This fencing project started about 11 years ago. When we first bought our house, the house was surrounded by a dilapidated 4' staggered board fence that provided little privacy. Over the course of a couple of summers, we replaced 2 of the 3 side of the fence as time and money allowed.
The third side (the east), I frankly never thought I would ever complete, though periodically over the years i threatened to finish it.
Then it happened, while shopping at Home ReSource one day someone dropped off about 130 lineal feet of 6' privacy fence panels- more than enough to complete our last side.
I was there on my bike and I didn't want to deal with buying, loading, unloading and storing all those fence panels so I just tried to ignore that it was there. Later that day I returned to get it, because I couldn't stop thinking about how I should get it. When I got back, about half had been sold.
I bought the rest and for the last few months I have been moving those panels around- each place I put them turns out to be a place where I need something else.
Over the last two weeks, panel by panel I have been replacing the old fence with the new. I actually just set out to pull out the old fence posts and dig new holes before the ground froze- bargaining.
I'll eventually reuse all these boards into trellises, garden furniture and other things.
Over the years, our use of the backyard and our needs have changed. We no longer need a 10' double door to the garage (my shop), and it is saggy and hard to use. Now that we don't even have an overhead door in the garage, we don't need a double gate int he fence to access it.
And, the feature I like most is that I installed a deadbolt lock (from Home ReSource) as a latch that I can open from the alley (I had it keyed to our house key).
Home ReSource, too.
I considered a lot of different options for opening and closing this 11' gate from two doors on hinges to an 11' rolling or sliding gate. I eventually settled on the low tech (and cheap) option of just making a removable panel on hangers I got at Home ReSource.
So, as our use changed, so did the fence, and gates.
It is very gratifying to reuse everything you can. The western red cedar lasts a long time and has a lot of life left in it (both the new fencing and the old), but I reused everything I could from the fence panels and supplies I purchased, including 2x4's, pickets, and screws. The only thing I bought new for this project is pressure treated 4x4's and concrete.
My old gate hardware is going to a friend for his gate project, and anything I don't plan on using is going back to Home ReSource, where it can be used again.