Soon after we moved into our old farmhouse we put up a cedar privacy fence along the front of our property on our very busy street and now it is finally time to share how to make a fence for the back of the house.
How to Make a Fence – Cedar Post and Rail Fence
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We had hoped to some day have the whole property fenced in but because our house backs up to a col de sac and a park so it wasn’t a big priority until now. Moose our newest four legged furry family member is the most outgoing guy in our house. He insists on greeting everyone he sees regardless of whether they are in our yard or not:). So after Moose crashed the neighbors teenage girls pool party Thursday night we decided to move the fence back to the top of the to do list.
While we have an amazingly large front and side yard we have a very funky back yard where in some spots we only own about 5 -6 feet behind the house so we also didn’t want to completely destroy our view with a big fence. Since we used cedar in the front we wanted to stay consistent but we didn’t want to spend the money or completely close off the back (plus there was already a ton of privacy bushes that I definitely need to trim:) from our neighbors so we decided on a cedar post and rail fence.
After finding the property markers we strung a line from one side to another and Jason hand dug the holes for the posts and cemented all of them in.
There is a lot of controversy over what kind of posts to use… cedar or pressure treated. I wanted to use pressure treated because it’s cheaper but we stayed with cedar because Jason really likes the look and the pressure treated ones available at Home Depot were very green. Some people say pressure treated will last longer in the dirt so we cemented each post in to keep the moisture away from the wood. *4/2020 update, we have had 2 posts rot after almost 7 years & switched them for pressure treated.
We dug down as far below the frost line as we could. I have never had such rocky soil in my life!!! Every shovel full of dirt is equally full of rocks.
We had the older two boys help with measuring the posts and pre-drilling the boards. Even Moose tried to help…little did he know he would soon be losing his freedom:).
We then ran (3) 8 foot cedar boards across each post every 16″ and screwed the boards in with exterior screws.
We went back and straightened out a few of the boards so they didn’t look so up and down with our yard being so uneven.
Jason went back and trim down the posts to 3 inches above the top cedar board.
We still have to fence in the other side of our yard next but for now it is nice to have almost a whole acre fenced. I can’t wait to tackle landscaping the back of our house too. We want to put a door in, take our a few of the overgrown bushes so they are not covering the windows and add some trees and a path back there.
What do you guys think of the cedar post and rail fence? Moose isn’t so sure he likes it yet:). It’s definitely hurting his social calendar but for now anyway it’s keeping him contained!