What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home

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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Custom Gates: 3 Approaches To Pairing Properties With Gate Types

When it comes to custom gates, it can be difficult to know which style, color, and overall design will best compliment your property. A mansion in the hills, for instance, wouldn't look right if the gate to a two-bedroom condominium was uprooted and set down at the property's entrance. Conversely, a two-story home in suburbia might look strange outfitted with a steel-reinforced fence designed to house the vehicles of professionals who work at a law firm in the inner city. 

Whatever kind of custom gate you have in mind, here are a few tips to help you better match your home, business, or summer cabin with the right gate:

Tongue And Groove Gates

Tongue and groove gates, like the ones shown here, are a pretty versatile variety. Generally, these gates are best suited for small, walking-entrance gates at the front of homes. Colors tend to be natural-wood colors or black, though they are often installed in dark blues and earthy-type beiges and browns. These gates open from one side and are generally no wider than three or four feet across to accommodate foot traffic. 

Tongue and groove gates also work well on the sides of homes, either as a dividing point between adjacent properties or simply for decorative purposes. Moreover, these gates are one of the few styles that can be crafted to compliment nearly any property style or setting. 

Double Gates

Double gates are often the focal point of a home's entrance. They work best in residential neighborhoods but are also extremely prevalent in gated communities. Upscale apartment complexes and private living communities commonly employ a large double gate at the entrance or entrances to their communities. While double gates can be constructed of wood, they can convey an air of secrecy and in most environments, an iron-wrought or other metallic design works best.

Picket Gates

Picket gates haven't changed much in the last few decades in terms of color, although the style of the picket has changed dramatically. Picket gates are still most commonly utilized in residential settings, often as fences that encompass a home, or aesthetically around gardens or backyard patios. 

You can go with straight rectangular pickets for a more conservative, homey look, or you can opt for more intricate designs with carvings and patterns for a more contemporary feel. White is still the predominant color when it comes to picket gates, but going with natural wood stains can definitely create a unique appearance, as can opting for unconventional heights (but anything over 6ft can look a little prison-ish).

Overall, your custom gate is going to embody the look and feel you have envisioned for the property, whether it's your home or business or any other place. Nonetheless, it is important to keep a few guiding principles in mind when deciding. To learn more, contact a company like Carter Fence Co. with any questions you have.