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Old 12-27-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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Hi,

Now we are planning to remodeling our house, especially the fence and carport.

My friend is a designer, he designed a fence+planter in my frontyard, but don't know how to attach it here. The rectangular planter is very long, about 5m, and 2pcs, then intall picket fence on the outer edge of the planter. I like it very much. But I'm not sure that is feasible, that means I need to pay much for the goods, soil, maintenance and many other things. So I wonder do you have any suggestions about that design?

About the carport, we'd like to buy a pergola and put it before our garage with planters. Will that be greatful?

Thanks, everyone!

Amy
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hi,

Now we are planning to remodeling our house, especially the fence and carport.

My friend is a designer, he designed a fence+planter in my frontyard, but don't know how to attach it here. The rectangular planter is very long, about 5m, and 2pcs, then intall picket fence on the outer edge of the planter. I like it very much. But I'm not sure that is feasible, that means I need to pay much for the goods, soil, maintenance and many other things. So I wonder do you have any suggestions about that design?

About the carport, we'd like to buy a pergola and put it before our garage with planters. Will that be greatful?

Thanks, everyone!

Amy
The designs can be endless here. Just be careful with front fence height as far as City codes. You can even grow vegies and plants year round here.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Moved to Garden sub-forum for a better response.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi,

Now we are planning to remodeling our house, especially the fence and carport.

My friend is a designer, he designed a fence+planter in my frontyard, but don't know how to attach it here. The rectangular planter is very long, about 5m, and 2pcs, then intall picket fence on the outer edge of the planter. I like it very much. But I'm not sure that is feasible, that means I need to pay much for the goods, soil, maintenance and many other things. So I wonder do you have any suggestions about that design?

About the carport, we'd like to buy a pergola and put it before our garage with planters. Will that be greatful?

Thanks, everyone!

Amy
How knowledgeable is the "designer" about construction. It sounds like this is a wood planter. Did the designer include a foundation for the planter and a liner to protect the wood from the soil and moisture inside the planter as well as the ground? If not it will probably rot out fairly quickly, even if made from treated wood. Do you have termites in the area that will be attracted to the wood?

A pergola can be an attractive addition depending on how it is done. It also could rot out fairly quickly if it is not constructed with the right materials and not detailed properly. Unprotected wood usually turns black with mold and weathering.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Will that be greatful?", perhaps you meant "will it be appreciated?". Again it depends on how well built it is, how attractive and low maintenance it is.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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How knowledgeable is the "designer" about construction. It sounds like this is a wood planter. Did the designer include a foundation for the planter and a liner to protect the wood from the soil and moisture inside the planter as well as the ground? If not it will probably rot out fairly quickly, even if made from treated wood. Do you have termites in the area that will be attracted to the wood?

A pergola can be an attractive addition depending on how it is done. It also could rot out fairly quickly if it is not constructed with the right materials and not detailed properly. Unprotected wood usually turns black with mold and weathering.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Will that be greatful?", perhaps you meant "will it be appreciated?". Again it depends on how well built it is, how attractive and low maintenance it is.


Thanks very much, like that. It's not wood, we want to use composite materials like pvc and fiberglass, what do you think of it?
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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The designs can be endless here. Just be careful with front fence height as far as City codes. You can even grow vegies and plants year round here.
Hi, thank you! I've attached the design, what do you think of that?
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Lots of maintenance issues and the potential to look weedy and unsightly. Very small growing area for pergola vines. Mature plants will be root bound in no time and need to be constantly watered in hot weather. It just seems like too many busy looking structures and not enough natural yard. Do you have bad soil? Is that the reason for the above ground planters next to the fence instead of shrubs that would soften the look of the fence? I'm not particularly drawn to plastic or fiberglass either - overall, I am not loving the design or the maintenance issues.

Why not use natural plant material instead of all those things being built?
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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Lots of maintenance issues and the potential to look weedy and unsightly. Very small growing area for pergola vines. Mature plants will be root bound in no time and need to be constantly watered in hot weather. It just seems like too many busy looking structures and not enough natural yard. Do you have bad soil? Is that the reason for the above ground planters next to the fence instead of shrubs that would soften the look of the fence? I'm not particularly drawn to plastic or fiberglass either - overall, I am not loving the design or the maintenance issues.

Why not use natural plant material instead of all those things being built?
Hi, Cattknap, thanks for your suggestion.
1. About the planter beside the planter, I want to buy 20"L*14"W*12.5"H, 6~8pcs, is that enough for growing the vine plant?
2.Actually, the design Fence+Planter is my friend's idea, he thought that's creative, but I'm not sure of that. The soil here is not so bad, so you mean the planter is unnecessary?
3.I just want the material that doesn't need much maintenance, so they suggest composite materials, I've saw the vinyl and fiberglass planters and fence in Lowe's, that seems good.

Oh, wether my pergola in San Diego needs roof? My mother said that it doesn't essential because the weather here is not bad, do you have any suggestion?

Amy
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Lots of maintenance issues and the potential to look weedy and unsightly. Very small growing area for pergola vines. Mature plants will be root bound in no time and need to be constantly watered in hot weather. It just seems like too many busy looking structures and not enough natural yard. Do you have bad soil? Is that the reason for the above ground planters next to the fence instead of shrubs that would soften the look of the fence? I'm not particularly drawn to plastic or fiberglass either - overall, I am not loving the design or the maintenance issues.

Why not use natural plant material instead of all those things being built?
^ I agree with these comments, the pergola plants will probably not do well enough to grow very large in those small pots.

The plants along the fence would be healthier in the ground instead of in planter boxes.

Zoning set back requirements in many communities do not allow you to build pergolas or even that little gate structure in the fence, within 25' of the street, and fences are limited to 3' or 4' high. Talk to your building permit office to find out what they will allow. There is a good chance that you property lines do not go out all of the way to the sidewalk, so you may not be able to build a fence that close to it. Check where your property lines are located.

I can't see any indication that anyone suggested your pergola needed a roof. You must have misunderstood something.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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That really isn't a carport. A carport is sheltered from the sun and rain.
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