Holy Fence! DIY Privacy Fence
After spending much of my life living in the country transitioning to a home in town was a challenge. I’m sure if you’ve never lived in the country this might seem odd to you, but it’s true. Now, I understand the convenience of living in town and being closer to things, but there is seriously NO privacy lol! I like to go out and drink my coffee on the deck in the morning in my PJs and not worry about whether or not I have a bra on! Or lay out in my swimsuit and get some sun without feeling exposed to the world. Granted this privacy thing is much worse in a small town where everyone knows you and feels entitled to your business. I can’t count how many time we’d be sitting out back relaxing and people are craning their necks as they drive by to see what we’re doing back there lol. This, along with the fact that we are guardians of a very active german shepherd/husky mix Maverick who NEEDS space to run off leash requiring us to make daily trips to the tennis courts at the park so he doesn’t end up driving us completely nuts, led us to the decision of installing a privacy fence.
The first thing we had to do was go to our local city building and apply for a permit. We basically had to draw out the property and exactly where we wanted the fence to be while abiding to all the town rules and regulations. Then we turned that in, paid $10, and spray painted a line in the yard representing the fence so that they could come and check it out making sure we wouldn’t be digging into any lines or pipes. They then came and flagged where everything like that was located so we would be sure to steer clear. Obviously depending on where you live this process may be different. However, for us it was pretty simple because we live in such a rural community.
After measuring and mapping out exactly where we wanted the fence we figured out what materials we would need. Then I made the purchase online and they delivered everything for a $75 delivery fee. I had recently gotten a MyLowe’s card which I recommend because you get 5% off purchases so we got our fencing through them. You also get a discount when buying the fence panels in bulk. For our fence we needed the following materials:
- 38 – 8 foot fence posts
- 32 – 6×8 fence panels (privacy wood)
- 38 – 50 lb bags of Quikrete
- outdoor wood screws
- post hole digger (we rented ours from a local hardware store)
- gate hardware kit
Delivery day was exciting!
Like most of our projects this DIY privacy fence was a weekend long ordeal except it ended up taking 2 weekends instead 🙂 but in all fairness it was the biggest project we had tackled at that point and we were thrown a few curve balls. So Ed and I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed that crisp Saturday morning and laid out the fence posts, spacing them 8 feet apart. We decided to follow the curved line of our driveway to be able to get every square inch of yard possible (I was skeptical of this at first but the result is awesome). Originally we had wanted the fence to go all the way around the house so that Maverick would have more space to run but we were only allowed to have a 4 foot fence in the front of the house per city rules and we were afraid Maverick would be able to clear that. As you can see in the picture below he enjoyed lounging on top of the stacked fence panels that were easily 4 feet high so I’d say we made the right call 😉
After we had the fence posts mapped out we began digging the holes for them. Each hole had to be 2 foot deep. Then we stood the post up inside it and poured in one bag of Quikrete while keeping the post level. Next we packed dirt in the remainder of the hole and sprayed it with water so that the Quikrete would set up.
This process ended up taking almost an entire weekend instead of one day because we ran into a lot of tree roots that had to be sawed through, clay that was next to impossible to dig through, and other miscellaneous issues such as rocks and bricks. Let me just say that Ed is one determined dude 😉 Regardless of how long it took the Quikrete does need 24 hours to harden.
We did manage to get a few of the fence panels up Sunday. We placed a few at a time on the ground ahead of us. Then we would go back and center each panel on the fence post and screw it into place before moving on to the next. There were some high points on the ground where we had to dig a line or path for the panel to sit in so that they continued to be even with one another.
This was the spot we saved for the gate and the gate hardware kit we bought from Lowe’s was similar to the picture below. To make our gate we simply cut down a fence panel to the size we wanted and attached the hardware.
All in all it took us 2 full weekends and around $2000 to complete this project. It would have cost double this amount if we had not done it ourselves which is huge savings, but I will admit it was a lot of work. Again, deciding to DIY is a lifestyle choice based on budget, and the determination to improve the quality our home and our lives. It’s a decision we haven’t regretted in the least. It’s an amazing feeling of accomplishment to be able to stand back and look at something that you’ve done or created yourself. The fence has given us the privacy we so desperately wanted along with really creating what feels like an additional living space outside. And I will say it was completely worth it the second we were able to watch Maverick run free off-leash 🙂 I’m excited to finally be able to stain it soon and will be sure to share how it turns out!
I hope this article is an example of the fact that if you want to do something you’re 100% capable you just have to get out there and do it! Thanks for stopping by our little blog!