We initially planned on installing it last summer, right after we moved in. It didn't take us long to realize, however, that the old retaining wall where we wanted to put it wasn't in the best shape.
We hadn't originally planned on doing anything to this wall, but we knew that before we could begin any other projects in this part of the yard, it would have to be replaced. We spent a lot of time looking at other people's retaining walls, and checking out different types of rock, both natural and man made. After much consideration we finally settled on the Quebec bluestone that we had installed last fall.
So with a proper retaining wall in place, we were finally ready to install our fence. Using our hammer drill and a masonry bit, we drilled into the rock and used wedge anchors to anchor the fence down.
With the fence up, we were then able to start building the arbour and lattice privacy panels to fill in the space between the wall and our house. As always, we went to Pinterest in search of some design inspiration. We found two arbours that we really liked and used aspects of both of them in our design.
So after a week of fence installing and arbour building, here is our (mostly) finished project:
We still have a few things left to do, like cut off the fence posts and install caps, landscape in front of the lattice screen and stain it all black to match the fence. But we are thrilled with how it has turned out, and the dog is enjoying some freedom in the yard now that he doesn't have to be tied up.