Curb Appeal

When we bought our Cape house there was little curb appeal.  It didn’t look bad.  Instead it always looked incomplete to me. The house has  a great front lawn, a little mahogany deck, and a blue stone patio.  But it didn’t look finished.

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Initially I had big plans to put a pergola over the patio area to add to the architecture.

pergolaBut then I decided that a stone wall would be better because it would function as additional seating by allowing guests to sit along the wall when we entertain outside.

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But after estimating a stone wall at a few thousand, the idea of a fence for a few hundred looked more appealing.  fence

Although a little white picket fence didn’t seem to match the house.  And there is already a post and rail fence dividing our yard from the neighbors.  So a post and rail fence seemed like a better solution.

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We started with one section of fence for the front of the house and flipped it upside down just to see how it would look.

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Howard dug the holes in the noon sun but lucky our soil is very sandy on this part of the Cape so the digging went pretty quickly.

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After the installation was complete we added some landscaping that will spread out but not too tall in the new few years.  At first I picked out a grass that would grow to six or seven feet tall but luckily asked an employee who pointed us in the right direction.

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DSC_0113We then added a second fence to the driveway side of the patio to square it off.  We left an opening on both sides to get to the grill and front door easily.

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With the fence, the patio feels like more of a finished space. And while still open it feels a little more private for lounging about.

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I still have dreams of a pergola.  I’m just not sure where it will go!

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