Thursday, July 12, 2012

Building Our Fence


We gained two extra living spaces with the renovation of our farmhouse. The first of these outdoor 'rooms' is the wraparound porch, which provides a transition between indoors and out. The second is the yard we created around the house with picket fence, which transitions from the house to the rest of our property.

To address some long standing drainage issues, we excavated to slope the ground away from the front of the house. After we excavated this area, there was a transition in elevation up to the rest of the yard. We decided to take advantage of this break in grade to create planter beds, which also disguises the varied ground elevations. Choices we mulled over included lots plantings associated with either a retaining wall or a fence line. We decided on the latter. 

Here, Mike has staked out the proposed fence line. The gravel border to the left of the future fence is a french drain, which we installed to help collect and convey water away from the house (and basement). 

Mike and my Dad dug the holes one weekend, while Mike and his Dad set the posts the next. They are set in concrete so that they remain straight through rain, wind and snow. 

This is an old photo so the file is small. Both being engineers, you can be sure that our fence is strong. 

Here is the yard today. There is of course always more planting to do, but each year the beds get fuller and fuller. 

We have held off on plantings around the porch so far. We can't decide if we prefer it left open, or if a line of low-growing shrubs or flowers may add a nice touch. It is a challenging spot to pick plants for. The area receives direct sun all summer long, and occasional piles of snow coming off the roof in the winter. 

The grass outside of the fence line has started to yellow, as it does around this time every summer. We've opted to only irrigate the yard inside the fence line, and let Mother Nature take care of the rest. 

Here's the side yard just after we completed the fence. 

Here is the side yard today. 

There are a few more posts on the fence here, here and here.

P.S.

Where's Graham?

Hmm, where could he be? 


63 comments :

Anita said...

Just beautiful! What a beautiful view to enjoy also!

Late Bloomers said...

Do they make house calls? I LOVE that fence!

I just planted some lavender along the edge of my deck.. it will grow almost the the height of the floor, and be so pretty and fragrant... that is when it finally grows and fills in.... did I mention I have black thumbs?
:D

Ang
SoLongFarm.blogspot.com

Oh! Baby Designs said...

You have a beautiful house!

Vera

LuAnn said...

One word comes to mind - cozy !!!!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet picture of Graham. :) Your fence and lawn and flower garden are lovely. I see waht you mean about the edge of the porch. It looks good bare but maybe a few sun loving annuals would look good. Your home is so beautiful. I just lve when I see a post by you!! :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my GOSH it looks so good, you have done SUCH an amazing job in every single transformation on that awesome farmhouse- WOWZA!!!

I highly suggest planting boxwoods around the porch. They are always green, tidy, fast growing, clean, maintenance free and handle cutting so eventually you could have a very nice low Boxwood hedge surrounding your porch - or the rounded Boxwoods lined up could be amazing, too.

As for for your hide n seek cutie, I actually sighed out loud, what an ADORABLE picture/s!!!!

Kit said...

Peek a Boo! We see you! Love your fence, so country! Kit

Henhurst Interiors said...

I absolutely love a white, picket fence. And yours turned out beautifully. The photo of the view with the roses against the fence is perfection. And I like the open, unplanted area around the porch. It seems like the outdoor equivalent of 'a place for the eye to rest' as decorators often say interiors should have.

All best,
Phyllis

Perfectly At Home, New England. said...

How sweet is he?! I am absolutely in love with your fence! I'm sure it reminds you of your time in New England. A bit of New England style in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful photos, as always, Trina.

Best,
Tim

Keeping it Cozy said...

Simply gorgeous. It is amazing to see how your outdoor space has transformed in a few years... seeing your yard transformation gives me a teeny bit of hope that maybe one day our yard won't look like excavated bare dirt. Your hard work has paid off and how wonderful now you can enjoy such beautiful "rooms" outside!

Savvy Seasons said...

Beautiful and I am so envious of your view, AMAZING! Gorgeous yard, too! xo ~Liz

Joyce said...

I love the picket fence, and your garden is beautiful.

The babies are walking now? Such a beautiful age. Lex is just starting ( is up to 10 steps) its so very cute

pve design said...

lovely- what about planting some veggies for the children to pick....or some low shrubs....or lavender?
I know you will come up with something wonderfully simple.
pve

Barb said...

Do you know that poem called

I'm hiding,
I'm hiding,
And no one knows where.
For all they can see are my eyes and my hair

I think you need to find it on the Internet. So cute!!

Love Graham's chubby little legs!

B.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I miss having a picket fence...*sigh* everything is so sloped in our current house, it would be crazy!
Snow?! You must live near Sandy?? I guess PDX does get it more regularly than those of us in the valley. Looks like a dreamy place to spend summer days.

Sandy said...

I just love before and after photos. Beautiful!

NotesFromAbroad said...

Oh there is nothing like sweet little baby feet and toes :)
I am enjoying this more than usual , since we have decided to sell our home here in Buenos Aires and move back to NY. This time to live Upstate in a more country setting. With trees and views and no neighbours .. be still my heart !!
I will keep referring back to what you have done with the fence and the side yard and everything else :)
besitos to those sweet babies.. C

Anonymous said...

