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Monday, June 29, 2015

{The Backyard} A New Horizontal Fence

Welcome back to a new week! We had a glorious few days off, celebrating my mom's 'big' birthday, and enjoying the newfound privacy in our backyard! Thanks to enough sunny days, they completed our new horizontal fence, and we could not be more thrilled with it!

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Backyard Fence

I honestly had no idea I could be this excited about a fence...but that's because I didn't realize how completely transforming the right fence design could be to a backyard! We grew more excited with every stage, and there was actual clapping when they were done.

I was a little worried the neighbors might think it was too untraditional (we live in the suburbs), but everyone has come by to admire it. Seriously, who knew a fence could be so exciting?!

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

I was at work during most of the building, but I did snap a few progress pics to give you an idea of how it was constructed. We used 1x6-inch cedar boards, with posts spaced 6-feet apart. We wanted it 8-feet tall, but our lot is sloped and I didn't want the fence to stair-step or slope with it.

I must have missed that math lesson in school, because I have no idea how they figured all that out...but our fence is completely level across the top from one side to the other. Which means it ranges from 8 to 10 feet tall, depending on the slope of the lot.

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

I love the clean look of just a single layer of horizontal boards (spaced much closer together than these), but since privacy is a big reason for the fence, we opted for board-on-board.

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

We had the posts built on the outside to create a clean look in the backyard, but our neighbors on one side look out their Kitchen window directly at the back of our fence....so we had the metal posts covered with cedar also. Again, I was surprised by what a big difference this made in giving the fence a more finished look...as well as, how little extra it cost to frame the posts.

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

A horizontal fence takes about twice as long as a traditional vertical fence to build since each board has to be held up on either end by two people, leveled, and then nailed in place.

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Once that was done, they added trim pieces to the top and on each seam, then stained it. Voila, zee fancy fence!

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

The stain color isn't quite what we wanted, but we're going to live with it for a season and see how it weathers before spraying it again. Next up is adding sun-loving plants to all the pots!

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

We had a shorter fence built around the pool equipment, and added a gate to create hidden storage and cut down on the noise of the pump. For both gates, I went with very simple latches and handles, and had them mounted on the horizontal, as well.

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

It's crazy, but the backside is just as pretty as the front! Here are the views from the alley, and our neighbor's yard.

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence
The stain color on the right is what we want for the whole fence. 

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Fence

We haven't changed one other thing in the backyard, but thanks to the horizontal fence, it already feels like a spa-like retreat! I can't wait to tackle the patio area and screened porch next!

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Backyard Fence

Isn't my new pool/beach bag the cutest?! My darling friend Fancy Ashley designed it in collaboration with Hayden Reis, and I'm so excited for her! (And me, because, well, she gave me one! #friendperk)

The bag is made of sailcloth, so you could literally hose it out...and all the pockets and clips make it perfect for keeping Summer essentials organized. I love how it folds completely flat when empty, too. #packersdelight

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Of course Maggie had to put her stamp of approval on the new fence. #poser

Hi Sugarplum | Horizontal Backyard Fence

I'm ready for Summer and weekends by the pool! So tell me, what do you think of the horizontal fence?!

Catching up? See the full backyard and fence Before shots here.

57 comments:

  1. Cassie!!!! Holy moly that is one gorgeous fence! The design is amazing. I bet the neighbors are super jealous!

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  2. That fence rocks! I would have never thought to do something in that style/pattern, but it really looks great. Enjoy!! Oh, and I would totally take your dog. ADORABLE!
    Have a great week!
    "The Busy Brunette"
    http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com

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  3. I love your blog but I have to tell you - I follow you on Bloglovin, and when I'm trying to read through my blogs, yours takes me away from Bloglovin and directly to your site! Not that I don't love your site, but it messes up my groove. Do you know what the deal is? Thanks!! Love your blog!!

    paigewhalen.wordpress.com

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  4. I love the horizontal fence. It makes me stop and say, "Hmmm, that's different". Yesterday I was in a model home and they had their wood panels going horizontally. I like the "twist" very much.
    Have a great day!

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  5. CASSIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! That fence is FABULOUS. And I'm quite sure I've never said those words before. Good goin' lady!

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  6. That is bold AND beautiful! I LOVE its uniqueness!!!! ....on a side note, I may have purchased some SW iron ore for an accent wall in my office. ;) thanks for the inspiration. I never would have chose it had I not seen how you used it in your home!

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  7. I never knew a fence could be so gorgeous! I love it and all of your pictures!

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  8. Love the fence, pretty inside and out. Love your outfit too.

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  9. Oh..my..goodness...that is the most beautiful fence I have ever seen! You should be super excited. Enjoy!

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  10. the first thing that popped into my head with the first pix was "omword that looks like she's entering a spa resort!" with the horizontal, the height, the cedar wow!

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  11. I LOVEEEEE this fence. Holy cow. And the numbers on it are soooooo perfect. It does look like an entrance to a chic spa. Great choice, you guys. SO good.

