My husband and I made this gate. We’d needed a new gate for years, our old one was falling apart, the hinges were Â barely hanging on, and we’d thought it had had enough of our Midwest winters and that we wouldn’t get through the next one. Having oneÂ huge project in one summer is a lot on anyone’s plate, let alone two! We’d built the new garden at the beginning of the season, and this gate was finishing out the summer. I won’t go into all the details about what we’d done, but feel free to ask me any specific questions in the comments!
Getting the 12′ posts set was one of the hardest things on this project, primarily because we had to take out the old posts. What a bear!
After building the gate frame for both sides and fence pickets sandwiched in the middle, my husband installedÂ the insert. There’s a template, but it’s a little confusing, and it asked for a 9/16″ drill bit, which is odd. Just ask for 1/2″! Still, that’s the size you need… ; )
The pergola for the top was actually easier than it looks, but there is a lot of measuring and cutting. We wanted to keep the end cuts simple. Easy for me, because I didn’t get up on the ladder. Thankful the Mr. had no problem with it!
We decided to only replace the fence on one side…
And, to have a ninebark on the other side, between the post and the house. From a design perspective, I wanted a softer edge instead of a fence on both sides of the gate. With such heavy wood taking up two thirds of the space, we needed something to give the eye a rest, and to incorporate the structure into the yard. We didn’t want it to look like a fortress! ; )
Our house numberÂ is theÂ next project, stained glass mosaic. You can bet I’ll be posting those pix too!
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Love this gate, I am building one too and this caught my eye…and the little house behind, did you build that too or buy it somewhere? So cute looks like a circular pavilion. I would love one of these!
Thanks Ellie! That’s our gazebo behind us! It’s attached to our deck and the whole thing needs restaining. We just put a new door on it and I’ll be making some screens for it. I’ll post that process too, as I’m experimenting with something with them. Thanks for commenting! a : )
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