Above the Rest Builders Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the maximum height for a fence?
A: In most cities fences may be placed anywhere within a 15 foot setback; however, they are limited to 4 feet in height. Fences up to 7 feet in height may be placed anywhere within the side and rear yard areas.

Q: Do I need a permit for a fence?
A: You don’t have to in most cities if you are replacing an existing fence, and if all neighbors are in agreeance with the fence height and design. If you are constructing a new fence that exceeds the 4 foot and 7 foot height limits, or any fence that is located in a right of way, you are advised to obtain a permit.

Q: Can I construct an arbor or perogla in the front setback area?
A: Arbors and pergolas up to 15 feet in height may be constructed outside of the setback areas with a building permit.

Q: What is the difference between Con Common VS. Con Heart Redwoods?
A: Con Common Redwood is made up of a combination of heartwood and sapwood and Con Heart is just made up of heartwood (meaning it comes from the center of the tree as opposed to the exterior of the tree which contains the sapwood) Both contain limited knots and other characteristics not permitted in Clear grades.

Q: What is the difference between IPE VS. Cumaru Ironwoods?
A: IPE and Cumaru are both ironwoods, or hardwoods, used for decking. Ipe and Cumaru are somewhat similar in appearance but Cumaru is often found in two color seperations: Light, known as the standard, Brazilian Teak; and dark, known as Brazilian Chestnut. Both are wonderful decking materials. Cumaru has more of a tendency to show checking than IPE and often is less expensive. Both are rot resistant and insect resistant materials and extremely durable.

Q: What are the permit requirements for a Retaining Wall?
A: In most towns/cities/counties permits are required for any retaining wall, especially if it exceeds 3 feet in height. In which case it may also require structural drawings or engineered drawings.

Q: What is the difference between “Picture Frame” and “Nail On” fences?
A: “Picture Frame” fences, also known as good neighbor fences, are constructed with the fence boards installed in the center of the framing, and then framed in with trim, allowing the fence to look the same from either side. “Nail On” fences are constructed with the fence boards attached to one side of the framing so that one side of the fence has a finish of fence boards, and the other side would expose the fence frame.

Q: How do you install your fence posts?
A: Fence posts are installed into post holes. Post hole diameters are double the width of the post and no less than 2 feet in depth. They are filled with concrete. If post holes are not applicable then galvanized post caps are used and attached to the existing concrete surface using galvanized bolts.