Hizzah! Our Fence is done!
The deck would be too if it wasn't for the torrential rain storm that we are currently having, but it is on the docket for next week! We are so absolutely pleased with how it turned out. We chose a fence called The Fortress II. The distinguishing characteristics are the 4x6 posts, and the 2x6 beams. It's finished with 1x6 top center and bottom rungs. The posts are also much deeper (by about a foot) then our neighbors, which structure is based on 4x4 posts and 2x4 beams.
With two shepherds, we wanted to go with strength and stability.
I thought I would also give you an update on the budget since I posted The Big Backyard Project.
We were originally budgeting for the fence to cost about $7,458 and for our neighbors to chip in half of the cost on each side (which we had discussed before choosing the fence we wanted) - so a total expenditure of $4,255. We wound up changing the length of the fence (on both sides), as well as going from 6x6 posts to 4x6 - so that affected the budget a bit.
The largest change to the budget was the fact that one of our neighbors backed out of paying the full half of the fence. They decided to go with the Fortress I which was $30/foot rather than $47/foot - and so were only willing to pay $15/foot on the side that we split. Our other neighbor, while they also decided to go with a less expensive fence for the rest of their yard, honored their commitment to pay half of the full price.
oh! We were also able to negotiate a small discount from $47/foot to $45/foot because we 'sold' our neighbors on the company we went with - so they gave us a price break.
So...here's the new breakdown:
I've included the deck/garage as well - but nothing has changed there.
Jordan and I wound up having to pay $4,037.55 which is $217.73 less then originally anticipated!
I was pretty psyched about that - until I remembered that there are two sections of fence that still have to be done, once the garage is finished, to tie it all together...so we'll actually have to pay an extra $535.50 to wrap that up...which is only $317.77 more then we had budgeted for....not bad for an overrun, when our neighbor decided to chip in $496.12 less then we had agreed.