Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Outdoor Project Accomplished!


We have lived in this house 20 years and the chain link fence around the pool was on the list to replace, you know how those lists go, for years and years. It was just not in the budget to have the kind of custom wooden or iron fence we wanted professionally done.



My husband got the brilliant idea this winter of using the existing metal posts that are in concrete, so we didn't have to dig new post holes.  He  built a 4" x 4"x 54" long box around each pole (securing the wood with metal straps to the pole) and then screwed the horizontal boards to the new wooden post. Because it is taller than a deck fence and 'stock' slats, we had to custom make each slat 48" tall. 


We started our pool yard fence project mid April, and I was complaining about how hard it was in this post . By Mother's Day we had done about 10 sections and were doubting we would meet our goal of completion by pool opening Memorial Day.  My son came home for my birthday and Mother's Day and helped us whip out 13 sections in 2 days- best present ever!  We put the last section up this weekend and are starting on the finishing touches.



We need to get some hardware for our custom double gates and put a few finishing touches on, but basically we are done.  It is so rewarding to look out there and see that we made this entire fence ourselves.  The materials cost us aprox. $1700 and the labor was free! I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and we saved thousands of dollars.  Thank God I don't have to paint it 'til the fall or spring, since it has to 'season', but I am really liking it this natural wood color.

Thanks for following along and enjoy your short week! 






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19 comments:

  1. That looks great! Can you send your husband here to do my fence??!

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  2. Fantastic! I love your husband's solution to reuse part of the old fence.

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  3. oh great idea and what an improvement! It looks really great.

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  4. Gorgeous!! What a brilliant idea to leave the posts, those would have taken forever to dig out!

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  5. Well done! Congrats on finishing this project. Looks great!

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  6. It looks great! My husband needs to get some of these skills... Gibbs looks as handsome as ever!
    -Shelley

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  7. Looks great , now we start our crazy outdoor landscaping and the yard will not look pretty like yours until the Fall..;(! Love it!

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  8. Brilliant! You get a more durable in the ground metal post with the beauty of wood where you see it.

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  9. This is incredible! You must be busting with pride. I know i would be. This looks very expensive and just perfect. I wouldn't even paint it. The natural wood looks beautiful against all the green. GREAT work! xx

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  10. Wow! What a massive project! You and your husband have every right to be proud! Your flowers are lovely too!

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  11. Wow, what a huge difference. I love your wooden fence and your property is gorgeous, Nancy!

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  12. Woohooo! Definitely worth celebrating about Nancy - all that hard work!! Wow!

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  13. You totally should feel a huge sense of accomplishment because this gorgeous fence makes such a huge difference. Love it

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  14. Wow Nancy! I didn't even know that was possible and it looks amazing. We've got a similar fence scenario in our backyard. what a great alternative to ripping the whole thing out!

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  15. So smart Nancy - it looks absolutely gorgeous with such a custom look! I think several cocktail hours are in order to celebrate all of your hard work!

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  16. Impressive! Will you be spending the money you saved on shoes or fabric??? ;)
    xo, T.

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  17. OMG it looks so fab! I can't believe you all tackled that, but oh the savings! Can't beat that free labor especially with this result. Enjoy the view lady

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  18. Great job on the fence! I love your beautiful flowers too!
    Shelia
    www.houseofhighlands.com

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  19. Brilliant idea to use the existing posts! Your new fence is very unique and I love it. (this reminded me of an idea that I have for a new garden based on an old family cemetery (which our place does not have), and it relies on used chainlink fence for the boundary.)

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