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East Side Fence Project Completion – or close enough

East Side Fence View - #2I never posted the final look at the fence we installed on the east side of our property.  So here it is.

We finished installing all the custom pieces finally in late September.  Cutting down the panels wasn’t as hard as I thought.  The most difficult piece was putting together the blind post to support the last panel at the end of the run.  The back fence of our property was replaced fairly recently.  Due to that I didn’t want to mess that fence up trying to attach this new section.  So I had to put together a post for the middle of one section of that fence.

I cut down a 4×4 pressure treated post into three sections.  I had to fit them into the bottom (partially below grade), middle, and top.  After I had those fit into place, I then used another full length pressure treated 2×4 to tie it all together and shim out to where the new fence panel would stop.  All said I think it turned out OK and made for a solid structure, though not optimal.  Chris helped me attached the panel and get it level and such and then we were done, except for the gate. 

 As I had posted previously we want a special garden gate to make it more than just a utility entrance to our garden.   Well we didn’t have time to build that prior to going to the Craftsman Weekend and wanted the fence to be complete and secure the property for our trip.  So we built a temporary that’s turning into a more than temporary.  However I have bought the select wood (at $400 – ouch) for the gate.  Perhaps with rainy weekends we’re having now I’ll work in the garage to get it built.  More to come on that.

So we were able to go down to So-Cal and enjoy a few days mingling and getting to know other Craftsman enthusiasts without much thought to having security issues back home thanks to the fence and the new uber-security alarm.

When we got back from the Craftsman Weekend we stained the fence using Penofin.  We used the same stain on the deck to bring the two together, called Transparent Redwood.  In staining the fence we also applied stain to the pressure treated posts as well.  This dulled the typical green color and made them more rosy.

After the fence had cured we went to Mid-City Nursery in American Canyon and bought the landscaping plants.   Julie helped us pick out a great selection of plans that were hardy, low water usage, and low maintenance.  We chose Pyrocathia, maroon grass, and a small bush with red leaves.

The next fence project was the west side of the property.  Post coming on that soon.

 Here’s some pics:

East Side Fence - Picture #3 – Japanese Magnolia

East Side Fence - Pic 1 – Closeup of fence with gate and landscaping.

New Gate & Arch Design

With most of the fence up, I’ve been thinking about what we’re going to do with the gate area for the back garden.  I want it to be a nice entry, something that will tie in with the rest of the house.  

Garden Gate Design - sketch

Click the pic to see a larger image of my scratch.  I’m working on a CAD drawing with more details…

 Now I need to find the wood for the header piece…..

A fencing we shall go….

So Chris and I made some significant headway on the side yard fence this weekend.  We have the free standing corner up and the main panel section.  Overall the look is good and the neighbors can’t be happier that we’re getting rid of the awful eye-sore of a fence that was there. 

Old Fence - ICK – Old Fence – ICK

So after a few fits and fights, we finally got in a groove and got it up.  The basic design is one that I came up with, and Chris then had his input into.  The result is something we’re both happy with, and can’t wait to finish. 

<Design Image Comming soon>

Since we moved in It’s seemed like the backyard was this thing that we really didn’t want to go into.   On one hand, getting there was an extreme hassle – having to go from either the front, and around on the street to access it through the gate, or go through the front bedroom and access from the other side.

Now thanks to having a deck, and a fence, I can see we’re going to be using the backyard a lot.  It’s actually a good bit of space, even though the garage is there taking a chunk out of it. 

So what’s left to do:

  • Finish panel installation:  We have two more panels to put up – though these are customized panels to fit into the small area by the gate, and at the end of the one long run.
  • Acquire material for side-gate archway and gate:  The plan is to have a custom gate and 8 ft high arch that reflects the same style of the house.   My design for the arch calls for cladding the 4×6 posts on each side in a redwood 2×8 on the face and back, with redwood 2x4s making up the interior space.  This will dress up the face of each post, and make it look like a massive redwood post holding up a true 6 x 8 redwood beam.  I know it’s going to be costly for the beam, but I want to make a statement with it.  Also, there will be a corbel treatment on each side of the arch to mimic the corbels on the house.
  • Clad Fence Posts:  Besides the arch, each of the pressure treated posts will also be clad with a redwood venieer.  These will be 2×6 redwood planks except for each corner, where we’ll one 2×8 on the monterey side, and a 2×6 on the side-yard facing side.
  • Put on a pretty face:  We both really like the look of the redwood, and want to keep it lookin like natural.  The plan is to have both the deck and the fence in natural colors.  Contractor extrodinairre, Jeff has said that we should use a product called Pro-Deck.  This will give us the protection and no stain will be required.  I need to find out if we can use any kind of varnish on the fence to make cleaning grafitti off easier and less damaging.  I know a brand new fence will be too much of temptation for taggers.

Here’s some pics from this weekend’s activities…..  (Most Photos Taken by Helen Randles)
Fence Weekend Pic - 1 – Fence Weekend Pic – 1

Fence Weekdn Pic - 2  – Fence Weekend Pic – 2

Fence Weekend Pic - 3 – Fence Weekend Pic – 3

Fence Weekend Pic - 4 – Fence Weekend Pic – 4

Fence Weekend Pic - 5 – Fence Weekend Pic – 5

I’ve got a few more pics I’ll upload to this post of the overall fence.  These were taken yesterday in the cold gray light of morning.

 Here’s some more pictures of the fence.

View of Fence - 1  — View of Fence – 1

View of Fence - 2 – View of Fence – 2