A couple of months ago, we decided to tear off the deck that was on the side of the house and replace it. It was small, old and starting to deteriorate. We figured the side of the house could use an update and Joe wanted to start planting herbs (we finally declared our garden a failure after 3+ years trying to grow vegetables).
We decided to extend the deck to the edge of the house and all the way to the backyard fence. We also extended it about a foot into the side driveway. We knew we were going to build a railing around it for the herb planters to sit on. I didn’t want traditional slats for the rails though. We looked at a couple different options and decided to use farm fencing. It was lightweight and the dogs can see through it just fine. My other request was to have a gate – so that the dogs could be on the side porch without the fear of them being able to escape.
The weather has been nice here lately (not squelching hot) so I’ve been working with my office door open and the fan blowing. The boys go back and forth from the porch to in front of the fan. Boney relaxes on his shade lounger while Moby prefers to sit in the sunspots.
We keep Moby on a 20′ lead while the door is open. We have a carabiner that locks the gate shut, but if he REALLY wanted to, he could hop over the side. Lucky for us, he’s a little too scared of things to do that, but we want to be on the safe side just in case! The 20′ gives him plenty of lead to be able to go out all the way to the edges and come back with no problem.
We were really excited about this project because except for a few construction design questions and one cut that we needed special equipment for, we did this all on our own! Joe’s dad is great to help us with our house projects and we love that he likes to do it, but it makes us feel good when we accomplish things just the two of us!