3:55 PM 02/23/2012
I am in the beginning stages of building a fence, something like this picture, where the planks are horizonal over the posts. Two people have told me that the posts must be on the OUTSIDE of your fence according to regulations. Is this true? If so, what is the reasoning behind this? I looked on DOB, and it only really says that unpermitted fences should be 6' or shorter, which is the case for my fence. It just seems so counter-intuitive, to have your fence "inside out", with the nice part facing the neighbors.
comes down to "good side...bad side" what do yo want to see if a pool is involved on your property the good side is theres to keep ids from climbing over into the pool but other wise go for the looks...
4:46 PM 02/23/2012 | 0 Votes
No requirements regarding posts. If its within 3 feet of the property line, use combustable wood.
5:08 PM 02/23/2012 | 0 Votes
Do you mean non-combustible? Or is there a requirement that a fence near to the property line be easily burnt down by an irritate neighbor? BTW I'd always thought you put the "good side" (without posts) out. To keep out the riffraff.
6:35 PM 02/23/2012 | 0 Votes
non combustable. sorry
10:04 AM 02/24/2012 | 0 Votes
this is one of those brooklyn myths. we heard it, too, along with "the left side of the fence is yours and the right side is your neighbors." neither is true. there are some cities with "good neighbor" rules about fences but new york isn't one of them. apart from that, i can understand the logic of putting the good side out if the fence is visible from the curb or otherwise visible to the public. but if it's in your small, narrow, brooklyn backyard, nobody really wants to be looking at the "bad side" so it comes down to money and neighborly relations. we are friendly with our neighbors, so when we rebuilt our fence we told them exactly what we wanted to do, showed them how it would look from their side as planned, and asked whether they were interested in splitting the cost of a fence with two "good" sides. they appreciated the gesture, but decided they were okay with the back side of a beautiful cedar fence! the downside to this approach, of course, is that they or a new resident will decide they don't like it and put up their own fencing, which could destroy some of the aesthetics and affect your light and air circulation.
10:27 AM 02/24/2012 | 0 Votes
I agree with well_phed, this is the "Good Neighbor" fence question. I built my cedar fence with horizontal sections hung between the posts so the posts show from both sides, both sides look "good". I also spoke with the neighbors before the project and showed them the tech drawings and photos of finish, so no hard feelings were generated. They like it.
12:05 PM 02/24/2012 | 0 Votes
Thanks for the input, everyone. I will tell my neighbors about the fence, I think it still will be attractive on the other side in any case and definitely an improvement over the chainlink fence that is there now.
4:03 PM 02/25/2012 | 0 Votes
We are also thinking about putting up a cedar fence with horizontal planks. Could any of you recommend a contractor and/or give me an idea of how much a fence like this costs?
9:38 AM 03/02/2012 | 0 Votes
I am jealous that you have the skills to do that. Where did you get the wood?
12:15 AM 03/04/2012 | 0 Votes
Please post pictures when you're done. I will be happy to offer complements.
4:42 PM 03/10/2012 | 0 Votes