A complete compound wall design guidebook with tips (+FAQs)

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A compound refers to a structure that has been built to divide an area into two distinct plots. Nowadays, exclusive compound designs with unique accessories have become the latest fad. Compound walls provide a layer of security and privacy to a home. These designs also reflect the tastes of the homeowner.  In this article, we discuss the different types of designs for the compound like simple masonry walls, modern cladding walls, etc. We have also listed the different materials used to make compound walls and some unique tips to make your house stand out. Keep reading to get inspired by stunning pictures of the compound design. 

Different types of compound designs have been gaining popularity based on their appearance and functionality. For example, ornamental walls look fancy and uplift the of a house while grilled metal walls provide security. 

To up the style quotient of your home, you can also a vertical garden or a peek-a-boo and add accent lights and decorative niches to make your a talking point.

Whether you’re moving into a new or are looking to redo your existing compound walls, we have got you covered. So, read along!



Types of compound walls

For a long time, simple masonry compound walls have been a trusted choice with their solid foundation. However, in recent years precast walls have gained popularity. The different types of compound walls based on their appearance are:


Simple masonry compound


simple masonry compound wall design
Simple masonry compound wall pattern

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Simple masonry compound designs help give houses the chance to veil themselves from trespassers, dust, and noise pollution. Mostly constructed using stones, red clay bricks or fly ash bricks, steel, and cement mortar, these designs have evolved significantly. Generally, the construction of such walls starts from 2 feet below ground level to ensure that they have a solid foundation. 




ornamental look to the boundary
Ornamental compound wall photo

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In modern times, new compound designs boasting trendy patterns and cut-outs are being used. The ornamental is a combination of a masonry and mild steel/stainless steel grills. In this type of wall, a masonry of 3-5 feet is constructed. Since these are customized as per need, grills or stainless-steel grills are also added for and security purposes. These ornamental designs also feature latticework and animal print sceneries made of moulding metal.


Modern cladding compound


cladding compound wall design using stone tiles in beige colour
Modern compound wall

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Modern cladding compound designs use cladding materials such as vitreous and marble panels. These are fixed over simple masonry walls to give them an aesthetic appeal. These walls are suitable for high-end properties and are used mostly in metro cities in India.




precast factory made blocks painted white
Simple precast compound wall pattern

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Precast walls are usually a mix of steel and concrete. These are ideal compound types for residences. Made in factories across the country, these are easy to install. Also, since these are made in factories the cost is relatively lower due to economies of scale.


Security compound


metal grill added to increase the safety and security of the house
Security compound wall photo

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Security is always a priority, therefore the construction of security compound walls has gained popularity. These designs with grills are used mostly in apartments and residential complexes. Additionally, this type of wall is common in gated communities. 


Materials used for compound construction




brick boundary with peek a boo hole
Brick compound wall

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One of the most preferred materials for compound designs, bricks are laid in many different angles, patterns, and styles to create different designs. Exposed brick walls are sealed with a weather sealant to preserve them for years. Also, these add a rustic look and feel to the design.




stone cladding used gives a rustic and an earthy effect to the decor of the boundary
Stone cladding wall

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The structural frame of an existing is clad with thin stone slabs and ledges with the help of cement plaster and other binding agents. Since stone is a very tactile material,  it comes in different colours and textures.


PVC boards


black pvc used to give a glamourous effect
PVC compound wall photo

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Installing ready-made boards made of PVC is an easy alternative to creating patterns and weaves on the compound wall. These boards are to be fixed to the base with screws. The boards are styled in different designs for an innovative look.


Cement plaster


intricate motifs made of cement give a unique look to the cream boundary
Intricate cement wall

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Wet cement plaster can be carved into motifs, patterns, figurines, and murals. If you wish to create designs on-site, buy from the readymade cement boards available in the market. Also, these create a modern front wall for your house.


Wood planks


wooden planks arranged together to give modern look to the compound wall design
Modern wood planks compound wall

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In homes, wood is being used to create new designs. Seasoned wood is fixed to the simple masonry compound as a cladding. Additionally, treated wood planks are available in different shades and grains for the facades. With the many options, wood panels are a great way to spruce up your home.




metal cutting leaf shaped boundary
Metal compound wall photo

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Metal sheets in grill and jaali patterns are used to create innovative vignettes for the compound wall. These ready-made metal jaalis are easy to install and are available in different designs


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Japanese garden


japanese garden wall design
Simple Japanese garden wall pattern

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Typically made from wood and stone the Japanese garden has intricate and ornate designs.  




