Gate Remodel and New Hardware


Hi there- how was your weekend?  We spent the weekend replacing gates in our backyard for our new puppy, Chloe!  It was a birthday gift to me from the family: the puppy, not the gate!  It was looking a little tired: both the gate and myself!!    Both gates just needed new doors as the posts were installed when we      my {first} husband  originally built the fence gates.


As the flagstone settled the posts caught on the flagstone resulting in boards pulling away from frame!


     We completely copied our neighbor’s fence they built (okay they hired a guy)  a few months ago when they got a puppy.    This time around we left spaces between each board. We also left enough space at the bottom so the gate has no chance of catching on the flagstone or the vine.   We love the look. It opens up the yard and the dogs can have a peek into the front yard!  We built 2 identical fences on opposite sides of the house (but this side of the yard is prettier)!


New Hardware:  I grabbed new hardware at Home Depot on our way out with the fence boards.  This was under $10.00.  If I had to do it  again I would go a little larger on the hardware.  While we replaced the old gate latch my son said, “We need to save this mom.. I bet we can find something to do with it.”  Oh…. he’s a future DIY’er!


Before and After: One more look at the before and after!  Love it!  Scroll below for resource list.


Resource List:

All supplies purchased at Home Depot. We reused the hinges from previous gates.   Wood was around $80.00 but this was for 2 gates and we replaced the side horizontal slats to the left of the gate.  Latch was from Home Depot and under $8.00.


Puppy Fever… Our newest addition


This is what I have been up to this week….


Our newest addition to the family, a Bernese Mountain dog puppy, Chloe. At least I think we have settled on Chloe.  That’s how tired I am; I can’t focus long enough to confirm her name.  The rest of the family calls her Chloe!   We lost our beloved Owen in July and quickly realized we were lost and so was our other dog, Tanner (an Aussie) without our loveable Owen.

tanner big brther

It’s not that Tanner and Owen were particularly close, but Tanner had a  job to do with Owen: protect, herd, and correct.  It was Tanner who had the hardest time with Owen’s sudden visit to the Rainbow Bridge.  Owen came into our lives as a rescue.  He was surrendered by a family that did not make the time for him.  Owen had dozens of idiosyncracies, but I just thought of him as “My Owen.”


And, that was one of the issues the family had when we decided  to expand our family.   The kids wanted a dog that was “not just mom’s dog.” And, the family wanted a puppy.  They all agreed on a Bernese Mountain dog puppy so they could see what Owen was like as a puppy.  We were never sure how old Owen was when we rescued him, but all indications point to roughly 2 years old.  This is why we bonded- I like to use approximates on my age too!

Did  I mention Owen was house broken, no destructive habits and with the exception of the occasional pizza box emptied onto the kitchen floor, he never got into trouble.  He was perfect for our family and came into our lives when we needed a low maintenance, family friendly, appreciative 4 legged family member. And, then we got this little one….


Less than 5 days into our new puppy, I can tell you that Chloe is Owen, just 90 pounds lighter, not housebroken and will chew on any object that comes within contact of her puppy teeth!  She is less than thrilled with her crate accomodations in the evening.  She prefers a 24 hour concierge.   After a week of potty training, I think I am over the puppy stage! Ha.