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Season of Change: A Goodbye and Hello at Frederick Fence

August 28, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

One of the distinguishing factors that makes Frederick Fence such a popular company among its customers and employees is its family atmosphere. Whether you’re a customer who bought a home nearly 30 years ago, a repeat customer on your third move or a new homebuyer in Frederick, you’re considered part of the family for this fence supply company. It’s one of the core values built into the company by our founder, Charlie Powers, since 1982.

When you look at Frederick Fence’s staff, you’ll see folks who have been there from day one—as well as a few recent additions—who call this place home. As with most families, there are those who simply choose to sometimes move on to get to the rest of their lives and sometimes there are new arrivals that continue to bring a richness and depth to the group. This summer, Frederick Fence will lose one of its most cherished family members while simultaneously welcoming a new one. We’d like to take a moment to honor them both!

Farewell to our master repairman–John Angles. Thank you for your many years of service and for being such an incredible asset to our team!

Goodbye to Our Friend and Master Craftsman, John Angles

If you’ve called Frederick Fence for a repair on your fence in the past 20 years, chances are that John Angles paid a visit to your home. Hired initially in 1988 as a Foreman and Deck Builder, John has acted as Frederick Fence’s Service Manager since 1998 in charge of all repairs. Having taken a brief break in his early employment, John has skillfully applied his master carpentry skills to the delight of many customers within the Maryland, Virginia, DC, West Virginia and Pennsylvania area. “John is a brilliant problem solver,” says Erin Powers, Vice President. “He can fix practically anything and always manages to make people happy when he visits their homes. We’re all sad to see him go, but nearly 30 years of service is truly a great way to end his time with us.”

Originally from Dickerson, Maryland, John comes from a large farm family—he’s one of nine children— and is widely known and loved by Frederick Fence staff and its customers for his warm and friendly approach to making fences whole again. “He loves coming into work knowing that he’s going to spend a lot of his day fixing people’s problems,” says Powers. “He has a generous spirit that’s infectious and fun—people around him are always smiling.” After his many years of service, Angles plans to spend much of his time traveling and seeing the country, his friend and family from his RV; however, he’s still open to do the occasional creative fence design project should a customer specifically require his amazing carpentry skills.

We wish you all the best, John Angles. Thank you for all you’ve done and for your truly humble but inspiring dedication to Frederick Fence.

Hello to the New Mrs. Powers

Frederick Fence sends many blessings to both Todd and Laura Powers. Congratulations on your wedding–may you share many years of happiness and joy!

The Powers family at Frederick Fence recently celebrated its newest addition—Todd Powers, son of Charlie and Diane and the company’s Director of Vinyl Operations, recently married Laura Lebherz. Todd and Laura were married on August 11 at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Frederick, followed by a reception of about 200 of their closest family members and friends at the Walkersville Overlook.

Todd met his bride about five years ago through mutual friends and got engaged earlier this year. Their first date featured target shooting and dinner and the rest is history. “It’s great to have another female in our ever-growing family,” says Erin Powers. “We were all thrilled that Todd found his true soul companion when he met Laura; this is a very happy time for us.” After their wedding, the couple honeymooned in Antigua.

As for their future, Todd and his lovely wife are still figuring out what happens next for them. According to Erin and Kelly Powers—Todd’s sisters: “Our biggest hopes are that they soon take advantage of the amazing babysitting service that Charlie and Diane Powers offer up to all their children and that we see a bigger home and fence in their future!”

We wish Todd and Laura all the best and many happy years of marriage in the decades ahead.

 

 

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Finding Calm Before the Fall: Tips for Decluttering Your Yard

August 22, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Got old pieces of fence or shrubs that don’t add to your yard’s appeal? Take a weekend and clean out your yard now in time for next spring, where you can truly make a fresh start!

For many, our outdoor spaces become our own personal sanctuary. A place where we can unwind, relax, enjoy time with our family and friends and enjoy our own personal space. But just like our indoor space, our own outdoor oasis can sometimes benefit from a substantive overhaul after a few years of tranquil indifference. Children grow older and so why keep that wooden swing set with that dented yellow slide attached to it (you know the one—we’ve all got one in our neighborhood that just sits there!)? Maybe you’ve recently looked under your deck to fondly gaze upon those 15 to 20 flower pots and think “next year, I really will use them, knowing that you said the same thing five years in a row. Maybe you wish that your spouse would just pitch those old shears that don’t cut a darn thing, but still hang in the shed only because he or she claims “they just need oil.” Yes, sometimes you need to do some spring cleaning within your yard—especially when fall is approaching! To help you restore some peace and tranquility for next year—here are some tips for decluttering your yard now!

