Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Is it beautiful just because it's finished?


fence with trellis and gate
Originally uploaded by merideth.
Oh beautiful fence and arbor, how i would compose a song to thee. You conceal our garbage cans and add a little rustic charm to the house. The neighbor’s random pile of detritus is no longer visible from our windows. The front gate swings gently to and fro to allow passage of the recycling. The darty cat is contained if he escapes the back door. You are wonderful.

Yes, folks. We finished building the fence. It was fun and it sucked. Dear lord we’re tired. But we couldn’t be happier with the results. Beth applied her creativity to the front gate, adding little panes that mimic the divided lights on our windows. As heavy as the bloody thing is, it swings like a champ. The chop saw paid for itself and more and between it, the circular saw, and the table saw we’ve made more types of cuts than we thought we’d need for a fairly straightforward fence project. Added bonus: I think we have enough leftover wood to build a couple of outdoor chairs. We shall see.
whole house with new trellis
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We have yet to stain the thing but I couldn’t face standing in line at H. Depot long enough to get my stain mixed. That chore will wait until next weekend. We’re shooting for a color close to what we have on the front door. Eventually the fence, the door, and the posts on the front porch should all sorta match. Oh and we got a wisteria to plant on the arbor as soon as the stain’s on. Whew! I’m so glad it’s finally done. Now back to the rivetingly exciting and ever-ongoing chore of restoring the windows.

10 Comments:

At 7/06/2005 01:17:00 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Bravo! That looks very nice. It feels so good to complete a job like that, doesn't it?

 
At 7/06/2005 05:55:00 PM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

goes great with your house! We have the same problem here needing to screen out an alley and garbage cans etc... We were just talking about a pergola because it would give us some sorely needed shade and privacy too.

Good job!

 
At 7/07/2005 06:31:00 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

You girls so should have made House Made a HGTV reality show. I would have been a loyal viewer for sure!
Fence is lovely and it's so fun to see how much the house has progressed.

 
At 7/07/2005 07:51:00 AM, Blogger Amber said...

The house looks so awesome! It's a far cry from the non-beautiful siding and no fence days of yore. It looks so great!!!

 
At 7/07/2005 10:36:00 AM, Blogger lg said...

Looks GREAT, Girls! But....wisteria? Are you sure? You do remember the massive vines we have beneath our deck because we thought wisteria would be so great?....and that's AFTER we've taken out 2 of the 3 plants we planted? Even with the one we have left, we are constantly pruning its roots to keep it from running into the yard and cutting back it's ever-reaching-to-the-roof tendrils. If we had it to do over, we'd plant a climbing rose or something that blooms all summer not just in the spring. I'll bet your magazine that's the equivalent of our Southern Living would have recommendations. Think careffffulllly.........

 
At 7/07/2005 11:11:00 AM, Blogger merideth said...

dont worry mom...we thought about the wisteria...for one thing, we have access to the plant...it's not under the deck so we can prune it...for another, it's gorgeous!!

 
At 7/07/2005 05:05:00 PM, Anonymous heather said...

WOW! You girls do awsome work (as usual).

 
At 7/08/2005 08:31:00 PM, Blogger the sweetheart said...

i want a pergola! i want a fence like yours! will you come build it for me??

 
At 7/09/2005 11:07:00 AM, Blogger Brit said...

Beautiful. Man we are soo moving to your house.

 
At 7/19/2005 08:27:00 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

I am so impressed with your patience and creativity - you've accomplished so much since I was there! It does help that you don't have the hot weather that we're all suffering from.........
Mom

 

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