It is important to have a functional, warm, and comfortable interior to feel good at home, but not only! Having a well-thought-out exterior is also a real asset. Every exterior detail is important, whether it’s a swimming pool, a garden shed, vegetation, or even the fence of a plot. Indeed, the fence makes it possible to delimit your plot from that of the neighbors or the public domain and contributes to the aesthetics of your home. That’s why we decided to share our top 5 garden fence ideas with you!
First step: find out
First of all, we advise you to inquire to know precisely what you have the right to do or not on your plot. Indeed, the PLU of your municipality may require you to make a prior declaration and may even require a particular height, materials, or color for your project. And if you are not informed before applying for your work permit, it may be refused.
This is why, before undertaking construction or renovation work on your fence, we advise you to obtain as much information as possible. To do this, you can send a town planning certificate file to your town hall.
The town planning certificate is an information document, not a town planning authorization. There is the operational town planning certificate. To obtain this information via the certificate, you must write and send a file to the town hall.
The masonry fence.
If no local planning rule is in force, then the height of your boundary wall will depend on the number of inhabitants of your municipality:
- Less than 50,000 inhabitants. Your wall, including the coping (top of the roof-shaped wall), must be at least 2.60 m high.
- 50,000 or more inhabitants. Your wall, including the coping, must respect a minimum height of 3.20 m.
You will have to make a prior declaration of work for your fence in these cases.
A gabion wall is a fence filled with stones (the term gabion comes from “gabion,” which means “cage” in Italian). Installation is quick and easy and requires very little maintenance.
The wooden fence.
This type of fence gives the whole exterior a more natural and warm effect. Species, shapes, and colors: Wood offers many possibilities and adapts to all budgets!
You can opt for an opaque palisade or, conversely, openwork panels to let in light and not completely partition off the space.
The plant fence.
The plant fence adapts to your desires and harmonizes the garden. Indeed, if you like vegetation, this option is preferred. Please note that this type of fence requires regular maintenance.
If there are no local rules, the minimum distance to respect from the neighboring land varies according to the height of your planting:
- If the height of the planting is less than or equal to 2 m, the minimum distance to be respected at the border of the neighboring property is 0.5 m.
- If the planting height is greater than 2 m, the minimum distance to be respected at the border of the neighboring property is 2 m.
The mesh fence, with or without a screen.
This fence is ideal if you just want to delimit your plot or if you want a temporary solution that requires little maintenance. You can then, if you wish, fix a screen (canisses or vegetation) to protect you from the vis-à-vis.
Be careful, though; your construction must not present a danger to your neighbors with, for example, barbed wire or poorly cut wire mesh.