Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gated Entrance Progress

This is a very busy time of year for us. The frost is gone and we have started our work again on a piece of property we own and I thought I'd share with you some of our progress. This is the entrance to the property. It has a very long driveway and that took the majority of last summer to excavate and complete.

This is the day we arrived with the gate my husband built for the entrance. That is my youngest son standing on the bumper.

With some much needed help from his equipment, my husband placed the first side. My son is about 5'5" tall to give you an idea of the size of the gate.

He then set the other half and straightened and leveled the posts and swinging arms.

We then gave all the wood a nice coat of stain and painted all the metal hardware black.

We built a stone wall on either side of the posts using Pennsylvania Thin Field Stone.

My husband made all the hardware himself. It is all hand pounded to give it a nice 'aged' feel. The cedar posts are 18" round and are repurposed powerline poles. The power company replaced them because the woodpeckers had got to them. The holes are on the opposite side and add an interesting detail to the gate.

This is how the entrance looks at the moment. The grass is just starting to grow.  We are now working at the top of the driveway making fields. I will post updated pictures once the grass comes in. It's a lot of hard work, but is so worth it in the end.
UPDATE:  The grass has grown and the entrance is finished!

Until next time ~ Suzanne.
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25 comments:

  1. That looks awesome!! My, what a lot of work and talent...The rock wall is certainly the perfect finishing touch.. It will be worth it all though I am sure...
    God Bless you and your family.
    Faye / Primitive Lace

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  2. Suzanne..this looks amazing..I absolutely love it :) I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the progress...so exciting :)

    Wishing you a wonderful day,
    Doreen

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  3. A big job but what a result.It looks very impressive.Looking forward to sseeing more.

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  4. What an amazing job you guys did Suzanne! It looks like it was a ton of work but oh so worth it! I especially love the ironwork on the gate.

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  5. This is so totally awesome and beautiful! It makes you want to go beyond the gate. Good luck to you and I will enjoy watching your progress. I have become a follower. Thank you for visiting my shadow post, I appreciate it! Joan

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  6. Simply awesome, Suzanne. You have one very talented husband. How long did it take to install and to put up the stone fence?

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  7. What a beautiful job! I love it!
    Can't wait to see more of it's progression.

    Audrey

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  8. That gate is BEAUTIFUL!..I can't wait to see more!

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  9. Such HARD WORK and well worth the effort! Gorgeous.
    Will look forward to more photosl

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  10. A family built Masterpiece! Beautiful craftsmanship! I look forward to seeing more.
    Blessings

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  11. This looks awesome..I love the look of the metal and can't wait to see more pictures..

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  12. I love that entrance! How exciting!! And I love the stacked stone!

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  13. What a gorgeous entrance you have created! That metal work is amazing as is the stonework.

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  14. omg everything is just beautiful

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  15. What a gorgeous gate and the iron work is amazing.
    Where are you in NH? I'm in New Hampton right near the Lakes Region.

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  16. That gate is gorgeous, and that iron work is amazing! Love the stonework too!♥
    Have a great week!
    Prim Blessings,
    Kim

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  17. That's my kinda gate! Love it! Meanwhile I published your link in a post today about the 6th Photo Game and picked you to be a part of it. Rory

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  18. WOW!! Girl, that is amazing!! Definitely lots and lots of work, but so worth it I'm sure! Your husband is very talented, he does beautiful work! What a nice piece of property too!

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  19. Looks like you have a fabulous piece of property and the gate is so rustic and perfect there.

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  20. sooo charming! I love that you used old power line poles!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and leaving me a note! Great minds do think alike! ;)

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  21. Oh my! That gate is awesome. I love huge gates like that. Your hubby is one talented guy!

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  22. Just ASTOUNDING!!!! Fantastic job. Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  23. The wrought iron looks great its a very colonial look.

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