Yay!! Our very first real “update” on the Currituck House! AND if you want to see a little bit more of what we are working on in the house, head to Facebook or Instagram– I just posted a little video (eek) where you can see the horizontal fence and some other projects we are working on! It is fitting that our first project was done mainly for the dogs- they are pretty important around here!
When we bought this house it had this little fence on the side of the house that was kind of falling down… It was great to let the dogs out and deter them a bit from getting out, but I definitely did not trust them out there by themselves! Plus, it was only a tiny bit of the yard, and our pups are spoiled- they currently play all day in my parent’s 2 acre fenced in yard.
We started the new fence in the front of the house (that’s where the previous fence was) to give the dogs maximum running area on one side. This also allows us to be able to let them outside from the laundry room. The picture above is the opposite side of the first picture. The previous fence stopped at the beginning of the screened in porch.Our house is pretty modern- even if it was built in the 80’s- and I decided I wanted a horizontal fence to complement that style. We ended up with a 4 foot high fence with 1.5 inch gaps between the boards. The boards are 1×6 pressure treated lumbar. We have posts every 4 feet- it gets SO windy here we wanted extra support.
To make the fence more visually appealing, we added vertical pieces every 4 feet and a flat topper. I really love the way that it looks- and can’t wait to stain it! We have to wait the customary 3ish months before we stain- which will put us at like the hottest point of the summer- that will be fun!
We had two 52 inch gates installed on each side (that way a riding lawn mower fits in- Dan generally mows the lawn with a push mower, but since we have had a lawn service while we aren’t living there full time)- and we are still having a few problems. The contractor made sure that the gates are perfectly level- but the fence leading up to them isn’t level- so it looks all wonky. Hopefully we will get that figured out once we move in in June!
We currently don’t have a fence across the back. We are trying to never let the dogs in the water that way (it is also deceptively shallow. The tide in the Sound is based on the winds, so some days it is shallower than others)- if they jumped they might hurt themselves! We are hoping this tactic works, but if not, we might have to install a low barricade. So far so good though!
The dogs are loving the water and we are too. We cannot wait to move in and to have this be our view every day. After staining the fence I have dreams of adding in some flower beds along the front of the fence and maybe some hanging baskets along the edges.