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Old 08-09-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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We're considering a 6-ft privacy fence, "board-on-board" style on the perimeter of our rear yard. The 3 choices we are trying to decide on are the straight top with capboard, mount vernon dip (concave), or monticello (convex). Three pics attached of the concave vs convex vs flat.

With all 3, we are thinking to use the gothic posts as opposed to the standard posts with plastic caps. The dip or arch definitely accentuate the gothic posts, but they also add about $600 versus the flat top.

The other thing is the dip or arch is actually less wood, so slightly less privacy than the flat top. Which one would you choose?
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Which privacy fence do you like better? (Pics)-arch-gothic-fence.jpg   Which privacy fence do you like better? (Pics)-dip-gothic-fence.jpg   Which privacy fence do you like better? (Pics)-flat-gothic-fence.jpg  

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Old 08-09-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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I lean towards the convex myself. We have a standard dogeared fence around our backyard and I've actually tinkered with the idea of cutting arches in it and adding the post caps.

Last edited by DLK55; 08-09-2009 at 07:02 PM.. Reason: Because I'm far removed from high school and forget which was concave. :-)
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I like the arched one. To me it is more visually appealing. The dipped one reminds me of the way swags of garland or bunting get hung.
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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1 then 2. I've never really liked board on board.
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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Are you handy enough to buy the straight and cut the arch or dip yourself?
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Atlanta native 40 years too long
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the middle pic, the dip gothic
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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Can you make the posts a little higher than the pickets on the flat top?

Not a lot higher but the effect with the caps seems lost on the flat top one that you posted.

With a cap rail along the top of the pickets and the posts being a little higher than the pickets and the caps on the posts it would be attractive, avoid the privacy issues of the other two fences and might (?) be less expensive, maybe?

I also like them when they're painted to show the post detail.

Like this (hope this link works )

http://www.leebrosfencing.com.au/vtfhire/cheryl%27s%20scanning%20pics/picket%20and%20feature%20a.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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I like the last picture....the other ones are too ornate and fancy looking for my taste.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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Question that should be asked: which one fits the architecture of the house?
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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Question that should be asked: which one fits the architecture of the house?
And then there's that!
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