I’m so excited about today’s project!!
It’s not a DIY; and I’ll explain more about that later… but it’s an insanely thrilling addition to our yard and I couldn’t be happier with it. Meet our new split rail fence…
And today I’m participating again in the Outdoor Extravaganza, hosted by my friend Shauna from Satori Design for Living.
This week we are all sharing building and paint related outdoor projects!! Check the bottom of my post for links to all kinds of fun outdoor ideas from this talented group of ladies.
For my project this week; I’m sharing a building related project – our new split rail fence!
I’ve been dreaming about finishing off our front yard for a few years now; researching and planning and envisioning various alternatives. I really wanted to create a visual separation between our yard and the surrounding gravel paths that our neighbours behind us use to access the lake, but I wasn’t sure how.
Hedge? Privacy fence? Small fence? Garden beds?
So many options!
But after much deliberation and discussion, we eventually settled on a split rail fence.
1.I didn’t want to create that I wanted to create a solid and heavy green barrier by installing a tall hedge. We love the Adirondack chairs in our front yard and often sit out there as a family – we have a lovely view of the lake and the boys enjoy playing sports on the lawn or driveway. I didn’t want to totally block our view of the water from the front yard with a tall evergreen hedge.
2. While easier to keep short, traditional cedar hedges are basically just delicious dessert to all the deer that we have trotting around here. Nearly everyone who installs a traditional (or columnar) cedar hedge ends up with very bare bottoms and thick tops on their cedars from all the deer-munching… not a look I’m after. I thought a casual hedge of grasses in front of a split rail fence would give a more relaxed feel, yet still provide some privacy and a visual barrier.
3. I’ve loved split rail fences for a long time. I even wrote a whole post about them here; I think they have such a natural, rustic vibe that works perfectly with cottage, coastal, and farmhouse styles. I think this vibe will work really well with the new siding we’ve selected for the exterior, as well as working well with our lakefront location.
4. Traditional picket fences, while lovely, are less rustic then I think will suit our house and location (once the siding is finished). They also require a lot more maintenance and are more expensive to install. I had a quote done last summer to have a cedar picket fence built around our front yard and the price was about 4 times what we ended up spending on the split rail fence.
5. Split rail fences are low maintenance. This is key. I should have put this point at number one! Weeding and maintaining a garden and lawn are enough work, without adding staining or painting a fence or trimming hedges to the mix!
So, with all those reasons in mind… I’m pretty thrilled with how well it has come together.
As far as the install went, I don’t have a DIY for you. We decided to leave this project to the experts; our favourite local landscaper. Plus, he sourced an amazing deal on the split rails and installed in a record time for a ridiculously reasonable rate. I’m so happy with the deal that I feel like he paid us to build this fence.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught my IG story the other day; I was a little sore from my 10,000+ weeding and top-soiling related squats after the weekend… but it was all worth it. Right? Now it’s done for the season and we just have to water! Oh… and whose kidding who. I’m sure those nasty weeds will rear their ugly little heads again before August. Do you think that six and nine year olds are too young for child labour??
Don’t forget to head over and check out what my super talented friends are sharing today for their outdoor building or paint related projects! I know that their ideas will have you inspired…
DIY Mosquito Repelling Planter Box by Elliven Studio
Easy DIY Rustic Log Reclaimed Wood Garden Bench by The DIY Mommy
Kids’ Picnic Table Makeover – Fix the Rot or Just Paint it? by So Much Better with Age
Wire Orb Topiary DIY by Craftberry Bush
Farmhouse Painted Chair by Making it in the Mountains
Distressed Wood Outdoor Side Table by Satori Design for Living
Split Rail Fence by The Happy Housie