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The terms “permit” and “variance” can be confusing, as they’re sometimes used interchangeably. Both refer to wanting to make a change to your property outside of the standard building or zoning code. In general, getting a permit is usually a slightly simpler and more standard procedure than getting a variance. Let’s take a look at…

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Your once-beautiful fence has become an eyesore. It’s time to hire a contractor to build a new one. But your gorgeous new fence will also benefit your next door neighbor. Surely, she should pitch in half the cost. Or should she? Fences can be a touchy subject with neighbors. And what seems like the obvious…

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Dallas Fence Regulations Explained! A man’s home is his castle. And yes, a woman’s is, too. So why shouldn’t you build any kind of fence and other structures you want on your property? You paid for it, right? However, folks’ creative fence dreams are often dashed by a slew of municipal restrictions. You might suspect…

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Unless your house is in a neighborhood governed by covenants or an HOA, a certain amount of live and let live is necessary. Most people want to get along with their neighbors and live peaceful lives, after all. But sometimes, you wonder. Is that hideous junkyard next door your neighbor’s idea of a comfortable home,…

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The term “line of sight” has many exciting definitions. It can mean the straight line between a missile and its target, an object’s speed towards or away from the observer (also called radial velocity), or a double star

Pool Fence

Like everything else on your property, your fence is a consideration in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Now we’re not claiming to be insurance experts here, and we know there’s a wide variety of policies out there. In fact, did you know you can buy a policy to insure yourself against a zombie apocalypse or an…

Builder Man

When building a new fence, it’s best to build it on your own property. Obvious? Yes. But property lines can be tricky. Most homeowners assume they know where their property ends. But they might be wrong. Before investing in a fence, you really, really need to know your property lines. Enter the surveyor. Dressed in a…

Iron Pool Fences

Swimming pools are popular in Texas, especially in the summer of 2020 and 2021! With lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic translating to less travel and vacation time, homeowners in Texas opted for the ‘staycation’. Along with trampolines, backyard sand volleyball and gardens, in-ground swimming pools became a must have for the backyard. In fact, pool…

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We often see people all fired up about their projects, which is exactly how we feel when building a new fence. But we all need to slow down, take a deep breath, and remember our city government and its rules regarding fence permits. Because even fences are subject to regulations. Depending on where you live,…

Driveway Wooden Gate with Iron Frame

As we know, the government has many restrictions on what citizens can and cannot do. This can be annoying, but without rules, there would be chaos.