Thursday, May 28, 2009

Half-private

We made a lot of progress on the fence-pergola complex that will give us some privacy from the street, stretching from just behind the porch to the hedge. If and when it stops raining, we will finish the other section of fence for the hedge side. It's slow work - our first fence and we're using the antique Shopsmith for most of it - or doing things by hand. Then, a garden shed will fill one of the pergola sections, and the other will remain open. Better get to work on the shed design, soon...

Before: view from street. Anyone walking by can peep at us in the hammock, in the garden, watch Eddy do his business, etc.

After: one side is private, now. Take that, Google Maps street view!

Look up: love that oversized construction. Waiting for more blue sky to finish.

7 comments:

Jason said...

Very impressive. Did you design it yourself?

sarah said...

Hey Jason -

We used a variety of sources to design it. The fence is based on a Stickley design we saw on p. 66 of Outside the Bungalow (Duchscherer & Keister). The pergola is based on the back cover photo (we originally had a more complex design, then I saw that beauty). The proportions were modified to match our other pergola, which was from a Fine Woodworking mag several years ago. We should note that we're not entirely convinced the pergola would stand on its own - ours will have a shed attached which will provide basically struts that will give it some good strength. Although, Ken climbed all over the thing and sat on top for awhile yesterday and it was fine. Anyways, that book is excellent and has period drawings & plans as well as new photos.

Kristen said...

Looks fantastic! I love the "look up" shot, too.

Jennifer said...

Very nice! I'm super impressed.

Iris said...

That's just beautiful! I can't wait to follow your progress. (Would you mind sending your rain down here?)

Sarah said...

We're starting to mildew from so much rain. However, we're in a eight year grought, so can't complain too much.

It's very impressive---and I'm excited to see how it will turn out.

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