How does one go about making their backyard bigger? Well, you borrow from the front yard!It kinda creeped me out having the door to our bedroom exposed to the street. My initial thought was to patch up the door (goodness knows we have more than enough of those!) but The Hubs suggested pushing out the backyard fence to extend beyond the door. That made a lot of sense and by sense I mean it was significantly cheaper.The Hubs found this fence post for free on Craigslist. So random. Kudos to him for always trolling that Free section.I was inside when I heard a loud thud so I quickly popped into our bedroom first to see what was going on and then to ask The Hubs to wait a second while I grabbed my camera. I’m so glad I interrupted when I did because it seriously took two strong whacks with a mallet and the whole fence came crashing down. Makes me wonder just how useful our fence would actually come in handy in case of a zombie apocalypse.
I just binged watched the last season of Walking Dead on Netflix, bare with me. I feel like I eat, sleep and dream zombies. I actually thought I saw one of the street corner but it turned out to be a pedestrian waiting to cross the road.I was amazed at how quickly this fence came together. I remember when I was younger my parents hired people to build them a fence. In my head, it had always been one of those tasks you hired out.This was one of those projects that my husband somehow seemed to know a lot about so I learned a lot from asking questions, e.g. the spacing between posts, etc.I think he learned some things in the process, too.Like you can buy these handy little kits to make a gate on your fence.After the fence was complete, I did feel a little more peaceful being in our bedroom.It somehow almost sounded quieter, too.I’m thinking this space could become some sort of attached patio in the warmer months to really round out the master bedroom suite concept. Maybe put a little bistro table there or something sweet.Because of our house’s positioning, this area is typically shaded. Might even be a good spot for a sandbox. Okay, now I’m just getting ahead of myself. I still need to get a handle on our dustbowl of a backyard!All that wood made our bedroom smell like a forest for a few weeks. I just loved having the windows open even more than usual. I think this project will snowball into a few more. I like the look of the wood but the rest of our fence is all dark grey from years of being exposed to the elements. Part of me wants to paint both the old and the new fence for the sake of cohesion and the other part of me wants to at least rebuild the fence on the other side of the house so at least it will look the same from the street.The fence isn’t straight all the way around. I mentioned this to my husband after the fact and he rightly concluded that the ground wasn’t even. I think this is the part of the post where I’m supposed to direct you to my disclaimer and remind you of the fact that we’re not home improvement professionals (obviously), haha.
In the end, we learned something new and are one step closer to updating our home and making it a safer place to live (especially in the case of a zombie apocalypse).