Landscaping for new housing

First impressions are important to home buyers, and the landscaping around new houses and apartments can have a fundamental effect on the desirability of a property. Well thought out planting and fencing will add a feeling of completion to a project, enhancing the overall image and adding a stamp of quality to the development.

Decking Appeal

The trend for individuality in house building is extending outwards to gardens and surrounding areas. Timber decks are highly desirable, as the decked area can be utilised as an extension to the living space, or is an attractive feature in a shared garden. Decking is a cost effective landscaping choice, especially if pressure treated softwood is specified. Some quality manufacturers even offer a 25 year guarantee, so you can be sure that your decking stays strong and looking its best. Used in conjunction with a pergola to act as a screen or canopy, the effect can be striking.

Green open spaces soften the edges of new developments, blending them in with older more established surroundings. They also play a part in improving quality of life for residents, providing visual appeal, and areas for recreational activity such as walking or cycling. Play areas for children should not be ignored and natural timber Playtime® fencing blends in well in residential areas, being easier on the eye than metal fencing or low level chainlink. Look out for fencing with smooth planed edges and self closing gates; essential for child safety.

Safe & Sound

Timber is still the number one choice for garden security and privacy. We manufacture a range of fence panels and traditional kit for fencing which is popular for front and back gardens in varying heights, especially those which fit into timber slotted posts for ease of installation and a seamless high quality appearance. Choose from traditional Featherboard and Palisade or more contemporary panels like Venetian or Hit & Miss. Pressure treated timber will last much longer than regular timber, and it will be better protected against rot and insect attack. For houses near busy roads or railway tracks, acoustic barriers offer another solution to developers. The timber panels and posts used today for residential purposes are aesthetically pleasing, and clamped in such a way that the sound mitigating properties of the barrier are maintained.

Security With Style

With a wide range of fencing, garden gates and landscaping products on the market, in timber and metal, products should be chosen carefully to reflect the characteristics of the area. For secure or prestigious gated developments, ornamental fences and gates are often specified. Read our case study about a replacement housing estate in Regent's Park that used Sentry® residential railings to create entrances and garden areas. Hot dipped galvanised steel lasts many years and is virtually maintenance free. If a polyester powder coating is applied, an even longer life will be expected, and the product looks more attractive. With colours available in virtually any RAL or British Standard colour, the fence can blend in with surroundings, or make a striking and unique statement. When supplying gates, consider automated products which increase security and also add a luxury feel to a property.

It is evident that style does not have to be compromised by security, and even automated gates for secure underground parking can be eye-catching, with a colour coating and decorative finials. Our steel fencing and gates also have a 25 year service life guarantee.

Fancy finials and decorative motifs aren’t to everyone’s tastes: simple elegance sometimes wins the day! Estate Railings have been used to great effect in award winning gardens at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show, satisfying the interests of those who were looking for inspiration for front garden boundaries. Estate Railings have traditionally featured in country parks and rural estates, but with a new improved tubular construction and colour coating, the railings are ideal for gardens as they are light but strong, simple and stylish.

The function of boundaries in landscaping a development is obviously an important consideration. They can be needed to provide security, privacy, act as a noise barrier, a screen, or simply to add character. Fencing products can be used in a variety of ways to achieve a multitude of purposes, and if used effectively will add value to the development for both the developer and the new home buyers.

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