We live in a very safe neighborhood where many people don’t even lock their doors, so we were shocked and a little scared when our community called a safety meeting to address a rash of recent burglaries.
With its many large windows at the ground level, our modern home is especially susceptible to smash-and-grab-type robberies, so we’ve decided to build a security fence around our property. Just one problem: We want to say “Keep out” without making ourselves feel walled in. With that in mind, here are eight modern security fences that won’t make you claustrophobic.
Leaving narrow gaps between materials allows light to filter through, preserving glimpses of view. The narrower slats at the top of this redwood fence help break it up, delineating top from bottom and keeping it from feeling too flat.
If you’re wary that gaps in the fence might lead to gaps in security, consider mixing your materials. This steel, fiberglass and wood fence, by TKO Structures, helps make this Hollywood home a fortress without making its occupants feel walled in.
This tall steel fence creates a barrier against would-be burglars while allowing friendly neighbors to peek in to see if your kids are around for a playdate. Long, thin posts can be set horizontally to preserve as much view as possible, as they are here, or set at an angle to create more privacy.
The clean lines and industrial feel of this steel mesh fence and gate prove that you mean business to would-be intruders while enabling you (and Fido) to see out. The steel slats help definite the gate and provide guests with a welcoming glimpse inside.
The openness of this wire mesh gate creates a beautiful transition between the stucco retaining wall and the cable fencing. It’s also a great solution if you have a short or blind driveway and need to see what’s ahead to proceed safely.
The Garden Route Company incorporated this home’s original gate (built in 1950) into a frosted glass and welded metal fence, creating a welcoming entry courtyard without making the interior yard feel small.
Lush, textured plantings set against the fence help provide added privacy and dimension.