Reclaimed Would Be Nice

Pinterest has reported that search inquires for reclaimed wood is on the up swing.  While our style is more on the modern end of the design spectrum we have managed to incorporate the rustic style of reclaimed wood into our modern niche. Having experience taking down thousands of fences we have choice reclaimed materials to choose from. Recently we were able to show off our reclaimed modern design on a project in Beverly Hills, California. The solid black metal framework compliments and frames the beautiful rustic wood. Also, we offer more than simply outdoor fence and gate work. We also do indoor reclaimed woodwork for homes or businesses. Give us a call to book your reclaimed wood project. (310) 601-6616. Or send us an Email

Built To Last

Having problems with a fence you purchased only a few months ago? Harwell Design builds things to last. We can’t help but notice similar looking projects around Los Angeles that won’t/aren’t holding the test of time. At Harwell Design we make sure to build a frame with our fence so that boards to bow and warp. Without these in place your fence will start to bend in just a matter a few months. Our team is trained to know the basics and the small details that matter in building a long lasting fence and gate. Take a look at some of the look-a-likes that we’ve seen driving around Los Angeles and then compare them to the quality of a Harwell Design project. If you are interested in getting a fence that will last give us a call at (310) 601-6616, or send us an email at! 

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Southern California hasn’t seen this much rain in a long time. Wind and floods scattered around Los Angeles and other southern California cities have caused damage to many residential gates and fences. Everything from swelling wood to fences being knocked over by gusts of wind. Most fences that have taken this kind of a beating are usually older fences that may need replacing. However, some damage can be restored and refinished to make look new again. If you are in search to replace or refinish your damaged fence or gate give us a call and sign up for a free estimate! (310) 601-6616. Or Email us at We can’t wait to hear from you and see how we can get your fence or gate looking (and working) like new again! 

Why Wait To Buy A Fence?

Every year people put off doing their fence project until summer. Great weather, typically more time off work, why not right? The only problem with this is that everyone else is thinking it too! So by the time you are ready to start your fence or gate project we will be booked for the rest of the summer. The best advise we can give is start your project today! (While the rain has been an issue for the past couple weeks) we live in sunny southern California! Get your fence project complete in the off-season and you won’t have to worry about construction during the summer. Instead you’ll be worrying about planning a BBQ while getting to enjoy your new fence! If you are ready to book your fencing or gate project give us a call! (310) 601-6616. Or send us an email!! 

Working In Southern California

We love working in Los Angeles, it is home to great weather, scenic beaches and movie stars. And yes, we have had our fair share of run-ins with the actors, singers, and athletes. Will Smith, Dylan McDermott and Fred Armisen are all some of the celebrities that have worked with Harwell Design. We are beyond proud to say we are the company they decided to use to build their fences. 

"It is always a pleasure to work with Harwell Design.  I say "with" because they really make it easy for me to be part of the process.  They care about what they design and build.  I've contracted them a few times for different properties.  They work quickly and completely.  Their designs are so cool!  Reliable and great."
 Fred Armisen

Custom Designs

Over the years we have catered to hundreds of custom projects that range from simple to very elaborate. Our goal is to take challenging designs head on and exceed clients expectations. We start out with a simple sketch and with the help from top designers and skilled craftsman we create a unique gate that will hold up for many years to come. Almost every aspect to our gates are customizable. From the wood we use to the style of frame, we cater to your style. Our welders are used to creating masterpieces and installing them flawlessly. Take a look at these recent creations we have made for local clients. For more information about getting a custom gate give us a call at 310 601-6616 or visit our gallery and browse through the different styles and designs.

New Year, New Look!

Harwell Design is giving itself a makeover! We are getting ready for 2017 by upgrading our warehouse. We have been building a brand new storage room. This room shows off our reclaimed wood designs and we put a faux roof on top! Google also made a trip to Harwell Design last week to photograph our entire warehouse. Now you can take a virtual tour without having to leave your living room! If you are the touch and feel type give us a call to schedule a visit! 310 601-6616.

Adding Equity To Your Home

Looking to increase your home equity? Fences are a an inexpensive way to boost the value of almost any home! Besides increasing the curb appeal and privacy of the home it also gives kids and pets a safe place to play, which can entice many possible buyers. Real Estate experts such as Zillow, 21st Century and Trulia have all suggested adding a fence to your property can help increase it’s value and ability to sell faster. 


Harwell Design has been building fences for home sellers and buyers for as long as we can remember. For a free estimate call us at 310 601- 6616. Or send us an email at

Mid-Century Modern

Harwell Design has made thousands of fences, but among the most popular are the horizontal style. Here in Los Angeles a style of housing that is taking over ins the Mid-Century Modern homes. these homes have sleek modern lines with patterns and decor resembling that of the 1950’s. Many homes have the architecture resembling Richard Neutra or Eero Saarinen. 

Here at Harwell Design we admire these artists and want to contribute to the style of beauty they brought to our culture. Our horizontal fences and gates as mentioned are some of the most popular of our selection. The sharp horizontal lines go well with most modern homes and mesh perfectly with the architecture. 

If you are interested in getting a horizontal fence call our main line (310) 601- 6616. We would love to help you get a free quote! 

DIY - Refinishing

You don't have to replace your dry, warped, twisted, and flaking deck or fence! In nearly all cases it just needs to be refinished. And for hundreds to thousands of dollars less than replacing it.

That doesn't mean just wipe a coat of stain across the planks and hope for the best.

The condition of the wood is important. Wood that has been weathered is dry, splintering, and an open invitation to insects. It also doesn't absorb well.

