White vinyl fence or vintage iron fencing. I think the choice is easy. Back in the early 1900’s, the Victorians were all about ornate design. Everything was very detailed and some would consider their decor opulent and over the top. It also encompassed everything. Their clothes, furniture, wallpaper, architecture and even their outdoor fencing. Metal fencing was the finishing touch to their outdoor spaces. Some was very low at less than two feet high to edge their elaborate gardens and flower beds. While some fencing was taller at about four feet high to surround the perimeter of their front yard and usually the walkway. The backyard, not so much. After all, no one could see the back from the street and it was all about showing off what you had. Most of the fencing had one thing in common, details. The more decorative the fence meant the more money you had to spend on a non necessity. Remember, these fences couldn’t keep any one out. It was all about showing off.
Vintage Iron Fencing
So what happened along the way to bring us to today’s generic white vinyl clad fence. Everywhere you look these days you can spot one. Six feet tall and a solid wall of white PVC. They are hard to miss. Back yards are surrounded by them like a fortress. You can’t see in from the outside and you can’t see out from the inside. Is there really that much going on in the back yard that we want to see. I don’t think so. It’s all in the name of privacy. No more days of sitting on the front stoop chatting with your neighbors. In fact, it’s hard to find someone that knows more than one or two of their neighbors. And that is only a passing wave on the way in and on the way out. Fences not only keep people out but they also keep you in, to yourself. No thanks, I prefer this small vintage iron fencing around my house. You can look all you want. Not much going on here.