We have some (incomplete) fencing! Just have to order the post toppers, build the arbor and paint it all once the timber is dry, which will take a month or two. Hoping to have it done by the end of the next school holidays. We had hoped to get some heritage style metal gates but due to the increased costs of removal, we decided to stick to the budget and put in a temporary farm gate for the driveway as well as a pedestrian gate Ben built out of some leftover pailings. We’ll simply put a little extra into the fencing savings account (we’re those people with accounts for pretty much all major savings goals) until they can be part of the budget again.
I’ve had 2 recurring questions that I thought I’d also answer here.
1. What’s with the partial paint job?
Well, the timber isn’t dry yet so by only painting the bits that would be impossible to paint after nailing the pailings on we’re sealing the timber against the elements while still allowing it to breathe/dry out via the remaining sides. Once the timber all turns a kind of grey colour we’ll paint it all white. In addition to painting the rails/posts that where to be covered what you can’t see is that, before we cemented the posts in, we also painted the base of each of the posts with a bitumen based water proofing paint to protect them beneath the ground as well.
2. Pine or hardwood? Why?
We opted for hardwood! While there are decent pine options out there we wanted to, more or less, be guaranteed longevity. Our picket garden fence at our old home used pine and we noticed it didn’t age well even with precautions against the elements, like painting. There are definitely some downsides to using hardwood including cost (especially on fencing on a larger scale) and the actual labor is more intensive (we used a nail gun and even it struggled… we’ve had to go back on more than a few nails with a hammer) but for us the extra effort and cost are worth not having to rebuihttps://thisdarlinghome.co/2018/07/the-fence-part-iii/ld again in a couple of years. Either way, I highly recommend making sure you’re ready to build when your fencing materials arrive. We obviously got held up with the original fence removal not going to plan the consequence of that then being that some of our rails distorted/bent as they started to dry.
Progress photos below including some of the clearing of the gully that’s also been started. It’s completely overgrown with all sorts of declared weeds and fallen trees. It’s going to be a long process as we have to burn the waste to minimise the chance of spread throughout the wider community. (lots of bonfires)