See through peek a boo boundary

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A peek-a-boo is made of panels with openings between them. These openings are round or square and of different sizes. The main purpose of this is to provide privacy while allowing natural to pass.


Stucco concrete


stucco concrete wall design
Stucco wall

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Stucco is made of a combination of cement, sand, and water so that it can be applied in a way that creates a thick coat on the surface of the wall.  




stones in mesh cages

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Gabion walls made of galvanised steel, aluminium, and PVC use modular boxes or cages. Rocks and other materials fill the cages. These are then welded together to create durable walls.




green wall of plants
Modern green compound wall

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A green is a vertical garden made out of plants. These walls add a natural look and also help in purifying the air.


Metal fence


metal fence around the house
Metal fence

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One of the easiest ways to give your a modern look is by adding a metal fence near the main gate. Made of materials like mild steel or stainless steel these offer security and also blend well with most exterior designs.


Exposed brick


exposed brick wall design
Exposed brick compound wall pattern

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Exposed brick walls bring an old-world charm to them. These walls are suitable for residences and offer a new look every time you repaint them. 


Stone clad


stone cladding in modern house
Stone clad

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Stone cladding in the form of granite and limestone is used to make the aesthetically appealing.


Ornate jaali


metal cnc jaali design in black geometrical shape
Black Jaali

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3D Metal cuttings in ornate jaali have countless options. These are fixed to the base with the help of screws.




heritage inspired look in pink
Heritage compound wall pattern

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These designs take inspiration from old Indian architecture. They have intricate detailing and patterns.


Sustainable fence


bamboo sustainable fence wall
Sustainable fence compound wall photo

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Sustainable fence walls made of recycled materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and old scraps have gained popularity.


compound wall tips 

  • Many people in India prefer to follow Vastu Shastra guidelines for their homes. According to Vastu, a compound should be higher on the south and the west side as compared to the north and the east side to block harsh sun rays coming from the southwest portion and allow only warm useful rays from the northeast sides.
  • While deciding on the compound keep in mind that there should be no obstructions such as trees, drains, poles, or other walls in front of the compound wall. To remedy this problem, it is suggested that these obstructions are at a distance twice the height of the house which will nullify the negative effects.
  • Accessorize your with marble or wood panels in different colours and textures. Use installations in metal or terracotta to make your wall stand out. Make the compound an accent that shows your personality.
  • Create a decorative niche on the wall. The circular or rectangular niches are enhanced with cement plaster boards and 3D patterns. 
  • Add accent to your designs to add warmth and enhance the overall look. The soft puts focus on the element and adds drama. 
  • It is advisable to use a three-tone colour palette for these walls if you want colourful walls, as it gives a balanced look to the overall of the property. The three-tone rule suggests a 60-30-10 ratio which implies that you must use 60% of the primary colour, 30% of the secondary colour, and 10% of the accent colour.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)


What is the ideal height of a compound wall?

Local municipality rules govern the height of a compound wall. The compound is generally four to six feet in height.  The height of the should not obstruct natural light. 


What is the ideal thickness of a compound wall?

The ideal thickness of the compound should be 8 to 9 inches or 200 to 230mm.


How much does it cost to construct a compound wall?

The cost of a precast compound generally starts from approximately Rs 600 per RFT. While the average cost of building a masonry with a grill would cost approximately Rs. 1400 per RFT including an MS gate.


Do we need permission to construct a compound wall?

You do not need permission to construct a compound as it is not an additional construction if it is already in the plan of the building. However, it is always advisable to check with the local civic authorities.


Why do we need columns for a compound wall?

Columns provide lateral stability to the against overturning. These are also architecturally pleasing and help in breaking the monotony. 



Choosing the best compound walls for your is an important task as they provide privacy and safety to a house. The style of these walls should reflect the architectural of your home. There are plenty of ornamental and modern designs to choose from. 

Compound walls differ based on their appearances like simple masonry walls and precast walls. A range of materials like brick, stone, and wood are used to make innovative designs. Most people want to create statement walls that are unique like a vertical garden or a gabion wall, that will add to the beauty of their house.

Our curated list of unique tips will help you select the most suitable design. Additionally, we have also answered a few frequently asked questions about the ideal size and thickness of a compound wall.

Now that you have all the information regarding compound design, you are ready to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home.


* The featured image used in this article is from Pinterest



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