After getting a few quotes for a side gate and panel and getting the shock of our lives ($$$$), my wife and I decided to DIY this job.
This is an old photo but it shows the open side.
I made up my design and decided to go with the Merbau gate and fencing panel and some Cyprus timber posts.
The original design, a few on the go tweaks were applied.
We used a post digger (auger) which reduced the labour required despite a few incorrectly place hopes.
Happy with the final result. Just some minor landscaping to tidy up and a gate latch to finish it off.
Decided to touch up some details on the side gate this weekend. Much much happier with the end product.
Fantastic @Chaks_DIY, well done. I'm sure your work will really inspire others and you'll get plenty of questions from members wanting to know how they can replicate your project.
Many thanks for sharing.
Hi you have done a great job and it is something like what we are going to do. We have never made one before but we are putting some plans into place so we can have a crack. We will be moving into our newly built home and need some side gates for our dog to keep in the yard and privacy. We are thinking of doing it out of treated pine and then stain it like merbau because my Husband said the gate will be lighter out of pine. We thought the same as you did that it is a lot of $$$$ so why not have a go ourselves and it might be half the price with a bit of luck.
Welcome to the Workshop community @PamW.
It's great to have you join us and I'm sure @Chaks_DIY appreciates your feedback on their project.
If you were interested in the items used in this project they are-
We look forward to hearing about your own gate project and if you have further questions, please let us know.
Thank you and glad to hear this is something you are considering. We completed it without too much difficulty and enjoyed the DIY opportunity. It ended up being LESS than a 1/4 of the price quoted too !
Enjoy and can't wait to see the final result!
Thank you, I am looking into what material I want to use, I have got some ideas of the style and will be able to try and put it together in a few weeks, cheers
If the gate will look onto an area where people walk by, it would be kinder for your dog/s to use closed-in paneling, not open slats.
Dogs have an urge to protect "their" area, which is everything that they can see. They will likely spend much time at the slatted gate anxiously on guard warding off for potential "intruders" (ie everyone who walks past), barking and annoying people, as well as going through unnecessary anxiety.
If you want examples, just walk around any neighbourhood where people have given their dogs visual access to the outside of their yard. You'll see them barking (trying to guard their infinite territory) & probably being barked at by their owners. Just a tip that you might consider for everyone's peace, if the gate leads to a view outside of your yard.
I've uploaded a couple of photos after doing some final detailing to the gate this weekend.
Hope it helps and good luck with yours.