Horizontal lines are more calming than vertical lines, so horizontal fencing is highly favored when homeowners are seeking an outdoor sanctuary intended for relaxing, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design. She adds that this aspect makes horizontal fencing an ideal complement for an Oriental or zen-themed landscape.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.
A fence around a tennis court on a Palm Springs, Calif., property is made of 2-foot square fiberglass panels that allow breezes to flow through. The client wanted an outdoor environment that was “groovy, cool and sexy," according to landscape architect Steve Martino and Associates. The project, with mid-century modern elements in desert style, won an American Society of Landscape Design award.
The second story addition to this contemporary home was made from a combination of stucco, stone and taupe synthetic wood siding ––––all materials which satisfy the high-fire zone requirements in this California neighborhood. A horizontal wood fence and gate frame the paver stone yard, leading to the front door.
What a quaint place to sip coffee or read a book -- or maybe both! Mature trees flank a low stone bench and are surrounded by low clusters of plants. The innovative, white-plank fencing brings privacy but still lets the light shine through.
A dramatic entry to the garden features large native and tropical trees to help hide the view of the property from the street. Horizontal fencing, sculptural palms and large masses of tropical understory all help to create the sense of a lush, expansive entrance.
A spiral staircase takes center stage on the rear facade of this two-level home. Two outdoor sofas flank a modern fire pit, bringing a pleasing symmetry to the space. The horizontal fencing elements create changing patterns across the patio as the sun makes its journey across the sky.
For this Arizona property, which won an award from the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the design of a courtyard fence fits with the neighborhood's setting in a gritty industrial area. The owners are artists, craftsmen and Arizona natives. The project was by Steve Martino Landscape Architect.