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    1. My thoughts exactly-the numbers, the spa note, AND who knew I could appreciate a fence soooo much?!!!

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  12. LOVE the fence! What a great idea hiding the metal posts....looks so good !!! Well done!

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  13. Your fence looks amazing Cassie! You should be excited!

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  14. Wow! What a huge upgrade! It looks just lovely and is making me think I need a horizontal fence of my own...

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  15. Oh my gosh I love it and it is SO tall! Definitely tagging this for a future house!

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  16. Gaaahhhh! Now I just need a house with a yard, so I can get that fence!

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  17. gorgeous!! love the horizontal boards. and those #s! (i think i had similar ones on my seattle house.)

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  18. Yay! Thank you for posting about this! We were literally just at Home Depot this weekend looking at the cedar plank selection for a horizontal fence we want to build by our chicken yard. You've totally inspired us - I love your design with the alternating boards. Looks so great!

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  19. Your fence is beautiful. I love the way you finished out the outside part. Great job!

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  20. Was it built with treated lumber? We're having a fence built right now and our guy says it can't be stained for at least three months, depending on weather. That the 'wetness' of the chemicals in treated lumber needs to dry out before it will accept stain or paint evenly.

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    1. Hi Sandra! We used raw cedar, then stained it! xo

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  21. That is a beautiful fence!!

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  22. That fence is gorgeous! I mean...it makes your yard feel tropical and far away...like an oasis! Love it Cassie!

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  23. Freaking gorgeous!!! The numbers are perfect too. Reminds me of a place we stayed in Palm Springs. Bring on the pool days!

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  24. I'd like to see a pic of how it looks on your house as a whole. We just put a deck on our house with horizontal boards in place of traditional rails. Now we are trying to make it fit with the more traditional look of our home.

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  25. The fence came out fantastic!!!

    www.lexiandlady.blogspot.com

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  26. Soooo good! I never knew a fence could look so pretty and make such a lovely statement. Ours is such an eyesore, you are making me want to rip it down and start over. :)

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  27. Incredible!! This is just so, so good!!

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  28. cassie im obsessed!!! i have serious fence envy (haha that's a thing right?!) great job lady! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  29. Love the fence. It looks so up to date but not too modern. Great choice on thinking outside the box!!!

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  30. Love it Cassie! So different! Love how the house numbers look on it too :)

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  31. The fence looks really nice and sturdy. Your pool and backyard are beautiful too. That bag is very cute!

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  32. I think the horizontal fence is cool. Funny how a simple design can become such a focal point! The fence steps it up a notch!

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  33. oh em gee! I LOVE it like crazy!! Such a big impact!! #fancypants

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  34. Gah, love this! It's soo tall and the numbers make it feel extra special. Great work!

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  35. It looks AWESOME!! Horizontal fences are all the rage 'round here & I've been coveting them. Privacy never looked so good. As do you & Mags, mah ladies.

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  37. I love your fence. Would you please tell me who installed it. I also live in the DFW area.

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    1. Hi Lana! I'm happy to share...your profile is set as 'no reply'...so shoot me an email and I'll get you their info! xo

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  38. I love this fence SO much! So much better than the fences you see in every single other yard.

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  39. Love the fence! Would you mind sharing the name of the fence company?

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    1. Certainly! Shoot me an email and I'll give you their info!

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  40. Hi Cassie, do you have the design plans in a pdf or some document for the horizontal fence. I would love to show it to my contractor and ask him to work on these lines. My email is rashmipaliatgmaildotcom. If you can send them to me that will be great. Its a perfect modern privacy fence with loads of feel good!

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    1. I'm thrilled you love it, but unfortunately, it wasn't built with plans, or even a lot of planning! I just talked through what I wanted each step of the way. Hopefully my pics can help your contractor! xo

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  41. I love this fence. Anyway, you can share a picture of how it looks full front? Just wondering how the front side looks.

    Thanks, Adriana

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  42. Hey Cassie, I've been wanting a horizontal fence for awhile and I like how you incorporated some things. I thought it was clever incorporating the metal fence posts, great idea. That must have cut down on cost and will last forever. So having an 8' fence.. I am wondering, Do you have an estimate of cost per linear foot? Thanks, Kathleen

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. We love the fence so much, and yes, the metal poles will help it to last longer. Unfortunately, I have no idea how they did the pricing, but I don't think it used any more wood than a standard vertical fence.

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    2. Ha! My husband looked at it and told me I picked the most expensive fence. I told him that you were just smart and it is a vertical fence layout placed horizontally...only way more cool with good trim detail! I'll get it figured out. Thank You So Much, You rocked it!

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  43. Hi Cassie, incredible pictures. Such a fantastic project! How is this fence doing 1 year later? I've been considering a horizontal design for my own yard, but I have a neighbor whose fence started to bow after a year. Is your cedar holding up well?

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    1. Hi Drew!! We still LOVE the fence, and it's held up perfectly!! Staining the wood definitely helped to seal and protect it, too.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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