First, an update on the roof – it’s nearly done. Teague spent yesterday shingling it, and the only thing left to do is cap the ridges. Having this project off our to-do list will be a huge relief, both physically and mentally. A leaky roof can really ruin your day, and we will no longer have to worry about that.
The expense was also a concern, and weighed heavily on my mind this past year. When I hear roof repair, I immediately start seeing dollar signs. And it could have been very expensive, had we used contractors or gone a different route with the repairs. But in the end our materials bill only rang up to about $500. For 3 (very hard – mostly for Teague) days of work, this is another project I’m happy we tackled ourselves! That is considerably less than we had planned on and saved for, which means we have a little head start on our next project.
We’re not quite sure what our next project is, but a backyard fence is one option we’re toying with. It’s been on our wishlist since we installed a “temporary” wire fence for the doggie play area almost two years ago.
Our fence goals are:
- To create some sense of space in the backyard (right now it’s a wide open expanse of nothingness)
- Make the yard cozier to hang out in and give us a starting point for future landscaping
- Allow the dogs to play and run wild (under our supervision) off a leash
- Stay within a reasonable budget (no $150/8ft length options for us!)
While a taller privacy fence would be the most functional choice, I can’t help but daydream about white picket fences. They remind me of quaint little New England harbor towns and pretty English cottages. They look amazing and fit the character of historic homes. But……. would we be choosing form over function, and chaining ourselves to a ton of extra maintenance? Anyone care to weigh in?
For some reason I’m especially drawn to the narrow, square-picket styles, like these:
And I like this rustic one, found on To Restore a House in Churchill, West Virginia:
Some handy fence resources:
Build a Picket Fence (Popular Mechanics)
Installing a Picket Fence (DIY Network)
Buckets of picket fence photos for inspiration (Hoover Fence)
Historic Fence Design and Maintenance (Historic New England)