When Fencing Became an Art

For many, building fences is a job, but to me, building fences and become an art. I grew up in New Mexico where my father was an artist and built custom furniture. At the early age of 12 I began to follow in his foot steps.

My father taught me that building a piece was more than just the functionality of it, but to appreciate the process of building it. Like art, it took creativity, patience and a keen eye. He taught me that art is more than a canvas and paint.

After moving to Los Angeles in the early 2000’s I realized that the fences I was building were more then just a structure to secure and provide privacy, they were pieces of art. This transformation of thinking changed my business forever and we haven’t looked back.

10 Years & Counting - Building Fences in Los Angeles


Designing, building and installing driveway gates in West Los Angeles has kept us pretty busy for the last 10 years. We are so grateful to the clients who have trusted us with their vision and have allowed us to build their dreams. Over the past 10 years we have grown to enjoy this journey of new styles and design challenges. Through these years our teams have come together and build as a real team, we couldn’t be more proud of them and everything they accomplish


While faces have changed over time the one thing that has lasted is our commitment to having the highest standard of craftsmanship and passion for each and every project we do.


Our team is a huge reason we have been as successful has we are and we are so grateful to be able to partner with such an amazing team and crew. Every project inspires us to be more creative.


Check out some of the projects that we are particularly proud of. If you are interested in having us build you a custom fence or gate, send us and email at Info@harwelldesign.com.

Installing Driveway Gates in Beach Cities and Beverly Hills

While fences remain the #1 item we build, coming in a close second are our very popular Driveway Gates. From Sliding to double and single swing, we help both home and business owners all over Los Angeles keep their property secure and protected.


Some of our most frequent clients reside in beach areas and high profile properties. Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Beverly Hills are some of those areas. In Manhattan and Venice Beach most of our clients need help keeping their gates from rusting from the constant sea breeze that eats away at their steel frames. This can cause a very frustrating experience while using your gate. High pitched screeches to sagging and even losing the ability to function properly all together. It’s important to have these frames maintained and in some cases replaced.


In Beverly Hills, where some of our higher profile clients reside, the main concern is safety and privacy. We have always made sure to have high end lock options both functioning as well as cutting edge technology. We also make sure to give these clients the privacy they are looking for while complying with any and all height restrictions and codes.


Driveway Gates in Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach and Venice Beach all reflect a high end look and functionality. We are proud of the the design as well as the longevity our gates provide.

If you are interested in getting a new driveway gate installed at your home or business give us a call today! (310) 601-6616.

The “White Picket Fence”

The “American Dream” is not complete without the white picket fence. While this design has dropped in overall interest, we are alway still just as eager to help someone build their American Dream iconic fence.
Most recently we build a lower style picket fence to still give a modern feel but maintain the iconic look and feel of the white picket fence. Included is the automatic sliding driveway gate that matches the rest of the fence.


Reclaimed Has Been Reborn


Reclaimed wood has made a significant impact in the design and world. We have seen this even bleed into landscaping and exterior design. Bringing it into our fence designs has been inspiring and pushed us to seek elevated styles with reclaimed material. Reclaimed wood has a worn and raw look where each board tells its own story. Collectively you are left with a wooden quilt, reborn to a modern fence, gate or wall extension.

Check out our Reclaimed Wood Page for more information.

See some of our design examples and pick out your favorite pattern or style. If you are interested in creating a one-of-a-kind piece give us a call and we can help create your reclaimed project!

Call our Office: 310-601-6616

Refinish Instead Of Rebuild!


Is your deck looking like it needs a facelift? Are your fence boards looking grey? Are the colors looking dull? Then it might be time to have them refinished. 

We pride ourselves in bringing ageing wood back to life. We always sand off old coats of paint or stain to give your boards new life and a chance to look brand new again! 

Our crew is trained in knowing how to sand correctly and using the right grit for the right wood type and density. A wood that is recommended to not stain at all is Ipe -a very dense wood that actually looks best if it is not stained to start with because it maintains its original look without the stain.  Unfortunately many designers do not know that and have clients choose stain colors.  Often, it causes an unwelcome problem to learn this lesson.  It can be done but the wood itself is already quite expensive and dealing with an inappropriate finish can cause a lengthy and labor intensive effort that doesn't improve the looks very much and that finish also does not maintain well, so the whole tedious process needs redone in a few years.  Helping our clients learn about the nature of a certain wood of interest helps our customers select their wood and designs for a lasting and fitting finish. 

