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  • July 5, 2017


My commitment was to my disabled sister and her "Supplemental Needs Trust". Her trust holds an old duplex house with a large backyard that was not being used because lack of privacy for it's tenants. The duplex house was purchased by the trust to provide her monthly rental income for needs beyond what government agencies can provide. She does not live in the duplex but is the beneficiary of the rental income it produces.
I chose to put up the fence so the two tenants could enjoy the backyard in privacy allowing them to enjoy our beautiful Arizona weather. My other reason for fencing in the backyard was to increase the property value and to use it as a role model for other neighbors in this historic district.
The results it achieved was a positive increase in its property value and it is being used as an example by the City of Mesa's Historic Preservation Board for residents seeking approval for fencing in their yards.
Much thought and planning went in to the design of the fence. Cost was a major factor, curb appeal and the structural design were also important. The first 48" of the fence are solid boards and the remaining feet have a 1 1/2" space between boards to allow our strong winds of the monsoon season to pass through without putting full force stress on the entire fence. I then added a shadow board to the back part where the spacing is giving more privacy while still allowing the winds to travel through it. The fence is 250 linear feet and took over 750 dog-ear boards to build.

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