Commit to One Weekend With Everyone Involved

Rather than promise to do the garden one weekend, the tool shed one night next week or the front lawn when the temperatures cool down, commit to a plan where you take on your yard within one dedicated weekend. Even if this brings you to a state of slight overwhelm, it’s better to work through the pain and get it done all at once! This way, you can tackle the shed, the garden the deck and any other outdoor living areas and have a sense of accomplishment when all is said and done. Before starting, take a night before the weekend and simply sit down with the other folks who share your home (yes, put them ALL to work with you so everyone shares in the fun) and develop the map to tidying up the yard.

Fall is a great time to get rid of those flower pots you say you’ll use next year…when you know you really won’t!

Preferably assign folks an individual space, create an action plan cleaning out each area together. Sure, it’s easy to have your children focus on something like their own swing set or the sandbox, or have your husband do the tool shed. However, what often happens is that folks can get distracted when left to their own devices. Taking on each yard area together means everyone plays a part in going through the entire yard at the same time! This way, you’re less likely to still feel frustrated when someone says, “I finished” and you look over and see that what they meant was that the mess has simply moved to a new position and you still have items in your yard you know need pitching!

Plan With the End in Mind

Surely you’ve read that book about those seven habits by now! Rather than just go through the motions of decluttering your yard, write out a statement that captures exactly what the yard needs to look like by the time you’re done! If your goal is to toss every tool that doesn’t work properly, then make that a goal to check off once you complete the entire process. Have a plan for your life to have only flowers planted in the ground around you? Then make it a line item to commit to tossing every single empty pot. Tired of honeysuckle in your yard? Then make one of your items to uproot it and cart it off!

The important thing to do here is recognize what it will take to make your yard an oasis again. Imagine what you want every area of your yard to look like and how organized you’d like your spaces to become.

Organize the Work

When going through the process of cleaning out your yard, divide it into areas–like under the deck–to maximize your effort in getting it done!

There are several ways you can approach the backyard clean-up effort, just make sure you choose one that will ensure you get the job done during one weekend. You could map out a plan and tackle the biggest problem areas first or start with the front and work your way back to the very end of the yard. If your worst nightmare is having a shed where the tools are scattered about, then start there! Can’t stand having a ton of items that no longer work (like old fountains or ratty looking Adirondack chairs with boards missing) under your deck? Then make that your priority for a starting place!
The bottom line is that if you’re taking on the entire yard, make a plan that you can fully work to completion and get the worst items out of the way first so that you can breeze through the less problematic areas—like maybe your flower beds.

Keep What You Love—Toss What Needs to Leave

Ever hear of the KonMari Method™ of creating blissful spaces? Marie Kondo created a great system for tidying up that results in creating spaces that leave you feeling joyful. As you’re going through the yard, Kondo’s approach encourages you to pick up every item and determine whether or not it gives you a “spark of joy,” meaning if an item is broken or brings you a sense of frustration or dread, then it’s time to toss it out, recycle it or sell it. The goal is to keep only those things that have value to you that you still need.

Have outdoor furnishings that are old and past their prime? Now’s a good time to simply let it go as part of your decluttering process!

Sometimes this process can draw up a lot of emotions—and if you have a strong reaction to something ask yourself why you’re having them. For example, it can be tough to toss out an entire swing set that your children played on for many years. However, if they’re off to college with no plans of moving back home and your main goal is to create a fresh-looking space, then maybe it’s okay to donate the swing set to a new home so a young family can create precious memories. After all, you’ll still remember you have a child each time they text you and ask to add funds to their checking account!

As you’re going through the entire yard, you can create several distinct areas for items you intend to keep, recycle, sell or donate. You can also create a “need to think about this” section so that as you draw to the end of your backyard cleaning process, you can revisit certain items that may have fond memories attached to them, but you still need to come clean about the fact that maybe it’s time for them to go. This is where doing this as a family unit can be helpful—sometimes your spouse or your child will be the one to move you in the right direction to deciding (or vice versa). Sometimes it takes someone else to help you appreciate that those nasty red clay bottoms need to go since there’s no pot to put on top of them!

Don’t be surprised at the end of the process that you realize that you need to add new items because of your efforts. Getting rid of a rake with missing teeth could mean it’s time for a new one! Maybe you need to replace that torn canopy on your pergola so water stops leaking through! (If you do own any outdoor items that you’ve purchased from one of the box stores, go to GardenWinds as they sell replacement parts for all outdoor décor!).

