A well-constructed and thought out fence can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
For me the fence had to be a considered part of the finished product, not an after thought.
A fence is one of the first things that introduces people to your home. It has the potential to not only complement the home, but make a statement. Of course, a fence also needs to meet some practical requirements of home life such as keeping kids and pets in and unwanted visitors out – not that I have to worry about keeping the kids in these days… it seems they don’t want to leave.