When we refinish, we sand the planks and posts to get down to the raw wood which absorbs the stain. We seal cracks and putty holes to keep moisture from getting inside. That way we know we're sealing and protecting the material and not putting lipstick on a pig.

It takes a long time but being meticulous adds years to the life of your fence or deck.

We color match to go with your house, your yard, your garden, or your car. And we double coat each surface to ensure the best-looking, longest-lasting finish. It should last you five to seven years before you need to think about refinishing again.

If you're going the DIY route, follow the steps above for the best results. Make sure to sand evenly, especially if you're coating with a transparent stain. That really picks up grain pattern but it also showcases flaws. Be sure to let each coat of stain dry completely. This ensures the best protection and the best look.

(If you try to roll or brush over a layer that is still setting you can pull up sections of drying paint or give it a stucco/stippled texture that looks amateur.)

If you want a top-notch job done by some real swell guys, give us a shout. For more tips, subscribe to this list. Also, check out our Projects Page for all kinds of ideas on Refinishing.

And whatever you do, do NOT replace your deck or fence without talking to us. We can make it look and last like new.

Designer Benches

Here at Harwell Design we don’t cut corners. We inspect every detail of our work to insure that it comes out perfect. Harwell Design is more than just designing fencing and gates, we build furniture (both indoor and outdoor) that matches our unique style. Father and Son team, Arian and Jake Harwell, our in-house Artist and carpenters, spend time each week masterfully designing and crafting custom furniture. 


From now until December 15th we will be featuring his handmade benches. These benches are prefect for any outdoor patio or indoor foyer. Starting at $150, these benches are great idea for any holiday gift. No matter your style or decor Jake and Arian are able to create amazing furniture to stand out and last for years to come. 

We Don't Cut Corners

From the design to the installation of your fence we here at Harwell Design we make sure your fence is made to last. No matter if you ordered a custom design fence or a standard vertical fence all our fences are build to withstand the wear and tear of weather and everyday use. Our workers are all trained to build fences properly, taking pride in their work and not cut corners. All our customers are pleased with the work we do because we care not just about how it looks tomorrow but how it holds up from years to come. You can look at pictures of all our projects on our website.

More Than Meets The Eye

Harwell Design is built around the idea of creativity first. We make sure that everyone in our company is able to express themselves artistically. Fun fact about Harwell Design; many of our employees are DJ’s and perform at local venues (Including Harwell Design). We have carpenters, musicians furniture builders and painters! We love being able to allow our employees opportunities express their talents whenever possible. If you make a visit to our showroom you will see the art all around our shop. We believe in the talent of our employees and try to let them express that as much as possible. Harwell Design is much more than a fence and gate company! Schedule a visit and find out for yourself! 

We Don't Mess Around

We have always done things different here at Harwell Design. If you are doing the same thing everyone else is then you aren’t standing out and standing out is how we want our final product to look. One method in particular that we have used to save our customers the headache of a messy yard, is to pre stain the back of our wood before it arrives on site. This way the only staining that is done on site is the front boards. This method saves time and lowers the risk of spilling on project sites. Other companies wait until they are onsite to paint the back of the boards but this method is prone to spills and accidents. This is just one more way Harwell Design looks out for our customer. 

How Harwell Does Entry Gates

The entry gate is often called the eyes of the home. It is the first thing your guests will notice and often forgotten about by the owner. Here at Harwell Design we take pride in every project we take on, but are especially excited when an entry gate project comes through our doors. Everything from design to the building process we enjoy every second of it. More times than not the owner is surprised at the huge difference an entry gate can make in the appearance of their home. With over 30 years of experience our owner, Arian Harwell, makes sure every project is up to his standard of work. Every detail, from the finish to the locks are built and installed to perfection. If you are interested in getting an entry gate, or perhaps replacing your entry gate give us a call (310) 601-6616. Or send us an email at We would love to hear from you and see how we can build you an awesome entry gate!  

Horizontal Style Fence

You have seen them everywhere. So what is the deal with all these fences being build horizontally? How come so many people are doing it? Well, from a design stance, it’s a much cleaner design and displays a simplistic look. We love the design because it displays a bold look that hasn’t been seen in a while. For a long time fences have been build one way. Not a lot of design revolution in the fencing world, so when the horizontal style came on the scene we were excited to embrace something new! This style is great for modern looking homes and can be done in all sorts of sizes and patterns. Here are some examples we have done in the past. We can’t wait to build more!  

Front Yard Fence

In the past few years we have seen front yard fences increase in popularity, which is really no surprise. Living in Southern California we all know how precious our privacy is and don’t want people walking through our yard. Whether it’s seeing some other dogs business on your lawn or suddenly missing some blooming flowers, people will think because it’s your front yard its a community garden. Building a front yard fence can be an easy way to keep unwanted attention out of your front yard! Typically front yard fences are only able to be 42 inches tall, however there is a loophole! Anything past 42 inches can be build so long as it is 50% visibility. So if you want shrubs, or a unique design from us, know that building a front yard fence over 42 inches is possible. 

Need More Privacy?

Our neighbors recently purchased a trampoline for their kids. Perhaps to burn off some extra energy during the summer. Whatever the reason I couldn’t help but get distracted by the peeking faces going up and down. I reached out to Harwell Design and in just a few weeks our wall extension was going up. I know can relax in my backyard without the curious eyes of next-door bouncing up and down. 

Harwell Design knows that privacy is important to every home. We offer many different designs that work with existing styles along with designs that could offer a great accent to your yard. A wall extension is an affordable option for gaining more privacy without rebuilding an entire fence or wall. If you are interested in building a wall extension feel free to email us at or give us a call at (310) 601-6616.