Thursday, February 10, 2011

Creating Boundaries Part II

The fence is well on it's way! I think it is close enough to the final product that I am ready to share our progress.

It's a little hard to tell from the above photo, but we are alternating 1x6 redwood boards with wider 1x12's to create a striated, horizontal effect. (The brains and muscle of this operation started with the 1x6 at the top, in case you are as curious about the method as I was.)

The plan is to use two horizontal 2x2's to puppy-proof the top section, while still keeping it open and airy. In the mock up we did yesterday, the two horizontal sections complemented each other without competing quite the way using vertical 2x2's did.

We want to preserve the view, particularly at this time of day.

Just picture us sipping a cool beverage and watching the sunset from the backyard, perhaps from the hot tub, which is a little scary at this point. I can almost taste that margarita now...

But I digress. Here's a better view of the fence that might make the design a little more readable.

And here's a view of the fence looking from one side of the yard to the other.

We (meaning Ryan) still has a gate to build, one section to finish up (we ran out of lumber), and the top section of the fence to finish up. He has a few finishing details in store too. I will be sure to post pics when it's checked off the old list, and at that point I will also share our vision for the backyard, but what do you think so far?

We are all set to move on Saturday, one day after I submit grades. Oy, what a week! I am excited to get settled in and bring the pups to their new palace. I am just hoping that it goes a little smoother than this:
(If you have dogs, appreciate dogs, or have ever tried moving with one, you HAVE to read this! It had me laughing so hard I cried the first time I ran across it.)


  1. The fence is gorgeous!!! I love the redwood, the horizontal layout, and the "window" at the top. Your view is amazing. I can't wait to see it...maybe this weekend? I'll be in town for about 24 hours, but I'd love to stop by the new house, if possible.

  2. Beautiful, Nicole. Love it.
    Loved the dog moving blog too. I laughed out loud. Great illustrations. Wonder how she does it. Beyond me I'm sure.

  3. @ Megan: It would be great to see you this weekend. As long as our cars are at the house, stop on in. We should be in and out all weekend! @ Aunt Madeleine: Check out her post on spiders! I don't know how she does it, but the illustrations and her sense of humor charm and delight me!