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Old 04-28-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there...
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Well, here is mine....kinda hard to take one pic of it the way its laid out. Also, I cant take credit for it...I bought a model home and this was all done and included!

Made it easy for me!!

(The pic of front yard is a little different now...that curved sidewalk has been removed and replaced with grass - it was there to go from model to model)
Wow, such a different landscape than Minnesota. Why do they use cinder block walls for the fence. We have grass and trees everywhere, chain link or composite material for the privacy fence. Nice!
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Wow, such a different landscape than Minnesota. Why do they use cinder block walls for the fence. We have grass and trees everywhere, chain link or composite material for the privacy fence. Nice!
From a previous quote, masonary holds up better in the sun/heat and also the style.
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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Wow, such a different landscape than Minnesota. Why do they use cinder block walls for the fence. We have grass and trees everywhere, chain link or composite material for the privacy fence. Nice!
Block walls just like a prison....
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:00 AM
 
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Wow, such a different landscape than Minnesota. Why do they use cinder block walls for the fence. We have grass and trees everywhere, chain link or composite material for the privacy fence. Nice!
The blocks hold up much better then wood and chain link just looks ghetto in my opinion, plus it offers no privacy at all. With so many people have pools out here, I think privacy is a bigger issue then you might find in other parts of the country where you might use the backyard just for a barbecue or something.

I personally like the block fencing, as long as the backyard is big enough...otherwise it does feel like you're sort of blocked in.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Wow, such a different landscape than Minnesota. Why do they use cinder block walls for the fence. We have grass and trees everywhere, chain link or composite material for the privacy fence. Nice!
Lots of lakes=more water, desert=less water...so, fewer trees, etc makes sense, no?
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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Here are some before and after pics of my backyard in Gilbert:

Before (July 07):


After (April 08):




WOW! What a difference a pool and a Barbie make. lol
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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Block walls just like a prison....


Chain link might be good, but I have to agree here. You want privacy? Dont live so close to the next house! There are areas in the midwest where you have open land, no need for much more than a horse corral or maybe a chain link to separate the properties, which you actually 'have' plenty of. But again, I never did care much for block walls. It almost seems that if you 'have to' have them, youre too close to the next house.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Chain link might be good, but I have to agree here. You want privacy? Dont live so close to the next house! There are areas in the midwest where you have open land, no need for much more than a horse corral or maybe a chain link to separate the properties, which you actually 'have' plenty of. But again, I never did care much for block walls. It almost seems that if you 'have to' have them, youre too close to the next house.
Very insightful post. Tell us, does your house have transparent walls? Or did you build too close to other houses for that
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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I don't like the block walls either, but I do like stucco walls. Just a preference I guess. I really don't even think of it for privacy (we had enough land that privacy wasn't our big issue). I really liked it b/c it kept most of the snakes, and some of the other wildlife, out! We did have a snake issue for a while but they had found a tiny spot by the gate to get in. I really wouldn't want to live there w/o a solid wall (maybe in the city, but not on the desert, which is where we were). I like that far fewer snakes make it into the back yard!
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Can block walls be stuccoed?
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