On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Privacy Fence - DONE!

We took leave from work last Thursday to work on our fence.  LD optimistically thought we would get it all done, but I knew better.  We did manage to finish installing the rest of our railings, and got some of the pickets nailed in.

Tired of taking millions of trips up and down the slope to carry supplies, LD came up with the brilliant idea of finding a little wagon that we could load up with supplies and pull down our narrow pathway.  I went online and found a couple of candidates at Home Depot and Lowe's.  The one from Lowe's won out (it was bigger and it was assembled).  It was just under $100, but it was one of the best $100 we ever spent.  LD's little "burro" saved us a lot of time and exhaustion by carrying our tools and lumber up and down the slope.

Little "Burro"
This is the terrain in our backyard.
Last Sunday, we really put a dent on the fence.  After working on it for almost 8 hours, we stopped with about 25 feet to go.  LD wanted to get it all done, but I was exhausted!

We took showers and had dinner at the local Chinese buffet.  I thought we were done for the day, but LD had other plans.  She wanted to burn some of the brush that had been dumped on our property.  Lucky for her (not for me), Sunday was a burn day.  So we spent a couple of hours burning.  It only put a small dent on the pile, but at least we managed to create some space between the brush pile and the fence.  We were tired, but happy with all the progress we made.

It took us less than two hours Saturday morning to finish installing the rest of the pickets and the gate.  It is far from perfect, but it is done!  The dogs finally get to enjoy their yard, and so do we.

Last nail
View before
View after
This project would not have been possible without our friends Rollin and Jeannette.  They were kind enough to lend us their trailer, nail gun, and extension cords.  To top it all off, Rollin came to our rescue last Thursday when we could not figure out that we had a nail jammed in the gun, and assisted with the pickets that day.