Creating Visual Interest with Horizontal Fences

by | Apr 28, 2024 | Horizontal Fences

Horizontal privacy fences offer striking visual interest for your home. 90% of privacy fences of all materials are constructed with vertical pickets. Building in the horizontal fashion will create contrast for your property. Our eyes are drawn to change and we want our property to stand out from the pack. Today we will explore how horizontal fences will do just that.

Modern Designhorizontal fence

Over the last couple decades, more and more people have moved from the suburbs back into the city. A drive through these revitalized neighborhoods will almost always show remodelled row house style homes with large windows and modern architecture. Horizontal privacy fences are the perfect way to accentuate this modern architecture. They stand out and break the norms just like the architecture of these modern homes.

The fact that the pickets are turned horizontal means they are following the flow of the yard instead of sticking out from it like a vertical picket fence. This flow and contour allows your eyes to follow the yard easily. Oftentimes this can lead to a smaller yard having a larger look and feel. This effect is perfect for modern city homes as they often have smaller plots. Horizontal Fences also give a more streamlined look as they do not follow grade as much as a vertical fence. By maintaining more of a level top it adds to the flow and contour effects.

Horizontal Design and Depth

Horizontal fence

At Draper Fencing Company we have many styles of Horizontal Privacy Fences and they all include depth setting elements. A typical Horizontal with Trim fence has vertical trim where the pickets meet the posts. This trim board gives your fence more depth and helps break up the long fence lines.

If you want to add even more depth to your Horizontal fence we have newly released our Horizontal Picture Frame. By adding another layer of horizontal and diagonal trim it really adds depth to your privacy fence. 

If you really want your fence to stand out, think about adding a Horizontal Herringbone panel. 

As you can see from the styles mentioned above there are a variety of ways to customzie a Horizontal Privacy Fence. 


Another wonderful aspect of Horizontal fences is the quality. Using 10’ posts spaced roughly every 6 feet means that horizontal fence are some of the sturdiest fences built. As picket decay or warp they can be added very easily to refresh your fence as well.

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If you’re ready to create visual interest in your property through a beautiful new Horizontal Privacy fence reach out to Draper Fencing Company today for your free estimate!

Pete Cowden

Pete Cowden

Director of Sales and Operations

Pete Cowden grew up on the west side of Indianapolis. He attended St Michael’s School from kindergarten through eighth grade before going to North Central High School. Pete won a state championship in Rugby and graduated with an Indiana Honors diploma from North Central in 2007.

After graduating high school, Pete joined the Army. He served three tours of duty as a US Army Ranger. Eventually his injuries built up leading to a medical retirement. After retiring from the Army, Pete attended Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis. In 2015 Pete graduated with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in International Studies. 

Pete spent some time working with his fellow veterans in Washington D.C as well as right here in Indianapolis before moving into the fencing industry. Pete began working for Draper Fencing Company in 2021. 

Initially Pete worked primarily as an estimator. He learned quickly the challenges fence installers face and how to overcome them. He constantly gathered feedback from his crews to ensure he was setting them and the customer up for success. 

Pete now manages the entire company. He has managed the building of millions of dollars of fencing projects from small downtown yards to large commercial projects. Draper Fencing Company installs a wide range of products from commercial chain link to ornate custom cedar fences. Pete leads a production department that has over forty five years of fence building experience.

A big part of managing the company is making sure he understands not just how to build a fence but knowing what customers want. He stays up to date on permitting and code enforcement. Part of his job now is to put his years of experience into writing blogs on our website. We strive to communicate clearly and effectively with our customers and our blog posts are an extension of that.