We currently have a long, semi-fenced yard. There is a nice fence on one side where a new house was built. On the other side there was a busted chicken wire fence that sort of worked. But, it was also over-run with ivy. The back was semi-fenced with either chicken wire or a scary, rusty, poky broken wire fence. With our tax refund I told Dan that all I really wanted was to have a properly fenced in yard so that Elliott could go outside and I would feel safe not having to watch him the whole time. He's a runner - ie, he will get into the front yard and wander...not fun!
Here are some pictures that Dan took before we moved into the house, back in 2006:
The Monday after we got home from Denver Dan had scheduled a fencing company to come out and put in posts for the fence we are installing in our backyard. It was worth every penny spent to have these guys do the posts for us. It was cold and rainy, not fun building weather. They arrived at 8am and were done by noon! They installed all the posts and the two gates we asked for. They also delivered all the extra wood for rails and fence boards along with hardware.
That Saturday Dan recruited my dad, his dad and our good friend Brad to help him install the rails and boards. Being Oregon, it was wet, though not raining. Those poor guys were all coated in mud! (Dan's shoes are still out back as I don't know what do to with them). This is the end product, I'm so happy!!
Dan is working on building a small railing and gate that will close off the yard completely. Our garage is detached and behind the house on the side. There is about a 6 foot area that includes a stairway onto our patio and a super dangerous drop off to the patio (at least 3.5 feet down to concrete). Then we just have to bark dust and get some plants. Baby steps, but our backyard is finally starting to come together. I'll keep you updated on progress as things get better.
I can't thank Dan, Larry, Bob (aka my Dad) and Brad enough for all their hard work on a muddy day! The fence looks great!