The fence must come first. AC will be the very last thing installed, because our project manager knows that if we get too comfortable in our houses, we won't have any drive to get out and finish stuff. So, because I'm a wuss when it comes to summer heat, we've been devoting at least 2-3 hours a morning to the fence. (By the way, did I mention that Cody's schedule got bumped back to evenings for the next month?) As for the choice in pricey vinyl fencing--the part parallel to the road between houses is required and there's a separate part of the housing budget for it. If we choose to finish the back yard with vinyl, that's our choice...which we decided was kind of a no-brainer. It's cheaper to just do it all at once, and the finishing results are gorgeous. Besides, we have our contingency money to spend it on! So we got it measured about a week and a half after moving in. The materials were delivered on May 25, but that first Saturday we were gone. After that, we used strings, measuring tapes, and whatever else we could figure out to mark where the posts would go. We are grateful our project manager has a skid steer with a big auger attachment which he used to dig all the holes for us (although we still had to clear them out and take them down another six inches or so). After that, we were able to place the post and pour concrete around them. I'm a bum and didn't take pictures of that while it was happening... I'll have to remember to do it on our last post (read on).
|East Side of the house|
|West side posts, and kiddy-corner neighbor's odd partially finished shed/playhouse|
|Front of the house where the panels and posts are being stored|