Dreams in America are said to be made of the quintessential "Mom and apple pie". To me the American dream is about "Mom, apple pie and the classic white picket fence". The charm of an American home with the white, open spaced picket is reminiscent comfort food, a grand hug from a much loved family member, or fond memories of the the family conversation at dinner time.
A white picket fence is more than just a beautiful addition to a home. It is a sense of safety and comfort. Journey with us as we visit a variety of different white picket fences - most of which are scalloped. Picket fences and their posts offer a variety of shapes, sizes and heights and architectural detail. From the very basic colonial to the updated scalloped and varied, to even the craftsman brown picket fence - you choose your style to best complement your home.
Vinyl fences today offer another option - cutting down on the maintenance without sacrificing any of the charm. Journey with us as we review a number of great options and ending with a great garden gate! And join our poll about white picket fences and the classic craftsman brown picket fence.
White Picket Fence with Scalloped Design
White Picket Fence with Scalloped Design
White Picket Fence with Customized Scalloped Design
Decorative White Picket Fence
Walpole Woodworkers offers one of the best examples and variety of picket fences on the Internet. I love the turned spindles, square pickets plain or with decorate tops or the elaborate posts. Walpole Woodworkers is licensed to manufacture and accurately replicate the Colonial Williamsburg style. The designs, the craftsmanship are superior offering charm and lasting beauty to your home and to your entire neighborhood.
Westchester Picket - Walpole Design
"The taller pickets are generously spaced to convey a light, airy look, while the more tightly spaced smaller pickets enhance the strength and compact feel of this eye-catching fence. With routered rails, fascia and kick board, the Westchester has a similar look front to back.
Featuring 5 1/2” square posts and Bedford caps, this is a fine example of a Westchester with alternating pickets."
Build a little fence of trust around today; Fill the space with loving deeds, And therein stay. Look not through the sheltering bars Upon tomorrow; God will help thee bear what comes of joy and sorrow.Mary F. Butts
Innovative Vinyl Picket Fences
Innovative Vinyl Products are made from 100% virgin vinyl (PVC)
"Innovative Vinyl specializes in the sales & installation of premium vinyl
fencing, decking & railing throughout Greater Vancouver.
Unlike the mass-produced plastic products you may be familiar with, our vinyl products are engineered to maintain their true color for a lifetime. This means our products will enhance the value of your property for years to come. Westech® Building Products backs the material by a written "limited lifetime" transferable product warranty.
Although the initial cost of vinyl is slightly more than wood, vinyl upkeep costs are minimal. About the only maintenance required is the occasional washing to maintain the durable finish. You will never have to worry about painting, staining, rotting, warping, popped nails, or corrosion. Our fully routered fence systems eliminate the need for mechanical fasteners resulting in five times the tensile strength, and four times the flexibility of wood.
Our products come in many styles and sizes and are available in white, almond or pebblestone to suit the many homes and businesses throughout Greater Vancouver.
We look forward to the opportunity to earn your business."
The Importance of the Posts
When designing your picket fence, don't forget about the importance of the posts. The posts are integral to the overall design.
"Freeport Westchester Picket Fence
Standing three feet high and crafted with cellular vinyl, this dignified Westchester picket is topped with Bedford caps and has 10” square posts that have recessed panels."
"Fence Supply Source is proud to offer our Vinyl Scalloped Top Picket Fencing made from the highest quality vinyl profiles and fabricated in our automated manufacturing facility. This Classic Picket Style fence provides the same charming view from either side of fence. The cross rails cradle the pickets to give the fence a sturdy and secure fit. These panels feature 1.5" x 1.5" vertical pickets, and the bottom rails are reinforced for extra support. Designed with a classic look in mind, this style is sure to please the most demanding homeowners.
Our vinyl fencing is warranted against any rotting, chipping, peeling, flaking or corroding and are a very low maintenance solution to the problems of treating a wood or metal fence. Pair this gate with our Classic Vinyl Scalloped Top Picket Fencing.
