Monday, April 7, 2008

Fence on a Budget: $0.00

So we need to enclose the backyard for our dogs. And we have hopes of either building a garage or replacing the whole Western fence in the next couple of years, so we don't want to spend any $$$ on something we are going to tear out soon. But we don't want it to look crappy. So, using lumber salvaged from the front deck when it was torn down (posts and rails), other 2x4s from the interior demo we did last year, plus some fence board and an old gate given to us by the Magnificent Mr. Ressa, I constructed the following fence. At 52'' high, it's not a true privacy fence, but it will certainly keep our dogs in and uninvited guests out.

Day 1 I finished the first panel (after having sunk the posts earlier in the week):
Next, I hung the gate and began constructing the second panel:
Here is the cheesy handyman pose:
And below is the "best face forward" look. Only a top rail to install and the finish pieces on the backyard side and it is done.
Bonus shot: We dog-sat this monster over the weekend. Anyone who thinks we have big dogs needs to meet Luke, a full-blooded Bernese.
Yes, as a matter of fact he is sitting completely ON TOP of Bogart...and neither one appeared to mind in the slightest....

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Bernies are so beautiful! Just a gorgeous dog.

I really like that fence... it looks different than other fences in a good way! Plus, you can't beat the price...

I might have to work on making a similar fence...

Fine Family said...

The fence is fantastic - good work handy man Eric. Second - I love the dog photo - classic!

Fred said...

That fence looks awesome. And even if it didn't, for $0.00 you can't beat it. I love it when I find new uses for stuff in the house.

Green Fairy said...

Wow! That is one big dog.

Josh said...

The fence looks great! I know you said it is only temporary, but are you going to finish it somehow with paint, stain, or sealer? I guess the dogs won't care either way.

modernemama said...

Totally envious of your fence. Will show pics to The Guy and see what we can emulate - unless you've patented it?