Western red cedar fence gives homeowners privacy, keeping certain things and others in. When building a wooden fence around your garden, the house is often the main entrance and exit. For smaller garden fences, the gate is letting you in an architectural element that is part of the entire garden landscape. Simple wooden doors are light, but do not add much personality to the fence. Instead, use your gate to be creative.
Covered Gate: Arbor
Holders are trellis arches place around a garden. The trellised design allows climbing plants to grow up and around the structure so that it is fully integrate into your garden. If the gate is to a small courtyard, place the spindle on the outer side. For this type of gate, match the western red cedar fence use on trellis with your gate then paint. Around the basement base, plant climbers like clematis, many green leaves with small flowers, or wisteria, large bunches of purple flowers. This gate style gives the garden and gate together. For a large yard gate, the spindle is higher than the fence and place on the inner wall rather than the exterior.
Covered Gate: Pergola
Pergola is an option for heavy western red cedar fence because the thick beams supporting the fence are use to support the pergola. Similarly, the same wood use for the rods on your fence and gate can be used for crossbeams. This completely integrates the two structures and makes them seem like one. The pergola is not necessarily set on one side or the other. It can be built long enough to pass over the top of the gate. In the design of the door, you can give it a pergola-like effect by using thinner vertical ribs crossed by some thick, horizontal ones.
Simply because it is part of a fence, doesn’t mean the gate needs to see it. For a side gate in your backyard, the gate can be made to resemble a house front door. The lower third or half of the gate should be panel. Frame the upper part, split it in half with a thin vertical beam, and then the top of each half with a curved or arched piece of wood to act as the upper frame of your “windows”. Rather than just leaving this section open, use plugs; horizontally, vertically or both; to create a lined glass effect in the open area. A door handle rather than a lock completes the effect and you have added a second grand entrance to your home.