Part of purchasing and renovating an old Victorian home is celebrating the rich architecture of the time period. You can cultivate a beautiful Victorian garden, but the exterior will never be complete without a fence to define your property. Fenced yards were not uncommon in the Victorian era, so you'll want to make sure your fence enhances the product of your restorative efforts. Here are some fencing options you should consider.
As far as authenticity goes, you can't do much better than ornamental iron. At first, these fences were only custom made by American blacksmiths who were trying to compete with European exports and fencing styles. However, the industrial revolution soon allowed for ornamental fences to by poured and mass produced, making it the most popular fencing product of the late 1800s. Matching the antique style of the original fences can be a challenge, so it's best to hire a company who is familiar with the fine arches, leaves, points, and posts that made ornamental wrought iron fencing so graceful and complimentary to original Victorian style.
If doing the whole yard with an ornamental fence is too expensive for your budget, try fencing with a cinderblock fence that is covered in a old-fashioned brick facade. Then, you can finish with the front yard in ornamental iron, or choose a beautiful gate that has iron designs.
Some Victorian homes were not as glamorous, imposing, or stately as others. These are called Folk Victorian homes, and while they do not have the same turrets, tiers, and arches as their more elaborate counterparts, they still have some Victorian elements like detailed wood work, carved window casings, and gabled rooftops. For these homes, a wrought iron fence may seem like too much. Instead, it might be better to opt for a wood fence. Choose a picket style in order to be more authentic to the period, and add some elegance by choosing fence posts that have carved tops in a pyramid or ball shape. You can even cut the pickets into a swooping design, instead of opting for a straight finish, which mimics the arching woodwork of traditional Victorian homes.
Aluminum fencing can be made to look like ornamental iron fence sections, but it is lightweight and often less expensive. The downside is that aluminum fencing is more limited in decorative finishes and it is not as strong as iron. It is not the best option for keeping out intruders, but it is a good option for providing a decorative garden barrier. Contact a cont5ractor, like City Wide Fence Co, for more help.