Published on August 27, 2020

Interest in home renovation is at an all-time high right now: Families across the country are setting up homeschooling stations, overhauling bathrooms, and even installing pools in their backyards. But a new study from Houzz reveals another surprising project is on the rise—will you add it to your list?

According to Houzz, interest in fence installation and repairs is up 166 percent from last year, as homeowners seek more privacy in their outdoor spaces. Since backyards are now serving as home offices, playgrounds, and just about the only safe places to hang out, it’s no surprise that people might be looking to upgrade even the little things.

Searching for inspiration for your own reno? While you can’t go wrong with a timeless white picket fence, there are many more unique options for a redesign that will set your yard apart from the rest.

If You Have a Green Thumb

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Photography by Whitney Leigh Morris

Pro tip: If you’re not feeling your fence, greenery is nature’s DIY. Frame your yard with plants and flowers for added privacy and beauty. Oh, and string lights never hurt either. 

If You Live on a Slope

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Photography and Design by Dabito

Trying to block off your space from multiple vantage points is always a tall (get it?) order, but take a page out of Dabito’s book and build a multi-height fence to match your surroundings. His layered pinewood creation ensures neighbors above and below can’t sneak a peek. 

If You Just Can’t Decide

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Photography by Justina Blakeney

If you’re dealing with a wall that’s just a tad too short, take inspiration from Justina Blakeney’s yard and add a layer of fence to the top, painted to match. You’ll get extra coverage and a unique design to call your own. 

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