Start by thinking about the reason why you are building the fence.
A fence can have many different functions, however deciding on your main goal will help you find one that works best for you.
This will help you determine the style, material and size the fence will be.
Once you have an idea of what your end goal would be, start measuring out the dimensions of your fence (length, width, and height) and adding them to a written plan.
Rules and Regulations
Take note of what issues may come up, including your neighbours, neighbourhood association and city bylaws.
As mentioned above, you need to be aware of the height restrictions for fence built within the City of Calgary, as well as any other building permit that might be required.
Do thorough research on what material would be the best fit for the purpose of your fence.
Some fences require less maintenance and upkeep than others.
During your research, be sure to look into the material’s durability to see how it will work with the climate in Calgary and how much upkeep it will require.
Set out a budget during this step.
The cost may vary depending on the size and height of the fence, however with an overall budget set out, deciding on the material will be easier for you.
Here are some common factors to consider when budgeting for a fence:
- Yard size
- Design complexity
- Quality of material
- Post size and spacing
- Board spacing (for wood fences)
- Number of gates
- Ground conditions: if there are obstacles underground (concrete slabs, thick tree roots, or clay deposits), additional tools or professional help might be required.
Think of everything you’d need before getting started on the building process.
The more time you spend planning now, the less time you’ll need to spend fixing mistakes later.