We are here to answer questions about your dream wood that help you be happier with your intended result.

For more pictures that stimulate ideas as well as provide a selection for choice, visit our website HDrefinish.com. You can send us your info and we will schedule a time to visit your project so we can send you an estimate. Give us a call today! 310-601-6616.


Modern Fencing In Los Angeles


Sleek, black and modern have always been in popular demand! We are happy to offer custom wall extensions, fencing and gates! This is a custom project with horizontal wall extensions to give more privacy in the front yard along with an entry gate. 


This gate was designed to fit around the existing stucco wall. It is a simple unique design that is subtle, yet handsome and works well with the exterior of the home!  


Looking Back At The Same Quality

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Over the weekend I found a box full of old photos of our crew and some of the projects we had done in the past. One photo stood out because I noticed that our standard quality has not declined.  I couldn't help but smile seeing crisp, clean lines and smooth boards on a horizontal wall extension project we did in Los Angeles. Our welding was spot on, painted cleanly and installed perfectly. We pride ourselves in the high quality of work we put out and looking at these photos speaks volumes about how quality keeps you around to continue to grow. 

If you are interested in getting a fence or gate installed give us a call and we can help set up an onsite appointment toward the first step of your exciting project! (310) 601-6616

Driveway Gates In Los Angeles


Driveway Gates are one our most popular items that we build and install. We have several different styles and designs for your selection.  Featured on our site are many different types of functionalities, as well.  Single swing, double swing, sliding, have an option for either manual and automatic openers.  Driveway gates give complete privacy for your entire property and I believe that is the main reason they are in such demand. We make sure to build all our driveway gates with top quality materials and take the time for extra details during construction that give our outstanding finished look. This is key to having a long lasting look and function of your desired driveway gate. 

Living in Los Angeles we count on the sun to shine most of the time. With all that sunshine, the last thing you want is for your wood frame gate to get dried out by the sun which can cause shifting, shrinking, loosening and wearing out too soon unless you take the steps required to assure the gate is properly supported by a strong frame to keep it tightly in place. By using steel framework and steel posts so the structure of your driveway gates will last 5 times longer than any wood frame gate. The pre-staining we do also is needed if your want a longer lasting finish.  It is easy to see the high quality we insist upon in every gate and fence made by our fantastic build crew! See for yourself and call to ask about our fall specials.  

Give us a call to set a time that we can view your project! 310-601-6616

Made New Again!


Reclaimed wood projects have great transformations. We love getting underneath the ageing wood to see what colors come back to life. Even when the colors aren't what we had imagined them to be they always take to stain and become vibrant colors. We have extensive experience with many different kinds of wood and how to revive their original look and give them new life. Everything from sanding the boards properly that assures a finer finish and gives a sleek look, to how the right stain is applied so evenly throughout the finished product.  Don't settle for ageing, dried out wood that drags your overall look down. Bring life back to your fece or patio decking. 

You don't need to believe us...find out for yourself on our Refinish website: www.harwelldesign.com
Then give us a Call to see how we can help you today! 310-601-6616

Custom Fencing

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We love to be challenged and give the client exactly what they are looking for. In this instance, we had a rather large tree that was placed right in the middle of a property line. Both neighbors loved the tree and the shade it provided so we thought of a way that it would leave both sides of their yards with a custom look and both of them happy, without a cut into anyone's property. The most important goal was to keep the beauty of the tree and keep the beauty of the fence. Mission accomplished! 

Give us a call today if  you have a fence or gate project, and you would like us to help you enjoy our outstanding designs for your yard that compliment your home too!
We offer Free Estimates! 

Privacy Can Still Be Beautiful


Many of our clients ask for a fence or a wall topper to increase privacy of outdoor living spaces. Our focus is to build the fence that fulfills the idea our client already has in mind. And we welcome meeting with our clients at our large showroom to discuss and or create their projects as we listen for how we can help their ideas define a space to enhance their yard and also provide a new and private setting. 

We help clients consider where the sun light can best be used as a highlight for  year round family outdoor gatherings. Do you also want a space for quiet fun or even the privacy of napping in a hammock?  The finished design may include being shielded from a bit of harsh light to leave a cooling effect. Sometimes it turns out to be a perfect place to read a book or chatting with a loved one. 

