Front yard fence and pergola
Eschewing the typical wooden-plank fences that seem to proliferate our neighborhood, we attempted to build a modern horizontal slat fence with a Tuscan inspired pergola framing the entry into our yard. Implementation of the fence was somewhat difficult do to the contour of our yard (two-foot slope along the 40' span of our yard). More importantly, the natural hill we lived on presented a number of difficulties, as we had to incorporate existing retaining walls into our solution (our Ryobi Hammer Drill was essential to sinking anchors, allowing us to tie posts into the wall!).
Probably the most difficult task in our endeavor was staying consistent with our measurements. We took great care to dig posts to the correct level (and spacing between their siblings), but for much of the fence, we were unable to get the exact measurements we hoped for. This lead to a lot of extra cutting, though we were well equipped with our Ryobi Mitre Saw (shameless plug again). Our final large piece of construction was the pergola entryway. Our experience from placing posts while putting up the rest of the fence lead us to a new strategy, which entailed framing the exact dimensions and placement for our 4x4 columns, and then cementing the base. The strategy worked very well and I imagine that's exactly what we will do on future projects.
Our fence, pergola, and yard is now the victim of regular 'cat-calls' by our neighbors. Some neighbors (whom we don't even know by name), will cruise by and tell us that they have been "watching us" and compliment us on our efforts.
With some much new (and welcome) attention, I think our next project will be a surveillance system!
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Treated 4x4 posts
Fence slats: a combination of 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6
Performance outdoor screws 1.5", 2.5"
Cement for Posts
Pergola buttress: 2x6
Pergola slats: 2x2
4x4 cement chassis and 1/2 inch thick anchors (for mounting posts to cement base)