Ranch Style Fences – We sell many of these and they can be a big project. The state of Texas and the term “Ranch” go hand in hand. What is the real definition of a ranch? Patrick Murfee, the administrator of the Ranching Heritage Association in Lubbock, actually laughed out loud when we asked for one when being interviewed by Texas Monthly Magazine. After talking to him and other experts in the field, they settled on four criteria that a Texas ranch must meet.
1. On the land in question, livestock—cattle, goats, horses, and the like—must be raised for profit.
2. The land can be noncontiguous but must be managed as one ranch—an important point, since many ranches, including the King Ranch, are made up of several chunks of land, some of which are hundreds of miles apart but are overseen by the same person or group.
3. The land must be in Texas. (Nearly 50 percent of the ranch owners on our list have acreage in other states or countries.)
4. The land must be primarily owner-operated; that is, owned and run by the same people, or at least members of the same family. Leased land doesn’t count. That’s why the venerable Kenedy Ranches aren’t on the list.
IN TEXAS IN 1998 THE RECIPE FOR FAME AND FORTUNE CALLS FOR NERDS, not herds. But you couldn’t get the owners of the state’s twenty largest ranches to trade their hundreds of thousands of acres—not even for millions of dollars in Dell Computer stock.
Origin of the Picket Fence
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the term “picket” originates (in 1690) from the French “piquet,” from the verb “piquer,” meaning “to pierce,” hence the pointed shape of the picket. Once used as a weapon, the picket also helped form a barrier. As Random House indicates, its verb form means “to enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection or imprisonment: to picket a lawn; to picket captives.”
History of the White Picket Fence
White picket fencing installations have existed since the early colonial days in American history, as the harsh conditions after the Revolutionary War called for sturdy, utilitarian and simple fence designs. This classic wood fence installation originated from medieval palings that were made of round stakes or flat strips of locally found wood. A white picket cedar fence may have easily been more expensive during the colonial days, particularly if the wood was imported from a location several miles away.
Have you purchased a new fence from Titan this year? Did you know that the expense may be tax deductible? Which Home Improvements Are Tax Deductible?
For tax purposes, a home improvement includes any work done that substantially adds to the value of your home, increases its useful life, or adapts it to new uses. These include room additions, new bathrooms, decks, FENCING, landscaping, wiring upgrades, walkways, driveway, kitchen upgrades, plumbing upgrades, and new roofs.
If you use your home purely as your personal residence, you cannot deduct the cost of home improvements. These costs are nondeductible personal expenses.
However, this doesn’t mean that home improvements do not have a tax benefit. They can help reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay when you sell your home at a profit. This is because the costs of home improvements are added to the tax basis of your home. “Basis” means the amount of your investment in your home for tax purposes. The greater your basis, the less profit you’ll receive when you sell your home.
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As our cities grow our parks and community pools have become a staple in neighborhoods throughout North Texas. Titan Fence has enjoyed providing quality and aesthetically pleasing fences and arbors to several local neighborhoods and city parks. One beautiful community in far North Texas is Savannah located between Denton and McKinney. To browse their web site go to www.savannahdfw.com.
Titan played a key role in developing this community for many new residents.
Excitement sets in as we’re putting the final touches on a replacement in McKinney, Texas!
Contact us for a quote today so we can do the same for you!
As a rule of thumb you should stain a fence every 5 to 7 years depending on the type of wood. We always recommend a Cedar fence. Cedar has natural oils and acids in the wood that make it undesirable to most insects. This allows the wood to be installed in its unfinished form and last for many years. Cedar also warps less than Whitewood or Pine fences.
It’s impossible to completely prevent the natural weathering that occurs to a wood fence over the years, but you can slow the process by protecting the wood regularly from the elements. The stain you use to cover the wood must cover every part of the wood exposed to moisture. It’s also important to use galvanized or stainless steel hardware in the wood because these metals won’t rust and they resist warping.
The majority of rear entry homes in North Texas have a fenced in backyard that stops at the driveway. If a homeowner extends the fence across the driveway then up the property line, the size of the entire backyard increases as much as 40%.
Having a driveway fenced in creates a larger play area for children perfect for a basketball court, skate boards or roller blades. The driveway being fenced off from the alley also eliminates the fear of children being struck by a car while playing in the driveway.
Sliding vs Swing
If you’re planning your automated access gate, you may be stuck on deciding which to go with: sliding or swing. Truly, neither mode of operation is better than the other. Both sliding and swing gates can provide years of lasting use. For Automatic Swing Gates, use of hydraulic or mechanical operators will ensure trouble free installation and use. Sliding gates occur more frequently in commercial or industrial applications, but can be modified for residential use. Titan Fence offers an inventory flush with different operating and control options Titan Fence expert will work with you on deciding which mode is best suited to your new or existing fence configuration.
Pool fences have saved countless lives! “Safeguarding a pool with a perimeter fence or mechanical cover is something that every owner should do,” says Seth Gilman, senior vice president at Poms & Associates, an insurance brokerage in Woodland Hills, Calif.
A four-sided fence — one that completely isolates the pool from the yard and the house — reduces the risk of a child drowning by 83 percent, according to the CDC.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the No. 2 cause of death for children age 1 to 14 and the sixth-leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages.
About 300 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools every year; the pools usually are at their own homes. One-third of these drownings occur at pools owned by friends or relatives, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.