Designing Outdoor Ranch Gates
Ranch gates are popular in the countryside. If you own a ranch or if you grew up in a ranch you are probably familiar with these types of gates. There are several tips to designing ranch gates. Here are some of them. Measure the gate space. Leave room for columns or posts on either side. Plan to use double gates that are each 4 to 8 feet wide with a locking system in the middle where the gates meet. Sketch the ideal gate system for visual appeal. Use a symbol from the ranch or farm, if you like, on each gate. Create metal framework and add wooden images cut from cedar, for example. Ask a metal specialist to help create a special design with scroll work or family initials as another option. Plan the posts or columns. Build block columns of concrete blocks or cinder blocks covered with stucco or bricks, for instance. Use heavy-duty round or square metal posts sunk into 3 feet of concrete as another option. Don’t use wooden posts, because wood will not sustain gate hardware over time like metal or concrete structures.
Buy hardware to support the gate. Install an in-ground metal socket where the gates meet. Use this socket to receive a gate drop-down bar to keep the gates closed when desired. Add a heavy duty locking system or automatic key-less lock, if needed. Add special safety features for overseeing protection. Install a camera near the gate in a tree, for example, to watch for unwelcome visitors. Add a speaker system to talk from the house or another building to those desiring entry at the gate. Use motion detector lights or alarms to enhance the security further, if desired.