Our backyard was never completely fenced. Across our driveway was open and with two dogs (one of which that likes to run off) this situation had to be fixed. Since you would see this fence every time you pulled in the driveway we wanted something pretty, functional, but not too expensive.
We're not huge fans of closed privacy fenced yards. Our dogs like to look out and we like them to alert us when someone pulls in the driveway. By using farm grade fencing (but with smaller openings) we saved a lot of money vs using all wood.
My husband used lattice pieces on the top (also very inexpensive) and framed everything in with smaller boards to give it a more finished look. After the gate was built using a gate kit from Home Depot, he added a future flower bed on the front for me with inexpensive pressure treated landscape timbers. This bed will hold spring bulb plants.
He hand built the gate using the gate kit and dog eared fence boards for a fraction of the cost of buying a pre-made gate.
A little reminder for the grandkids and the meter reader! This will be another staining project for us in the spring!