Vinyl Fencing Features:
- Color: White
- Classic 1.5" x 1.5" pickets
- Made from the highest quality vinyl profiles
- Bottom rails are reinforced for extra support
- Warranted against any rotting, chipping, peeling, flaking or corroding
- Low maintenance
- Matching gate, posts & post caps available
Dimensions: 48" High x 48" Wide"
Scalloped Picket Fence Gate
Cedar Walk Gates
Nantucket Picket Gate
"The delicately curved brace and Sphere Post Caps give this 3' H, 3' W Nantucket Picket Gate with concave scallop top a sophisticated look. Gate includes 5 1/2" square posts, a pair of black Heavy Reversible Hinge Straps and a black Thumb Latch."
From posts to gates, your picket fence design needs to be well thought out not just for function but for beauty too. The gate can serve as a central architectural element for your garden design. Yes, you will pay more for the quality but the years of service and beauty will pay dividends to you and your family. Additionally, consider the resale value of your home with the addition of a charming garden gate.
Don't be afraid to put the garden gate front and center to your home. If your home's architecture will accommodate this added structure - go for it - you will forever chance the character and curb appeal of your home - all with one gate!
Lantern Post Plus Scalloped Picket
Lantern Post with Scalloped Picket Fence
This one is my heart's desire - love the lantern post combined expertly with the scalloped picket fence. Add my garden gate and I am completely and forever home.
"Oyster Bay Accent
A stylish and dignified entrance to highlight your driveway or perhaps to accent a path. Consists of a 3' radius curve with stepped scalloped pickets dipping from 3 1/2' to 3'. Facias, backing rail and a 4 1/2" sq. post with Colonial cap complete this accent. You choose a pillar post and lantern, sold separately. Stained white. Motor freight. Shown here with a Belmont Pillar Post.
Oyster Bay Accent
A stylish and dignified entrance to highlight your driveway or perhaps to accent a path. Consists of a 3' radius curve" with the scalloped pickets.
The Oyster Bay from Walpole Woodworkers offers a curved fence combined with a scalloped fence plus a classic lantern too!
White Picket Fence Double Gate
How to Build a Picket Fence
Brown Craftsman Picket Fence
Brown Craftsman Picket Fence
As the video detailed, there are other options beyond just the classic white fence. The brown craftsman fence may be appropriate for your home's architecture too. While we concentrated upon my personal favorite, I didn't wish to leave out another important alternative.
Take our poll - share your thoughts on picket fences - the brown craftsman style fence or the traditional white picket fence?
Poll on the Color and Style of the Picket Fence
© 2010 Ken Kline
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 2015:
Isn't it interesting how each geographic area has its specialties. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. Always glad to see you out on HP.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 20, 2015:
wow, the picket fence are beautiful, however our country do not use this fence, just gates
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on February 10, 2015:
My second home that I had built had a very expensive white picket fence. I later learned that my home was known as the home with the expensive fence. In the end, over time, that fence will pay for itself. I felt the dollars were an investment in my home. I miss that home and I do miss the white vinyl picket fence and the brick walkway.
Yelhsa on January 31, 2015:
That's a smart way of thnkniig about it.
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on January 09, 2015:
Every neighborhood needs a white picket fence!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 09, 2015:
I do love the white picket fence. So many different designs to it.
Metal roofing and repairs on October 27, 2010:
I love the Picket Fence and it is an excellent way of decorating the boundary of your house.They add an extra glow to your house!
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on September 15, 2010:
I am glad you mentioned Huck - yes, I cannot even imagine a picket with the vision of Huck - amazing how we are conditioned. Thank you for stopping by.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 15, 2010:
I always thought a picket fence is a picket fence is a picket fence. Never dreamed there were so many variations. And I can never hear or read about a picket fence without Huck Finn coming to mind. Does this happen to you?