It is just beautiful and I love the pics of little Graham, how sweet! Could you take more pics of the plants that you planted in front of the fence, would love to know! thanks, sharon

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I love a wraparound porch. I bet you get the loveliest breeze billowing through those curtains ;)

Barb said...

Actually it's a nursery Rhyme and it goes like this...
I'm hiding, I'm hiding and no one knows where, for all they can see is my toes and my hair. And I just heard my father say to my mother, "But, darling, he must be somewhere or other. Have you looked in the Inkwell?" And Mother said, "Where?" "In the Inkwell," said Father, but I was not there. Then, "Wait!" cried my mother, "I think that I see him under the carpet," but it was not me. "Inside the mirror's a pretty good place," said Father and looked but saw only his face. "We've hunted," sighed Mother, "as hard as we could, and I'm so afraid that we've lost him for good." Then I laughed aloud and wiggled my toes, and Father said, "Look, dear, I wonder if those toes could be Benny's. There are ten of them, see?" And they were so surprised to find out it was me. *Poem - And No One Knows Where - By: Dorothy Aldis

Found it for you!
B.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Barb,
Thank you so much! I'll have to get the story for the babies. They LOVE their books.
xoTrina

Lynne said...

Such a beautiful home and setting. Picture perfect! Love "hide and seek" Graham . . .

Denise said...

Trina, your home and gardens are so lovely. I hope you don't mind sharing with us how you and Mike keep your planting beds so fastidiously weed-free.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Beautiful, Trina! Love your yard!

Have you ever shared which camera you use? I am curious - your photos are always fabulous.
-Trish

LisaC said...

Very sturdy footing for sure - oh, and on the fence as well :)

andy said...

Trina wow your yard is gorgous ! What a cute little guy playing hide in seek !! Have a great night

LisaC said...

Footing appears to be very sturdy although somewhat hidden...

oh, yes, on the picket fence too as well :)

StagerLinda said...

Love everything. Sweet Graham playing peek-a-boo is the best!

Dianne said...

Graham and his chubby legs are killing me!!! What an angel!
The yard like the house is amazing and just beautiful. I like the porch without plantings. :)

Windlost said...

beautifully done trina. i love the fence and plantings so much as they fill out. i like the house without much planting around it - nice clean look, but i feel like there should be a small plain border there, like a small hedge all the way around. boxwood?

where IS graham??! xoox terri

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Trish,
I use a Canon Rebel xsi plus Photoshop Elements.

Denise,
Ever since we had the babies, we've had a lawn service come and do the yard. It's heaven! We love it.

Trina

srpprcrftr said...

Your home and grounds are so beautiful. If you ever wanted to you could open a bed and breakfast once the kids are grown up and gone.
All that hard work is worth it even tho alot of your summer is being used to do all that work. Just think of wonderful it will be next summer.
Maybe some ground hugging evergreens just off the porch.
Loved the shots of Graham's adorable little chubby legs and tootsies. Keep that pic forever, it's priceless.

Churaipon said...

Hello,

I'd like to thank you for sharing your beautiful life and wonderful world.
Thank you for making an effort to help us see how you have made
a HOME.

You show us that life is just beautiful, though it takes time and also
commitment to make it so. You have done a wonderful job.

God bless,
Your big fan in Thailand,
Churaipon Chintakanont Klaijumlang

P.S. I had a chance to attend both Oregon State University and also
University of Oregon, way back in 1980. Your blog really makes me
think and appreciate that part of the world.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Your whole place is beyond stupendous!


BUT those little hiding baby toes. ::swoon::

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful! Your husband and you have a made a little bit of heaven. All that hard work has paid off. I live in a big city and always wanted a farmhouse. Yours is truly ideal. I am sure your babies will have lots of fun growing up there! I enjoy every minute of looking at your pics of your pretty home and your beautiful flowers! Your peonies are my favorite! Can't grow them here (too hot).

Anonymous said...

Lavender around the porch would be so pretty and smell so nice and would give such a nice color. It would not grow too tall. They are soft when little ones fall off the porch. I detest boxwoods that have to be cut all the time and snow drips make holes in them. My boxwoods are always covered in pesky spiders too. From someone that has 30 boxwoods around her house. Just an opinion!

bj said...

Your yard and fence...both lovely.
Graham.....PRECIOUS :)

for the love of a house said...

Love every single inch of it!! So much work, but so much beauty too. And those feet.... slay me! Too precious and I bet they are delicious to nibble on;)
xoj.

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Boy oh boy! You are living the dream. What a warm, inviting, cozy home you have. I too, have a dream of living in the country. Now that our youngest is going to college it might come true. Do you mind if I ask what State you are in? I am always looking for new places to explore. We live in Huntington Beach, Calif. Born and raised. But the mountains are calling....

kathy said...

