We’ve done quite a bit of work on a client’s 1847 Greek revival house, which is located in New York’s historic Hudson Valley. Recently, the client asked us to replicate the unique fence surrounding a 30-by-30-foot English-style formal garden.
We rebuilt the rails using Boral TruExterior trim, a flyash-based product that we’ve used a lot lately for house trim. We also:
Sleeved the red cedar
Dug 40″inch deep post holes
Made triple wall drainage pipes
Primed, painted and installed the posts
Like much synthetic trim, Boral has one smooth and one textured face. Since both faces would show in places, we planed the textured face smooth prior to installation. We also cut a slight double bevel on the 2×6 top rail and kerfed the bottom edges on both sides for drainage, using a table saw. We sanded any milled surfaces smooth prior to installation and fastened the pieces together with coated Bronze Star trim-head screws.
Updating a Formal Fence
“Though not historic, the 12-year-old red-cedar fence was already starting to deteriorate. We originally wanted to use locust posts, but couldn’t find any that would take a smooth paint finish. Instead, we used clear red-cedar 4x4s, and tried to give them a little more durability…” Read Full Article >
“… It’s no coincidence the family name of this construction firm is Diamond. They are treasures. Kyle takes the time to sit down with the client to interpret plans and offer cost saving alternatives. Their work is done with meticulous attention to detail, on budget, on time and with a smile. New Dimension is particularly strong on reconstruction and historic detail. Their electric, HVAC and plumbing contractors are excellent as well.”