Our next major project is something we’ve been on the fence about for 9 months. To fence or not to fence. We need a fence for Charly (and most recently, Gretaaaaaa!!!). We knew that when we first purchased this house. But, our neighborhood is so beautifully open, we didn’t want to move in and change all that right off the bat. So, initially, we purchased an invisible fence. That was last year. We didn’t even take it out of the box before we were getting frequent visits from other dogs in our yard and that sometimes sent Charly into a frenzy. We shipped that fence back.
Once we crossed the “invisible fence” option off our list, we knew that we were going to have to start squirreling money away to be able to get an actual fence because the difference between the two is thousands of dollars. Last fall, we had our swing set stolen. You can kind of see it in the photo below. It was bright green with blue swings and about 20 feet long–made of steel! How someone carried it away, we still can’t figure out. But, it was another reason we knew needed to get a fence.
Now is the time. Saturday, we measured our whole yard and figured out we needed about 275 ft of fence and a gate.
We would have needed about 100 more feet if one of our backyard neighbors didn’t already have their property fenced in to protect their chickens. While we are grateful that portion is already fenced because it saves us some serious cash, it has put some limitations on our fence choice.
Originally, we were set on a black aluminum style fence like this one:
Probably up until a couple weeks ago, I didn’t even care that we would have one white vinyl picket portion extending 100 feet from half of our back yard to the side–I was being stubborn. But, something must have knocked some sense into me that going the white vinyl route would be the best choice to blend with the already existing fence. That being said, I still don’t think the style of our home lends itself to a picket style. So I searched and search for a white fence that I wouldn’t mind, and the heavens parted when I found this photo:
It’s semi-private, which is a must for us, and feels a lot more clean-lined and modern, but traditional–just like our home! I am still on the hunt for something similar. I found a local business that had a fence that was reminiscent on their website, but he would not/could not tell me the price, nor did he have a sample. It was all very confusing.
Hopefully, we’ll have an update soon! I could tell you no less than 4 Greta stories right now that are making this fence more and more of a necessity on the daily. We can’t get it up soon enough.