How To Build A Fence Without Building A Fence

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If you read my last Lockwood reno post you will know that when we moved into our house it was surrounded by trees. In fact, one of our neighbours said our house looked like a ‘ghost house’ because it was so dark and eerie!

With the trees gone to let in the light we found that we had very little privacy, so we decided we needed a new fence. Our original fence looked like this (after a good clean!).

If you would like to see more of our renovation please visit the Renovate Section of my blog.

It was too short, and it had gaps between each of the palings. We knew we didn’t have the budget to build an entirely new fence so, we decided to put our thinking caps on and come up with a cheaper, better solution.

This is the result.

So, what did we do?

We bought some 74mm rough sawn palings and we nailed them up over the gaps which resulted in this.

After that we needed to tackle the problem of the fence being too short. The pavement outside our house is higher than the land our house sits on which means that everyone walking by is about the right height to look right in the windows.

We decided to add the trellis. Of course, trellis doesn’t come in exactly the right size, so we bought larger pieces and cut them to size, then we put the edging around them. 

We also added the long white upright palings which make it ‘look like’ the fence had some nice new posts.

A nice two-toned paint job and we were done. 

I make it sound soooo easy don’t I. I can tell you it wasn’t. Old houses (and fences) were constructed using imperial measurements and we now use the metric system. This means that nothing translates to quite the right measurements.

Anyway, we now have a beautiful fence which is high enough and provides enough privacy for our new garden. I’ll post about the new garden soon.

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  • Susan Caswell Susan Caswell on Dec 20, 2020

    What are Imperial measurements? I'm in the USA.

  • Bourbonwife Bourbonwife on Jun 08, 2021

    amazing idea. i wish i could do this. however, we have the pvc vinyl white picket fence. any ideas on how we can attach anything to create some privacy between each section and how to make it higher similar to yours? i’m kind of desperate. thanks!


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  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Apr 15, 2021

    This is amazing! 😍👌🏼

    I want to do on 2 ends of my yard. I have so many oaks that may make it harder.

    Free room & board to come do mine. Lol!

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 07, 2021

    Beautiful fence. Thank you for sharing your ideas and process. I am in the US and when I need metric I just look it up. Learning Imperial when I was younger we had little "props" we could compare the measurement to (old timer measurement tips). Such as the expanse from tip of thumb to tip of little finger is 8" fingertip to first knuckle is 1", from nose tip to end of extended arm and fingertips is 3ft. approximately. No matter how much I try I cannot equate Metric measurements to anything. When I bake I use Grams for dry weight measurement because it is better and I have a scale to do the converting. You can change over after I die. I am still learning things that are more important.😂

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    • Leslie Leslie on Jun 07, 2021

      LOL, I like being different. That is what makes us great. Plus, doesn't the word Imperial just scream special? LOL