How to Pick A Picket Fence Design

Those homeowners who might be considering the installation of picket fencing Richmond have many questions. The most important one being how one might design a picket fence that meets all of the needs of their home. Luckily, there aren’t a lot of complicated factors to consider before you embark upon this process, however, you do need to get them right the first time.

After all, you want your picket fence to be that wonderful addition to the home that not only helps to keep your pets and children from wandering off but adds just a little bit of security from passersby and wildlife that might try to wander on to your property. Here are the things you need to consider when you pick a picket fence design:

Local Zoning

First things first, you must consult with the zoning laws in your area to find out if you are legally permitted to build your picket fence. Your local statutes will outline how and where you are able to erect your fencing. It’s easy to find this information, simply contact the building and zoning department in your area.

Planning the Fence

Now it’s time to put pencil to paper and start sketching what your fence is going to look like. Hopefully, you’ve measured the area where you want the fence to be located and you know where your property lines are drawn. If so, get to work on drawing out the look of the fence, the number of pickets you are going to want, the number of posts necessary, and so on. This should give you a good idea of how much wood is needed for the fence.


Picking the right picket fence means finding the right one that matches the exterior design of the home. So, consider the architectural style of your house and select something that will match or, at the very least, complement that style. You don’t want the fence to clash with the look of the home, that isn’t just ugly it can lower the value of the property.

Picket Size and Style

Here is where we really get down to the nitty-gritty. You have many options from which to choose for the width of your picket and the size you select will have an impact on the design of the fence. So will the style of picket you decide to choose. There are plenty of different styles out there to reflect your personal taste and help you design the fence that will go with your home’s architectural style.

Stain and Paint

Now that you have the fence you want; you can decide if you want to stain it for a natural appearance or paint the wood to give it an entirely unique appearance. Whichever way you decide to go, remember that you want to pre-treat the wood before you assemble your fence, without it you may realize that you are having difficulty getting your finish to fully absorb into the wood. That can have a detrimental effect on the look of the fence.

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