The plan is in motion, but I worry. Late this winter we are removing the overgrown wall of privet on the north side of our back garden. However the fact it is going to happen does not stop me from worrying, far from it, my skills are being refined. Almost every day I find some new element of the project to fret over.
Let me share a few more details. First of all what you can't see in this (horrible) photo is the HUGE brick red house behind us. Or the garage between the red house and the taupe house. It's shared and just so the homeowners are sure to park on the correct side it's painted both colors, split right down the middle. On the back too, oh what a borrowed view that will be!
This is the tip top of the brick red house...
This is that same house viewed from the front sidewalk of our next door neighbors.
And this is just how mammoth the thing really is, photo taken from the sidewalk on the street behind us. If you page back up you'll see the pair of tall Fir trees and know how they relate to our property.
Here's that two-color garage from the front. The green bit you can see between the taupe side of the garage and the taupe house is the laurel behind our garden. There is a bit of yellow-green privet showing above the left side of the roof.
These houses are monsters!
Back at home and peeking over the fence to the house behind us, the taupe one. I'm standing on the steps leading down to our patio and have zoomed in a bit.
So this worry of which I speak, it's mainly about how much the new view (of the garage and brick red house) is going to change our enjoyment of the (currently) very private back garden. I know I just need to "rip the band-aid off" and do it, but of course I'd like to mitigate the pain/exposure. More on that in a minute. Also when the privet comes out we'll be putting in a fence between us and the neighbors to the north. We've never needed one prior because the privet is so dense. Here's the existing fence between us and the huge houses behind us (to the west). We don't own this fence and are stuck with it.
This treasure is the fence between us and the neighbor to the south. We will be replacing it at the same time the new fence goes in. This will mean southside is new, west is old, northside is new. Follow me?
So the new fence sections need to (in my mind) to relate to the fence we can't replace, as well as the rest of the garden. I need fence ideas! This one went in last summer a block or so away but in the neighborhood. I like the mix of horizontal and vertical (although I might have used a little more horizontal and thinner boards?) I also like the fact it has the finishing cap board across to top. It also hugely relates to the fence we can't change.
I spotted this one on a dog walk one afternoon. While lattice is my worst nightmare, and trellis work like this is a close second, I like the idea of growing vines up above the fence. It might help to hide the house and garage behind us a bit, or at least distract the eye. So here's where you come in...please give me your thoughts and suggestions on fence styles. I've got a pinterest board going here so you can see some of the styles I've been drawn to. Please share any thoughts you have on the project in general...cuz you know, I worry...
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