New Fence Phase One

After waiting over a month, our fence contractor finally put up our new fence yesterday. There’s only one little panel waiting to be inserted on Monday after the cement foundation for the new gate has set, and then this project is done. Beware–serious November rain tristesse up ahead, not to mention bare muddy bits where some old and straggly things were removed (see previous post here). It’s amazing how quickly a 47-year-old fence can be removed. The workmen arrived at 8:05, and by 8:15 it was gone and loaded onto their truck. We kept a few meters of it, some of which we’re giving to neighbours who want to mend their own fence, and some to plug a gap in the hedge out back that our and our neighbour’s dog like to pop through when it’s least convenient. We opted for a steel fence with protective, rust-proof coating in anthracite grey. Here you can see the gate propped up for setting purposes until tomorrow. Apparently this type of fence requires zero maintenance and is extremely sturdy and long-lasting. Around here it’s used for residential properties and industrial areas both. We’re thinking of training ivy to climb along the fence as an alternative to a view-shielding, but high-maintenance hedge that would rob us of a lot of space.

Aside from this initial, tentative idea, we’re going to have to spend the winter coming up with a plan for the replanting of the front garden. Any ideas gratefully received!

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7 Responses to New Fence Phase One

  1. Dana@Mid2Mod says:

    Taking out all the old, scary shrub makes your property look like a different place. I really like your new fence. Living in Texas, I’m accustomed to the tired old wooden privacy fence, and yours really does look so much more modern. The idea that it’s maintenance-free is really appealing, since I’m about to have to replace my fence soon after just a few short years.

    • lavalotti says:

      Thanks! We initially thought about maintaining the old wooden fence for a while to keep down costs and prioritise other things, but by the time we calculated how much a lick of paint would have cost us, we thought we might as well start over with something we’ll never have to treat or paint. Here’s hoping!

  2. brismod says:

    Much better than that old fence. Love the idea of training a climbing plant to provide screening.xx

  3. Kay Hyde says:

    Very nice fence! The cars looks very safe and secured with the fences surrounding them.. -

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, it looks great. It’s amazing how much more space you have now. All the more room for Winnie to run around in. Ivy or something similar would look great and can be trimmed like a hedge. Corry

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does the height of the new fence (and gate) mean that the other occupiers of your house won’t try to step over it and fall into an ignominious heap. I’m just asking!!

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