A Personalized Gate for Your Home Fence

A Personalized Gate for Your Home Fence

Posted in: Fence Gates

If you've ever taken a drive through Texas, you've probably noticed all the different decorative elements ranchers put on their gates to make their ranch stand out above their neighbors'. Sometimes it's their initials. Sometimes it's a replica of the brand they use on their cattle. Sometimes it's part of a '65 Caddy.

In a vast, flat expanse where properties are large and until recent years didn't include road names or addresses to identify them, owners had to find creative ways to direct friends or business associates to their property.

Back here on the East Coast, we don't need to flag our homes in order for friends to find them, but why not have some fun and find creative ways to make your home stand out with personalized gates on your home fence.

Of course, how you personalize your fence gate will depend first upon what type of fence you own or are installing and whether you want a personal symbol or would prefer a design distinctive and distinguished.

Wooden Personalized Gates

If you have a wood fence surrounding the front of your property, you should consider gate options that will complement your fence and still add appeal. For example, if you have a white picket fence, you could consider a white trellis to arch over the entry or a pair of simple lighted posts to frame the gate. You don't want an entrance so grand and elaborate that it would dwarf the picket fence and make it seem insignificant beside the gate structure.

If you have a six-foot wooden privacy fence encircling your yard, you could craft a more elaborate feature such as a stone structure to enclose the gate. Or you could create an art element in the gate with exotic woods. You still can have your initials or a family crest inserted into the face of the gate to truly personalize your home.

Wrought Iron Personalized Gate

If your property is bounded by a wrought iron fence, you have many creative options to making the gate unique. The simplest idea is to make a more elaborate design with the wrought iron to make the personalized gate fit your family's personality. Again, you could frame the gate with a stone structure and create an arch that would span the gate. Or maybe you'd prefer to create a weathered wood gate crossed with wrought iron to give an older feel to the entrance.

Stone Personalized Gate

If a stone fence sets apart your front lawn, mixing wrought iron and/or weathered wood can continue that earthy appeal while making your entrance uniquely elegant. Traditional lampposts also can be added to make a warm, appealing entrance.

Driveway Entrances

In our example to open this article of the Texas ranches, of course, what we were referring to were the driveway entrances, as traditional ranches include a house set far back from the main road, away from the dust and the noise. Still, in this part of the country you may want to gate your driveway for privacy or security reasons.

These personalized gates can be created in a variety of ways to enhance the beauty of your property while still providing protection. You can easily label your property with an elegant representation of your family name, your house number or a favorite art element.

Our professional designers will enjoy the opportunity to work with you to create and implement the perfect design elements to make your home distinctive in your neighborhood. You may not have the acreage of a Texas ranch, but you value your castle and want to make it reflect your family's values and personality. Contact us to get started on designing a great gate to add appeal to your home.

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Brett Crouse