Fancy Fence

Karen W
by Karen W
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!
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  • Lisa Tarlton Wilson Lisa Tarlton Wilson on Sep 30, 2017
    May I ask what the total, finished cost ended up being? Looks awesome!

  • Libuse Harris-Brown Libuse Harris-Brown on Feb 13, 2018
    Can you describe little closer how you did the fence? It looks like the wire is sendwith between the wood. I like to create fence between my neighbor cheap as possible. I love the look. I have all the tools I need, I'm maybe 65 years old female, but keep on going. Very handy.

  • Niki McKee Niki McKee on Jan 08, 2020

    This is very pretty! What color(s) did y’all end up staining the wood? We need to redo our entire fenced in acre since an old oak fell and wrecked it but we want to do it as inexpensively as possible while still creating a sturdy, long lasting fence. Your tips about using farm grade wood are great! Also, what color(s) did y’all end up staining the wood? Our home is a deep yet vibrant green so idk what we would choose. Thanks for sharing your project!

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  • Sandi Sandi on Jan 17, 2018
    Very nice! Gave it an expensive tailored look while keeping a "home" feel . Love what you did with the top of the fence.

  • Karen W Karen W on Jan 17, 2018
    Thank you so much, Sandi!