We have a few ways we add personal features that balance the design and have a project turn out just right. One way is to introduce a plexiglass wall extension or a custom design plexiglass fence. Another way is by creating a custom horizontal slatted topper allowing for partial visibility. Both options introduce light and block out unwanted attention.

 Call us for our personal design consultation from Arian Harwell: the owner/designer of Harwell Design. Arian is a wealth of experience using his actual building skills and knowledge that also offer his proven ways that protect your finished projects longer and save you money.  Combined with his trained eye for detail and design at his fingertips, Arian will share the best of both worlds plus answer every question about your project.  Best price, best consult.  You may purchase online now for a limited discount.  

If you are looking for extra privacy in your outdoor living space feel free to give us a call and we can set up a time to give you a Free Estimate! (310) 601-6616

Unique Ideas

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We love helping clients piece together and build what they have envisioned. In Los Angeles, there may be a lot of questions about what is the best design. For some, this may be a simple chain link fence to protect a space. For others, that means designing and creating a one-of-a-kind fence or a gate that provides the privacy wanted for their yard.

Whatever your vision is, we can help you bring that vision to life. 

In this case our client wanted a unique design that would set the tone for the rest of her outdoor landscaping. Everything, from how we stained the boards to the over all cuts of the wood that made the difference she was looking for.  We made sure that it would be exactly what the client wanted. 

Call us to set up an appointment if you have a project that needs a special eye for design, or if you want to create a simple fence to close off an area for privacy and beauty, we would love to help your unique idea become real! 
 -  (310) 601-6616

The Trend of Horizontal Fences


Horizontal Fences have steam rolled their way into our yards and have become the most popular design in Los Angeles. The horizontal wood design is the shiplap of fences. Adding a touch of sleek modern design to any yard, it is no wonder the horizontal fence has wedged its way to the top to being the most popular fencing design.

Our horizontal fences often get paired with mid-century modern homes. The result blends the look of the 50's and 60's with a modern border around the yard. Imagine this horizontal design that evolves into staggered designs, using a variety of the peek-a-boo gap sizes between the boards that can vary the look of the fence that add to the design of your yard.  Horizontal fences have rightly earned their place in the local neighborhood yards and even larger business properties. The timeless look of horizontal fencing is here to stay and we look forward to making many many more. 

Click the link to view some of our designer fences with the horizontal design then give us a call for a FREE ESTIMATE (310) 601-6616

Creative Custom Gates


We are always excited when we get a challenging design, especially one that a client is excited to build. It becomes a win/win situation of serving the clients' needs while having us grow individually as we widen our portfolio. With every design, whether fence or gate, we always love to collaborate and problem solve. This project in particular was looking for a way to have a wide opening without losing space. The solution? Layered sliding gates! By layering the gates on a track we were able to make the gate wide enough for the client to enjoy without eliminating space. 

If you have a custom project that needs some problem solving give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you!

Our phone number is (310) 601-6616.  And you can also Visit our website www.harwelldesign.com for viewing our photos of many gate designs featured all over L.A.

Working Together!


Working with great clients is another part of Harwell Design we enjoy. Sabrina was a rockstar client of ours that we were excited to work for, which is why we are ultra excited to show off her project. For a front yard fence we knew there would be some height limitations so we got together and came up with a solution. In Los Angeles, fences in the front yard can't be higher than 42 inches, but we can build taller as long as we build giving 50% visibility. We were going to install horizontal slats that gave a 50% gap, however Sabrina wanted to do something different and we loved that idea. Staggering the boards on top was the new design and one we are proud to show off! This is what happens when we listen to what the client wants. Combined with what we must do for a sturdy, and lasting structure...something truly and beautifully unique is the final result!

Thank you again Sabrina for trusting us with your fencing and gate project! 

This sort of expanded checkerboard pattern abides by the city's code that requires 50% visibility while having an "outside the box" design.

What design are you dreaming of that Harwell Design can help you have in your very own yard?  The more ideas -the more fun! Call 310-601-6616


Los Angeles Deck, Fence and Gate Refinish

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Before you tear down your wood deck, fence or gate and build a new one, ask yourself if you really need a new one?

More times than not, all it needs is a good refinish. Living in Los Angeles we all know that the sun beats down on wood and quickly dries it out and can take the color and life out of your deck. Our crew is trained to know how to refinish different types of wood to restore it to look new again. Our process is simple and effective. We access the wood and locate any boards that need to be replaced or patched. Then we sand off a layer so the wood will soak in any new stain. Lastly, we apply 2 coats of your stain choice to give your deck, fence or gate the new and lasting life. 

