Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fence complete

The fence is done and we love it! The gates are exactly what we both had in our heads--we didn't look at a booklet or anything to pick 'em out, just described what we had in mind to the head fence guy, and they had 'em built to fit the spaces. The fence was supposed to be done last Monday, but there was a delay of a few days due to a broken machine at the supplier who cuts the dog-ears or gothic points or whatever you want on top of the pickets (the machine cuts them twelve at a time!). And the gate latches are backordered until next Tuesday, but everything else is done, and beautifully.

Here are the first boards going up. These horizontal boards are called runners, not rails, which is what occurred to me. They're what you nail the pickets to, obviously.

And here are the pickets starting to go up. Note the huge truckload of boards.

And the finished fence....

Here's a panorama (sorta) of the whole house with the brick columns and gates on either side. Sister A's a good photographer, isn't she?  :)  And look how well the columns match the house!

We got a new Red Rocket crape myrtle out of this project (the one on the right), onnaccounta a section of the old fence fell on the previous one that was planted in that spot and squashed it flat. The fence company bought us this very nice replacement.

They also gave us a new shut-off valve on the back faucet. Apparently, when they turned the faucet on (for cement mixing), something went flooey (I don't know what) and they decided they'd broken it. We didn't argue.

The final bill will come Tuesday, when they install the last bit of metalwork (the gate latches). It'll be less than the estimate because they didn't have to buy as many posts as originally thought (there were some good metal posts on the east side of the old fence instead of the rotted wooden ones we expected), which is nice. We're very pleased with the entire project.  :)

Minnie can walk through the bars of the gate easily. Sammi, who's quite a bit stouter, has to wriggle a bit more to get through, but it works.

Now we can mark the fence project off our list. The only big remodeling project remaining is the kitchen and floors, a few years down the road.

3 comments:

Thumper said...

Nice! We need to replace our fencing, but we have no idea what it's going to cost us, nor who we should hire... We really should get on it before the existing fence falls.

I love the gate!

AttieCattie said...

verreh nice job, ladies!

Perl Hacker said...

Awesome job, gotta love those gates! Wowie.