Be Grateful For What You Have and What You’ve Done

Once you’ve gone through your decluttering your yard, take time to appreciate your efforts and enjoy your yard again. Spend time in your yard before the temperatures turn cold and see what you notice about this newly organized space. Maybe you’ll see openings for new items to come in next year once the temperatures warm up, or maybe you’ll go online and find that the expensive outdoor furniture set you always wanted is now 60% off, so don’t feel guilty about filling up the yard with something new and beautiful! After all, it’s your own personal sanctuary—why not enjoy it the best way you can!

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Once you’ve decluttered your yard, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that your outdoor oasis is always there for you!

Need a Fence to Go With that Perfect Oasis?

As you declutter your yard, consider looking at your existing fence. If it’s looking worn down and starting to fade or warp in places, then maybe it’s time to fix your fence with replacement panels or get a new one. Fall is a great time for a fence as installation times tend to be shorter and it’s often easier to get permits approved once the summer season ends. If you need help designing that perfect outdoor oasis, then let us help you put a fence around the backyard of your dreams! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your outdoor sanctuary!

 

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Modern Fences for Modern Homes

August 3, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

RiverPlace, just outside of the Frederick City Limits, offers home buyers the potential to live in a modern environment.

When you drive through neighborhoods in the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia area, one of the trends you’ll encounter are more contemporary building styles in new developments. For example, the River Place townhomes by Wormald resemble a futuristic city with their clean lines and minimalist facades. Visit any of the newest Toll Brothers homes in Loudoun or Montgomery County and you’ll see homes that combine elements like brick and stone to form homes that look as if they were plucked right out of stylish urban metropolis.

If you’re looking for your first home or wish to move to a more urban and modern community, you’ll also want a fence that complements a contemporary home. There are some great modern fence and gate options available to you, many of which combine manufactured with natural materials. Here are some of our options for fences for these modern style homes:

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing represents the new standard for most housing communities sprouting up in the area. Vinyl fencing is one of the most durable fences as it never fades, warps, bows or rots and can

Vinyl fence offers you multiple options that work well with a contemporary home, including the look and feel of natural wood.

withstand the harshest weather conditions. These modern house fence designs maintain the beauty within a planned community and create great curb appeal when it’s time for putting the house on the market.

Vinyl fencing offers homeowners many choices when it comes to colors and textures—some vinyl fence panels now look like wood to where you must get up close to see that the panel is manufactured and not natural! You can also have your panels be one color and your posts a different one to create a more futuristic and eye-popping space. Many homeowners prefer vinyl privacy fences to create a private oasis in their backyard while making use of vinyl split rail or pickets in front.

The best thing about vinyl fencing is that you’ll install just one fence as they last for many years. Depending upon the community you choose, you can often roll the cost of your fence into the mortgage. When you purchase a Wormald townhome at Eastchurch in Frederick, you automatically get a six-foot, white vinyl privacy fence!

Aluminum Fence

Aluminum fence with a flat rail to enclose the panel complements a minimalist style home.

Aluminum fence is a popular option for modern homes as this fence’s panels carry the clean lines from the home to the ends of the yard. Home owners traditionally install aluminum fence with ornamental fence caps or finials; for homes with a modern look, a clean fence rail at the top of the panel helps maintain the minimalist look the home conveys. You can also combine other elements such as brick or stone for a base and then install an aluminum fence on top to create more visual interest.

Wood Fence

Even though wood is one of the oldest and most traditional of fence materials, you can still create a modern look with a contemporary wood fence! For example, you can build a privacy fence where the wood planks are attached horizontally as opposed to vertically. You can also choose to create a wave effect with the boards or integrate metal shelves and lights within the fence. You can also stain and seal the fence with colors that complement the home—such as black, gray or dark brown. You can also build fence made from square pickets and install a top rail that squares off the fence, giving it a more modern look.

True, you will need to maintain this fence and reseal it or replace boards or panels over time, but wood fence makes sense if you’re trying to design a minimalist looking perimeter to match the look an feel of modern architecture on your property.

Frederick Fence is Here to Help You Go Modern

You can easily combine fence materials such as aluminum and brick for a more modern look and feel.

Purchasing a home in a new community and need a fence? Are you looking to replace an existing fence for something more contemporary? Frederick Fence is here to help!
Just let us know what your ideas are, and we’ll work with you to design a fence solution that complements your modern home! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your historic fence project! 

 

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