I will never tire of seeing of your lovely property. I bet those chubby little toes love that soft grass! I like your porch as is. Wouldn't change a thing. However, it is always fun to keep up with projects on our homes. So, if you add anything to your porch landscape, I am certain it will be beautiful!

Linda said...

Trina, I see why you are so happy with the clean lines of the porch - Your engineer men may say, "let's not coverup all our hard work!"

Consider pea gravel or flagstone from the lawn to the porch, with drip irrigation to just a few (at least 3) extra large scale pots or cedar planters with annuals (or inexpensive evergreen that you can replace if crushed by a snow load).

I am curious by your view if you are in WA or OR - I am from there and covet your life style. :-)

Cheers!

Sarah Carper said...

I just stumbled across your blog after linking off a couple of different blogs! I'm in love with your house and I can't wait to follow your continuing progress!

Please take a moment to check out my new blog!

Sarah
sarah@sarahcarperphotography.com

24 Corners said...

Oh, I just want to squuze thos pudgy-wudgy legs!! So cute!

The fence came out so great...Mike's handiness is truly a blessing!! I can see what a tough call the porch plantings would be...but I know whatever you eventially go with will be absolutely perfect!!

Thunder storms *all day*...crazy, I feel like we're living in the South! Makes for beautiful skies though...
xoxo J~

A Country Farmhouse said...

Karen and Linda,
We are in Oregon although our view is of Washington hills and mountains (Mt. Adams).
Trina

pve design said...

Trina,
Please pop over for a wonderful give-away. I think you will love.....
pve

Ann said...

What lovely fence,
I always favor white when it comes to fences.
And you have a lovely outdoor space.

Lee said...

Trina how sweet does Graham look behind the curtain and that nursery rhyme was lovely. I remember when you posted about the fence. THat was a big job. You have so many wonderful photos of your home as it has evolved. I hope you do a book for your family (through any of the photo sites available) It would be a lovely coffee table book . You could hard bound it and show from beginnings and befores to afters. It's so easy to make those these days and it would be a lovely keepsake and a family treasure for the twins when they grow don't you think?
Love your post.
Lisa

RAENOVATE said...

tyler will be starting our fence project in august and I CANNOT WAIT! if only our yard and views looked like yours...and not NJ. xoxo!

Storyboard said...

So I just found your blog and I am in love with your house! I told my husband that I want a house like that.

P.s cute little toes hiding behind the curtain! :)

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

The pictures of your Graham brings back so many wonderful memories of our own children hiding behind the curtains, with their feet showing! Love your fence!

Lori @ Interior Domain said...

I'm enjoying all the additions to your lovely home, but the little chubby feet won my heart.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love the openness of the porch, however, if you want some plantings, you may want to consider planting some beautiful and hardy lily's or grasses in front of each post, it will bring nature a little closer and still keep the porch open!

molly said...

These pictures are so beautiful.
Love them so much.
Lovely hugs
Molly

Millie said...

Awesome job Trina - give that man his own national TV show! Thank you sweetie for your lovely message this week - baby Gracie has changed all our lives in a heartbeat, we adore her. It is so interesting watching your own kids parent, I had a tear or 2 watching our boy with his precious little girl. Wonderful to see your 2 cherubs growing & thriving.
Millie xx

Brooke said...

I love this post! Picket fences are one of my favorite things, it just says HOME to me.. I love yours and look forward to putting one up soon!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

I love the idea of lavender near your wrap-around porch, and you could also consider planting regular old-fashioned peonies, they die back to the ground each winter, so would not get damaged with big piles of snow, and then sprout up each spring...

Liz

Kathy said...

So sweet! Adore the picture of Graham hiding in the curtains.

Beautiful beautiful home and landscaping.

You are so blessed

Thank you for sharing it in your sweet blog

Mel@Georgica Pond said...

Looks just beautiful. I wish our garden was a patch on yours, it's so simple and classic and uncluttered and lovely. Rather like your house - I don't know why we seem to have so much stuff and I don't know where it all comes from or where it can go!

Anonymous said...

I feel that if you plant anything around the edge of the deck it will "section off another area", close to the picket fence which "squares off" as well. It all looks so beautiful!!

If you want to add something around the deck, maybe some flower boxes filled with color?

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your picket fence and the beautiful flower beds along it. You have done some wonderful landscaping to your property. You wondered about whether to plant shrubs or flowers along the outside edge of your veranda. Have you thought about long window boxes here and there on the edge of the veranda floor filled with annuals? I think your property is amazing and it looks like you have spectacular views from the other side of your house. Blessings, Pamela

Elma said...

Wow your place is just amazing!!! The fence I just love it all looks so nice!! What plants did you plant by the fence??

Marvel Farias said...

Woah! You sand over 300 pickets on your own? Wow. That alone, is indeed a meticulous job! Kudos! :) Well, I want you to know that, your white picket fence is marvelous. :) And it really does complement your flowers. The white on white color combination really never gets old, does it?

Marvel Farias

Karen said...

Have always loved reading your notes. It amazes me how your garden recovers so beautifully after the snow. No snow down under! lol

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