Summer’s Selling Points: A fence in the front yard will be practical. Having the flat area of our front yard fenced in will make it easier to handle the dogs since we can’t leave them alone together. It will also allow us to close the gate with the dogs on the other side leaving a huge (non-cliff containing) play area for Sydney while we are cooking, hanging out in the living room and just hanging out. It will also give the immediate front yard a more finished decorative landscaped look.
Stefan’s Selling Points: Putting a fence in the front yard will make it seem smaller and it isn’t a practical expense. The lobor of digging 2 foot posts holes, the concrete and the decorative 4×4 posts is going to be expensive. If we are going to spend money on installing a fence anywhere, it should be spent on perimeter fencing so we could let our animals run free without the worry of them wondering off. Once our front gate is in, we would have a fully contained couple of acres.Ultimately, I decided that Summer had a good argument. The fence will look great, it is going to allow us to let Sydney run wild while we are hanging around the house and we will have peace of mind regarding the dogs when we are out of town. Yep, that’s right, we are installing a decorative and practical fence in the front yard. Added bonus? The fence is going to provide shade for new plants, frame in the landscaping and it will house low voltage lighting along the posts to light up our treacherous rock driveway.
The Fence Plan: We haven’t built a fence before, so the plan is a little iffy. I’ll keep you updated via posts over the next week or two. To start, we pulled strings from corner to corner where we wanted the fence line. We then measured out post holes, dug the holes and cemented in (after priming the wood) 6ft long 4″x4″ treated grade A lumber. We bought the lumber from Don Benga True Value in Lajas (tel;(787)899-3025). Their wood is a world better than the treated lumber Home Depot sells. They sold 12 foot 4″x4″s so I bought 15 of them with the plan of cutting most them in half. The two around the gate will be 8ft with a trellis.
We decided to run 2″x4″s between the fence posts and fasten them with but joints. We are then going to space 1″x”6’s three inches apart around the outside of the fence. We are going to have 2 gates and 1 trellis. One gate will be by the hose spigot under the master bedroom and the other is going to be at the path entrance next to the driveway.
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