Mid Century Modern Fences | Part 2

Mid Century Modern fence installation is completely complete. I'm bangin' pleased with it. Have a look and let me know what you think. 



Thanks to the Virtual Design Committee for their thoughtful selections and suggestions. And an even bigger thank-you to the two friends who came to lend an on-site hand. 

Now it's time to throw my feet up and enjoy a warm cuppa and this tasty om-nom-let while the morning dew does its thing. 

If you want to design and build your own Mid Century Modern fence, check out Mid Century Modern Fences | Part 1. It's full of design inspiration and advice.




willinindy said...

Looking groovy

Anonymous said...

I kind of feel like you did the opposite of what you wanted. You mentioned wanting to draw attention away from the house behind you but by creating such a colorful attraction at the back of the yard you've drawn my attention in that direction and all I'm doing it staring at that house now, and noticing all of its imperfections. I do like the orange highlights you added to the front of the house, but think that's maybe where you should have stopped. Now those little additions are no longer special call outs in the architecture.

Baz Mcm said...

@ Anon:

All fair observations. Where were you last week during the polling? ;)

I will say that in person, the fence/screen pulls your eye down away from the roofline of the adjacent house. Also, rumors are circulating that it may be torn down, making it a non-issue; yet presenting possible new issues to contend with.

I do feel what you're saying about the orange going too far. It's up for consideration.

The good news is that this fence was very low cost and came be altered quickly with relative ease. Let's call it Modular Fencing.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Unknown said...

It's intriguing. I appreciate how you share your design/construction process with us. I love the colors; but I do feel like I need to see it in person to get the full effect. I love the orange.

Anonymous said...

I don't like it. It looks cheap and doesn't seem functional. I think it would have been better if it had a single unified look instead of the multi-panels and multi-colors. I guess it looks too busy and kitschy.

Baz Mcm said...

@ Anon #2:

I appreciate your candor. The consistent feedback seems to point to me over-shooting on this project. Try as I may, I can't win them all.

I'll live with it for a while and then make the call. As previously mentioned, changing out the panels for something else isn't a complicated endeavor.


Ted said...

Hi Baz, I just came across your fence project posting last night. (I've seen your blog before, which is terrific, but hadn't checked in in a while.)

I'll say that there are MANY things to like about your fence; I like the subtle asymmetry of it, the fact it's raised off the ground, and the judicious use of orange (one orange block alone would've been too little). And most especially to like, that you had the courage to actually be bold like this; you win kudos for that! Too many people who like "modern" have a very limiting contemporary view of it.

I think the colors --- and a good sense of color composition is very tricky ---are very in-tune with the '50s period. It's easy to form an image in our minds of the world of modernist architecture back then being all black & white like a gorgeous Julius Shulman photograph, but in fact I think these bold colors are very spot-on. This may in fact be a big reason for Anon. #1's observation, which --- I hate to say it (nobody likes to think there's anything unsuccessful about their results after investing their heart & soul & money & weekend & sweat & beers) --- I kinda have to agree with: that it actually draws the viewers eye in that direction of the offensive-neighbor-view (notwithstanding your comments about the perception when you're actually in the space).

This points out a subtle aspect of spatial perception that's seldom appreciated till it's too late: whether a focal point distracts the viewer from an undesirable view beyond as intended, or just draws their eye more TOWARD it, which is NOT intended, is a function of how close that focal point is. To illustrate, look back at your "Part 1" posting; look at the block of 4 pics (the pics that are immediately followed by "Consider the lines, colors, and finishes of your home..."). Notice how we're just about four feet or so from those alternating bands of big & small rectangles? Our minds are trying to puzzle out the pattern going on that we're so intimately close to, which is a kind of playful mind game I think we enjoy playing even on a subconscious level after we're familiar with the fence day after day. Consequently, we tend to overlook the far distance beyond it which we COULD see if we wanted to look between the panels. To go further: think of a camera (a good one where you can adjust the aperture for greater or lesser depth of field): when your subject is right up close, it's easier to throw the background out of focus, whereas if the subject's farther away, it becomes a whole lot harder to differentiate subject from background with varying focus. Aside from the focus thing, you'll also get more bang for your buck (in this case, more screening value) if the fence is closer to your patio, thus appearing larger to your eyes.

Another aspect here is that you may have benefited more, in terms of design, by treating the space as more layered, rather than lining up your fence all along that back property line. I know this is counter-intuitive; people tend to want to "use" all the yard space they're paying taxes on. But the paradox is you can make the space feel larger & more dynamic if its boundaries are more ambiguous. This is something you could fix w/o too much trouble (re-using the same panels & posts, just breaking them up by relocating a few sections here & there), allowing you to soften the fence by weaving in some plant compositions among it.

Sorry to be SO long-winded! By coincidence I also wrote a guest-blog posting here http://www.moderncharlotte.com/ideas-midcentury-style-fencing/#more-1972 about the same time as yours appeared, so I really enjoyed hearing about your experience and your observations, which are great info.

Micah said...

Hmmm...great idea with the fence. I'm inspired and feel like transporting some mid centeruy influence in my own back yard! Glad to have found your blog.

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charleston forge furniture said...

My goodness, I thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insight at the end there, and you did not leave it with just furniture.

Mickey Gobes said...

The fences are looking amazing and trendy. The colorful look is very refreshing.

Anonymous said...

Great effort, though a bit too burger drive-in.