A board and batten fence. (Gene Hamilton / July 14, 2014)

A board and batten fence - made of vertical wood panels between posts - is an attractive and effective privacy barrier. We've seen the fence panels used to enclose an entire yard or just a part of it, such as a patio. You'll find 4-foot-by-8-foot panels in long-lasting treated lumber and rough-sawn cedar at lumber and home centers. Left natural or stained, they're an attractive addition to any landscape.

A fence contractor will build a 6-foot-high, 50-foot-long treated board and batten fence for about $976, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the materials for $625 and built it, saving 36 percent. Fence building is a time-consuming project that requires careful planning and layout, and then more difficult work like digging holes for the fence poles.

The materials include the fence sections, end posts, concrete and galvanized nails. You'll need to have a shovel, wheelbarrow and basic carpentry tools. To make the job easier, rent or borrow a post hole digger.

Before you do anything, contact your local building department and ask if there are building code requirements and permits needed to build a fence -- there usually are. And refer to a copy of your property survey to make sure you know exactly where your property begins and ends to avoid building a fence on your neighbor's property.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$976 -- $625 -- 12.6 -- 25.0 -- $351 -- 36 Percent