Raise the Height of Your Backyard Wall by Adding a Fence


Our backyard is great but has one drawback. The sidewall facing the street is only 4’10” in height so the average person walking can see into our yard and jumping the wall is quite easy. It was time we made a change.

There have been quite a few break-ins in our neighborhood and many of them happen during the day. This concerns us and we want to keep our home from becoming an easy target so we decided to raise the height of our back wall.


The wall is built of basic masonry brick and topped with a short red brick. The expensive route would be to add more brick and simply keep building up but since the brick is nothing special we thought building up by adding wood fencing would be the best, easiest and fastest option.

We called up R & M Fencing here in West LA and they were up to the task. They added 3 feet to the top of the wall using redwood slats that are screwed into a frame that is bolted onto the top of the wall. They also built a custom new gate that matches the fence extension.










For added security they installed 1×1 wood around the gate so people couldn’t peek in and for a nice detail they installed a topper across the wood slats. They sealed it up with Thompson Waterseal and in about 5 hours we had a much more secure yard.

We like the look of natural redwood but it is easy to stain or paint. We decided to keep the redwood au naturel.




It’s simple solutions like this that serve as an excellent deterrent and add to the value of your home. Thanks R & M Fence! You all did a wonderful job.

Note: A reader just reminded us that it’s important to check with your local municipal code regarding the height of fences. Some cities and communities have restrictions on how high you can build walls and fences. Good to know!

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  • Perry Degener
    August 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Love that gable! The pitch is great for keeping snow from bearing down on the roof. Now that we have the breadth of the internet advice, more of us can dive into the building process–provided that we take small careful steps, accompanied by expert oversight.

    • Charles & Hudson
      August 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

      Great point Perry. Roof line designs are just as much about function as they are about aesthetics and its always smart to maintain an arms reach from expert advice.

  • Max Boughner
    April 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I just checked out the blog, and the house looks great, even before it’s completely done. I wonder how everything turned out. Roof lines, especially those made of PVC, are a perfect solution for rotting fascias or leaking and unreliable gutters. It’s best to have roof lines installed by trusted and reputable contractors, as they serve as a concrete foundation for a leak-proof and sturdy roof for our homes.

  • Shraddha
    December 15, 2014 at 4:25 am

    How much was the total cost for the extension?