To view our process and our work go to our refinish                                                                   website www.hdrefinish.com

Reclaimed Wood Project!

       We are very excited to show off our new reclaimed wood option of fencing and gates at Harwell Design.  A recent project we did was a reclaimed Wall Extension with an entry gate to give some extra privacy for a back yard and also to enclose the yard with a fence for a new puppy to safely frolic in their yard! Using reclaimed wood is a little trickier than you might think. It takes a trained eye to select the right shades of reclaimed wood to use for blending tones or giving contrast for design purposes. You want a finished product to have an overall balanced look. Our resident artist and master wood worker Jake Harwell was the brains behind our wall extension. For more ideas, view our website that includes our other reclaimed wood projects. Don't be shy, if you are interested please reach out and let us know how we can help you!

(310) 601-6616. 

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Driveway Gates At Harwell Design are One of a Kind!

We make sure every detail is covered when it comes to any one of our projects but especially with driveway gates because of the constant use and movement of the door. Most driveway gates sag over time and become harder to close or open properly. Here, at Harwell Design we make sure all our driveway gates have secure steel posts and are built to last. We pride ourselves in being the best Driveway Gate Contractor in Los Angeles that we can be.  When it comes to design,we bring a proven step by step process to lay the best groundwork from the beginning. Our customer service and overall experience throughout the projects we build, along with our commitment to detail is evident in Southern California.  
And we are committed to having outstanding products all over Los Angeles. 
See more design ideas for yourself as you visit our Driveway Gates Page


4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Backyard For Summer!

Spring time is here! And that means outdoor summer parties are around the corner! If you’re going to entertain in your yard, you’re going to have to turn it into an awesome space that can accommodate your friends & family. Here are some backyard design ideas that can help you get started.

1. Install an updated fence

Before inviting your neighbors over, you’ll want to make sure that your yard is worth showing off. This may mean updating elements like your fence—or adding them if your yard is bare. Tall privacy fences create an intimate setting for enjoying spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Beautiful cedar and other bright woods produce a warm, secure ambiance that keeps the good vibes in and your nosy neighbors’ prying eyes out. 

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2. Add screens so mosquitos aren’t invited too

Screening in an area on your patio area can provide additional protection from mosquitos, which might otherwise carry your pets or small children off in a swarming cloud. Screening is often affordable and is an easy home improvement project for even DIY novices. Installing screening before the mosquitos descend on us once more will allow you to maximize your yard time, letting you enjoy your space throughout the outdoor seasons. Your friends are also much more likely to agree to come to your summer barbecue if they know they’ll be safe from the itchy terror of dozens of mosquito bites!

3. Add lighting so your guests can actually see each other

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Good lighting becomes a necessity once the sun sets. However, the harsh light from your back door or flood light fixture can instantly kill the mood at your party or gathering. Lighting can be effective without being irritating. Outdoor floor lamps with soft colored, low-wattage bulbs cast a warm, inviting glow that won’t make your guests uncomfortable. You may also opt for the pleasant flicker of Tiki torches…or even a fire pit! The light from these sources works well with strong lights, sconces, or other temporary lighting sources. If your torches use oil as a fuel source, you can load them with a Citronella oil to effectively keep mosquitoes away.

4. Give your guests a special area to gather around

All successful outdoor parties provide people with a place to gather, and that’s what your yard should become too. A fire pit is one element that provides a convenient gathering place and will also be comforting on colder spring/summer nights. In addition to being a source of heat and light, you can use your fire pit to toast marshmallows for s’mores! A grill, on the other hand, allows you to barbecue more substantial food, and can be a focal point where everyone gathers to serve their plates of food with that special cookout taste we look forward to each summer. On warmer summer nights the space provided can expand by adding benches on your deck and/or patio that may serve as comfortable seating for having people come together yet give a space for freedom and fun activity.
Privacy fences, lighting, seating, and other backyard design improvements all allow you to create a stylish, enticing atmosphere that has both form and function. There are an infinite number of ways to customize your yard for your preferred style of entertaining. Once you revamp your backyard, you can start showing off your new hangout spot by throwing the coolest (or warmest!) party on the block. 

CALL our Harwell Design Experts to help you create exactly what you want and need. 310-601-6616