contact the professionals.

Timber Outhouse Constructions

‘A timber outhouse construction’, this might not sound too impressive, but the possibilities are truly endless.  Think of a garden office, timber garage, stables, gazebos, sunrooms, play houses, pavilions, sheds and workrooms.

An outhouse can be kept simple, like a garden shed, however with the right design you can transform your home/work life environment for the better.

If you are looking for additional space, whether it is for work or play, an outhouse is worth considering.

An outhouse can not only transform the look and feel of your grounds, it can provide additional space, it offers outside storage thus freeing up indoor space, or could just be that much needed extra room.

With a tailor made outhouse, you can be part of the design process to ensure you get the most out of the construction once it is complete.

Timber is an ideal building material.  It is a solid natural material, and is safe to handle and work with. Most timber is malleable, so it lends itself perfectly to unlimited design possibilities.

It is a renewable product, and as our forests continue to grow, and new trees are planted, the supply will never run dry.  It is environmentally friendly, it doesn’t release any toxins into the environment and isn’t harmful in any way.  Timber is naturally a good insulator, it is easy to work with and readily available.

These are just a few reasons why timber is such a widely used material in building.

Bespoke buildings

Imagine being in complete control of how your outhouse is constructed, from the initial design to the actual build itself.  Think about what you intend to use the space for; will it require heating for the winter months, power points or a water supply?  With a bespoke construction the build can be made to look natural, as if it has always been there, it can take on the overall look at feel of the grounds that it is situated in.  Whatever your vision, this can be made a reality.

The biggest benefit of bespoke design is being able to choose how the outhouse looks from the outside, and inside.  You can decide on whether you need one open plan space, or separate areas.  Ideal if you are planning a home office.  If you are thinking of a bespoke garden shed, you can design it around housing your garden furniture, the lawnmower and garden tools.

Why not think about a multipurpose timber construction.  It could be somewhere for the children to play in comfort, doubling as a summerhouse for everyone to enjoy.

The right people to call

If it is a timber outhouse construction that you are after, contact Evolution Trees.  We’ve experience in sheds, car ports, summerhouses and more.  We can take care of the design, advising on the right materials, the build, or alternatively we can construct from flat packs.  In addition to this, we can also offer bases and foundations, as well as power and water points.