This flip was all about testing out a few new things I’ve been wanting to try – gray cabinets, a sleek fireplace mantle, an aqua front door . . . and a modern, horizontal cedar fence.
I love it.
Granted, any new fence would have been an improvement over the sad, chain link fence we inherited with the house.
While the existing chain link fence performed the basic function of a fence – keeping things in/out of the backyard – it was seriously lacking in privacy and good looks, and it made the backyard a lot smaller than it actually was since it didn’t incorporate the side yard that you can see in the photo below. What a wasted opportunity!
We knew from the beginning that we would be replacing the fence, and got quotes for a 6 foot tall board on board cedar fence with a starter board, like we did here. (Looks like I never wrote a post about that! If you’re interested in one, let me know).
But then I drove past a house in my parents’ neighborhood that boasted a snazzy horizontal fence and everything clicked into place – that’s exactly what we needed at this house! We got new quotes for an 8 foot tall horizontal cedar fence and the price difference was just a few hundred bucks so we decided to spring for it.
Isn’t she pretty?
Everything started to look better the instant the fence guys removed the old chain link fence.
Then they used a giant auger (that you can see below) to dig holes for all of the cedar fence posts.
They leveled each post in a cement footing.
We opted for wood posts instead of metal for both aesthetics (they looked prettier) and cost (they were a few hundred bucks cheaper).
You can see below how we scooted out the fence toward the corner of the property to incorporate a huge part of the side yard by the garage.
Once all the posts were leveled and cemented into place, a level starter board was nailed across all the posts.
The parts of the fence that are visible from the street are “pickets out” so that the finished, pretty side of the fence is shown to passersby, and the parts of the fence that are only visible from the backyard are “pickets in” so that the homeowners will get to enjoy a pretty view.
See how the fencing along the alley in the photo below has bracing in the middle of each panel? That bracing keeps the boards from warping, and isn’t seen from the street or the backyard.
The bottom of this tree (in the photo below) sticks out a few inches past the property line, and the guys did a great job scribing the pickets around the rear end of the tree.
The gate to the alley is as wide as all of the other panels – a super gate!
And that’s all, folks!
Would you ever spring for a horizontal fence?
For more photos of this flip’s exterior, click here.