Thank you all for your fence ideas. I’ve read them all and will answer the ones I remember here.
Move Fence to the Front Corner: We technically are supposed to have our fences start at the back corner of the house and not come forward but, they are allowing us (not just us but the entire area) to start our fences so many feet from the back. We cannot go all the way to the front of the house but even if we could, there are trees and retaining walls and we have to leave a space for a work truck to get to the solar panels if work is needed on those so the fence as drawn in yesterday’s post is about as close to the front as we can put it.
Adverse Possession: Some of you read 6 feet from the property line. I think the only two places I saw where I mentioned coming off the property line, I said 6″ (inches). For those of you talking about that becoming the boundary, at least in Missouri, the neighboring property owner only becomes the owner of that extra strip (1) after 10 years and (2) if we do nothing with it. So long as Vince goes back there with a weed whacker or a hand mower and mows it or we plant something back there and maintain it – so long as we “act like it’s our property” it remains our property. The only way the fence can be built any closer to the property line is with a written agreement from the neighbor accepting the survey markers as the gospel (or something close). Because the back fence only goes about halfway across the property (maybe less because it doesn’t go to the north property line and on the south, it starts at the front of Vince’s shop), I’m not at all concerned about the property line issue.
Clothesline Poles: Some of you don’t remember how hard I had to work to get Vince to get those clothesline poles installed! Vince said he’s NEVER moving them again. There’s really no other place on the property we can put them because of (1) not wanting the clothesline in plain sight of the road (2) we had to keep it out from under total shade (3) we had to leave openings for a truck to get to the solar panels if needed. I use the clothes line at least 4 or 5 times per week.
I don’t mind having the corner/angle/turn there near the clothes line poles. I can plant something there or put a chair and table there and make it a little reading nook. No one sees that side of the house but us.
Short Stairs: The short stairs on the south side lead down to the little concrete area. That area usually has the grill and will have the pizza oven once we get the fence up. We go out the sun room door (the sun room is off the kitchen) and grill or make pizza. It’s so much easier to go off that set of three stairs than to go down the 20+ steps on the other side. The deck is about 50 feet long so having those short stairs right by the door is great when cooking out or taking Oscar out if we’re upstairs. We aren’t going to be removing those. In fact, just last year, we had the old stairs removed and new stairs built.
Windows: I think I’ve convinced Vince to put the fence so that both shop windows are inside the fence.
Hope I’ve responded to everything. Thanks for your thoughts. Vince and I will discuss this all tomorrow make some decisions.