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January 6, 2014
They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic value of their properties.
Exterior driveway Santa Monica

The fence outside the house that Jesse Bornstein renovated into a two-family dwelling in Santa Monica, California, follows the grade of the steeply sloping street outside. Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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Originally appeared in Two Houses Are Better Than One
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Backyard fence in Los Angeles

This fence behind a remodeled house in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles incorporates functional elements, including a bench and a grill. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
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Brickwork fence in Melbourne, Australia

The exterior of Corbett and Yueji Lyon's house in Melbourne, Australia, which doubles as a public art gallery, has something of a Darth Vader look to it, without directly mimicking the brutalism that exemplified much of Melbourne’s modernist architecture of the 1960s. The names of the streets that form the corner on which it sits—Cotham and Florence—are marked out in the chocolate-brown brickwork fence. Photo by Dianna Snape.

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Originally appeared in All the Home's a Stage
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Cor-Ten steel fence near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts

This Cor-Ten steel fence, which the landscape architect and artist Mikyoung Kim designed for Bob Davoli and Eileen McDonagh, winds its way through the woods of Lincoln, Massachusetts, like a serpent skeleton fished out of the adjacent Farrar Pond. Unlike most fences—which follow rigid property lines in the utilitarian service of exclusion or containment—it meanders like a weathered Andy Goldsworthy sculpture that just happens to keep the family dogs near home as well. Photo by Charles Mayer.

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Originally appeared in On the Fence
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Red cedar fence in San Francisco, California

A slatted Western red cedar fence in landscape designer Marcel Wilson's backyard in San Francisco adds a measure of privacy while permitting branches from a neighbor's Japanese maple to cross the property line.

Originally appeared in Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
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Ipe fence in Venice, California

The fence around the house in Venice, California that architect David Hertz designed for himself and his family is made from sustainably harvested ipe wood. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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Originally appeared in Sustainability in Stages
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Cedar fence in Toronto, Ontario

This Toronto house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Originally appeared in Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto
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Slatted fence in San Francisco

A once-sloping yard behind a remodeled house in San Francisco's Bernal Hill neighborhood now has a slatted fence, climbing vines, and foxtail agaves. Photo by Ike Edeani.

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Originally appeared in A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
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Exterior driveway Santa Monica

The fence outside the house that Jesse Bornstein renovated into a two-family dwelling in Santa Monica, California, follows the grade of the steeply sloping street outside. Photo by Catherine Ledner.

Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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