On a beautiful 60 degree day not that long ago when winter decided to take a break, I was sitting in my neighbor’s back yard and she asked “so what have y’all got going on over there at the house“.
What she means is–have we got any improvement projects or renovations planned?
I wish my answer was yes. I wish my answer was, “actually yeah, we’re gonna rip the second story off next week and go to town on a master suite, kitchen addition and we won’t stop until we’ve dormered the entire second story. It will be absolutely dreamy.”
My real answer was “Nah, not really, I think we’re going to put up a fence.”
Dan and I have been round tabling some fence plans. One reason being, we fancy another dog. And then when we acquire the new dog we need to wrangle the dogs and the kids and privatize our backyard situation.
A small, raised bed kitchen garden would also be me in my future, after all what kind of thirty something would I be if I didn’t want raised garden beds. So that means I need to keep the deer out because I have regular deer visitors.
A fence can be pretty expensive, especially when you have a half acre or an acre of property to fence. Most of the time the cost will be in the thousands for basic wooden fencing so we want to make wise choices to protect our budget and ensure our fence will last.
Contain pets & kids
Keep deer and bunnies out to make way for garden
The pre-existing 2 foot tall brick wall to the right
Should we build on top of it or to the side of it?
Existing privacy fence to the left?
Should we rebuild or repair it?
How wide should we make the gate?
Dan wants to mix three styles of fencing together.
Dan’s fence proposal:
Run a traditional and very standard privacy fence down the left and right side, like the fence below. Dan’s thought here is that we will ultimately plant evergreen trees and shrubs that will eventually almost mask the entire fence. But for a while-likely this entire season and for the next five years after that, we will see a lot of fence.
Then he suggests that we fancy it up on the front portion with something like this,
And then along the back in the woods he proposes we cut costs and put some wire fencing there. It will disappear into the woods and you won’t notice it.
I on the other hand only want to mix two styles of fencing. Dan and I agree on the fancy front and we agree on using a wire fence on the back because it virtually disappears in the woods. Where we disagree- using a simple and boring privacy fence down the left and right sides.
I’d rather have something like this installed,
The sides in my plan match the front sections. Here’s another simple fence design with the top board and simple columns and it’s sitting on a short concrete wall kind of like the situation we have with the low brick wall.
We are meeting with the fence contractor this week to get a quote. I’m hoping there isn’t that much of a difference in cost between that boring version that Dan wants to put down the side and the more finished look with the top rail that I want to install.