Privacy, Price & Prettiness All Wrapped into one!
Last summer I had one major home improvement goal...to install a fence! Between the dog sneaking out and the kids running too close to the road, I could not wait to get my fence installed. As with most of my home projects, I have big dreams and limited funds. My mother would tell me that "I have champagne taste with a beer wallet". Although this may be true, I'm going to keep on reaching for that champagne :)
I knew that the only way I was going to get the fence I wanted was to design it myself, purchase the lumber and enlist my super-handy brother Anthony, father-in-law Brian, and always willing husband Carmen to do the grunt work. We had roughly $1,000 budget and needed to fence in about 1/4 acre side yard. In addition, my fence HAD to be "unique" and pack a design punch. So here's how I did it:
I started with a sketch...I used the sketch to calculate lumber and obtain a building permit from the city I reside in. Since most of the fences I typically see run their boards vertically, I thought it would be fun to play around with a horizontal pattern:
Dig NY. They came and marked where the underground cables and utilities ran for everyone's safety...
Next, we decided to put posts every 5 five feet so that the runs would be sturdy. However, in doing so we calculated that we would need 29 post holes. That's when we knew we'd have to rent an auger for the day. We actually rented a dingo and that way we could use it to transport lumber back and forth to the different spots we needed it too. It ended up being the best money we spent and it cost under $300 to rent...
|The Hubby (left) and my Little Brother (right) in action :)|
** If you like my fence post, you'll love my front porch tour...check it out!