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In last week’s post, I talked about 5 things to consider to turn your backyard into an oasis. I covered the concept of extending your indoor domain to the great outdoors in a way that will be safe, inviting, and entertaining. This week we’ll be covering what I consider the main framework of this idea, your fence.

When it comes down to it, there are three overall types of fencing which include

    • Ornamental Fencing
    • Semi-Private Fencing
    • Full Privacy Fence

Ornamental Fencing

This category of a fence is commonly derived from the concept of what some of us grew up around – the picket fence. This type of barrier averaging about 2.5-4.0 feet in hight favors more of the purely aesthetic side of fencing style and function. A picket fence is a simple design with verticle “pickets” and cross-section bracing. It is generally made from wood, while some are constructed from aluminum.

Picket Style Fence

There are of course other types of ornamental fencing such as what is commonly referred to as wrought iron. While this style is very similar in look and feel of wrought iron, the modern version of is made from milled aluminum.

Custom solutions in ornamental fencing are also available in vinyl/PVC fence. If you’re looking to dress up your property with a simple and charming environment with minimal privacy and security, an ornamental fence is a good option.

Semi-Private Fencing

Semi-Private Fencing is available to those who like privacy but are not necessarily looking to be completely enclosed in their backyard environment. One of the most popular options here in Florida is the board-on-board style fence. You’ll see this style most often in wood construction, but many people opt for vinyl/PVC construction as well. This style is characterized by boards placed vertically or horizontally with an offset gap between each board, both inside and outside of the supporting posts. This gap creates a semi-see-through effect.

Shadowbox Style Fence

A semi-private fence is ideal for families and individuals who are looking to create a more secure and private surrounding while not completely being shut off from the outside the fence environment.

Full Privacy Fence

Okay, so this style is my personal favorite, the entirely private fence. If you really want to create a backyard oasis, then you should greatly consider the full privacy fence for the optimum backyard oasis effect. Why? Well with many options and styles to choose from, you’ll be able to transform your backyard by incorporating this type of fencing. Whether you want wood or vinyl/PVC, you’ll be getting maximum privacy and that highly finished result that only a full privacy fence can give.

Bufftech Vinyl Fence

I recently visited a Bufftech vinyl/PVC fence installation done by a fence company in St Augustine which highlighted this concept perfectly. With clean lines and highly uniform structure, you can see in the pic above just how extended the home is into the outdoor environment.


No matter what type of fence appeals to you, I’ve listed projects you can have installed, or install yourself if you feel you’re up to the task. At any rate, you’ll be well on your way to creating that oasis you desire for entertaining and relaxing to your heart’s desire.


Top 5 Tips for Creating a Back-Yard Oasis

Back Yard Oasis

Creating Your Own Great Outdoors!

One of the great benefits of living here in Florida is that we get to enjoy great weather (most of the time). And what better way can you think of to take advantage of this fact than by spending time with family and friends in your own back yard? Many of us Floridians love to do just that so here I’m going to list my top 5 best tips for turning your back yard into a veritable oasis. To stir your imagination, I’ll cover the high points in this post and later dive into more specifics in subsequent posts.

Tip #1 – Define Your Area With A Great Fence

There’s probably no surprise that I would lead off with this tip as it’s one of my favorite features for any home to have a suitable fence, especially in the back yard. There are many reasons one might want to have a fence. Possibly the most significant gain, it’s that feeling that somehow the inside of the house has been extended outward to encompass a larger open area.

Of course, there are more practical reasons that anyone living in the Sunshine State will bring up such as keeping animals and pets fenced in and keeping wildlife such as alligators, snakes, bears, coyotes, etc. out.

Tip #2 Consider Your Irrigation Needs Ahead of Time

If you’re going to create an oasis, by definition you’ll need to give some forethought to getting water to trees, plants, grasses, and other living things that require it to flourish. No shortcuts should be taken here as it is much easier to get your water needs sorted sooner rather than later.  You’ll save a lot of time and headache by deciding early on what your irrigation needs are, and planning accordingly.

Tip #3 Set The Mood With Proper Lighting

Think of any outdoor venue you’ve ever experienced at night that was cozy and inviting and chances are it was great lighting doing its magic to set the mood and give atmosphere to the whole environment. This effect can be achieved with downwash/upwash lighting, indirect lighting, even color selectable from the convenience of your smartphone. With a myriad of lighting possibilities in the “LED” age, you’ll have plenty of choices that won’t break your budget and still give the atmosphere you desire.

Tip #4 Power Up Your Oasis With Plentiful Electrical Outlets

This tip might seem counter-intuitive at first glance, but in today’s plugged in world, you’ll want electricity readily available. As with irrigation, you can plan to have outdoor rated outlets strategically located around your back yard to power up all those gadgets that are frustrating to be without just because they need charging.  And how many times have you had to search for an open outlet for that? The added benefit is, you’ll also be prepared if you need to plug in anything that is used to maintain the area.

Tip #5 Get Your Vision Down On Paper

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably thinking “yes, I want this!”. An essential part of the process is getting your imagination down in front of you. Whether you like to draw or use a drawing program, you can brainstorm by using various simple programs for envisioning and honing in on your dream oasis. There are plenty of these programs online, and a simple Google search can find you many to choose from, many without cost. Of course, pencil and paper work well too if that suits your style, but there are advantages of digital methods.

I hope these tips have sparked your imagination. I’ll be going into detail on these tips to create a sort of road map if you decide to take the journey to a back yard oasis for your home.

In any case, thanks for stopping by.

Amanda K.

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