We have a cottage on a lake and the previous owner...

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We have a cottage on a lake and the previous owner installed fencing around the deck. I can see why he did it ( enables you to see out to the lake without the bulky railings) but it’s just so ugly! Any ideas that are budget friendly to this situation? I would eventually Like wire railings but just too expensive now for us.
Thank you,
Janet
q we have a cottage on a lake and the previous owner
q we have a cottage on a lake and the previous owner
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  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 10, 2018
    Easy. Paint it black.
    I know how that sounds, but you may notice when driving thru upscale neighborhoods that their fencing is usually black.
    You can see their landscaping beautifully because the black doesn’t catch the sun or distract the eye the way white fencing does.
    If you choose to dress it up more than that, cut off or bend those triangular top wires above the round raid, and cover/hide those top edges with a wood
    “railing”.

    • Bmasecar Bmasecar on Jun 10, 2018
      Hi I agree with jcraw except for the suggestion to cut off the top loops. They lock the fence wires together at the top. Painting the fencing and the top rails black will tend to make it less noticable.

  • Kelly Kelly on Jun 10, 2018
    Well from what I can see in the pictures it doesn't seem to serve any purpose. I would take it down! But if you can't I say that maybe like the other person suggested is paint it to make it a little nicer! Might be a little tedious though!Good luck hope your able to come up with something to dress it up a little.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jun 10, 2018
    You need a railing if the deck height above the ground exceeds the code in your area. You can install glass panel railings to save the view.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 10, 2018
    My chain link is obscured by out of control ForsythIs. I’d forgotten about the linkage, or haven’t had enough coffee.
    Best of luck. I think they’ll like it painted.

  • Peg24600102 Peg24600102 on Jun 20, 2018
    How about put flowers there so they can climb up the fence, hence hiding the fence

  • Lessie Kilson Lessie Kilson on Jun 20, 2018
    You can plant English ivy, or Jasmine in the ground or big pretty pots, if you like you could use pots that you could spray paint with glow in the dark paint. The plants I mentioned are fast growing climbers.

  • Riva Sue Riva Sue on Jun 20, 2018
    You mentioned wire railings, but not fencing.

    If you have no desire for a fence, but still want railing for security or steadying your walk through that path, have you considered taking the chain link off the rails, but leave the rails and paint them whatever color you fancy?

    That would serve the purpose of allowing the view to become even more unobstructed.

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Jun 20, 2018
    There are plastic inserts that fit in between the fencing . Of course it’ll make your fencing a privacy fence. I only know of two colors they come in , black and white.
    You could plant morning glory or honeysuckle but that dies out in the winter. It’ll also damage the fence if it grows between the fence.
    Good Luck ☘️!