OK, things have been on hold, but it's time to get back on track. I know that if we let too much grass grow under our feet... well, I'LL be the one mowing it later.
I've started working on the trellis/gate design for the breezeway that I outright copied from our neighbor, Terry, as shown in the previous post about the trellis.
The difference between our gates is that we have 8' of breezeway to span, and he only had about five. This means adaptation!!
Here's what I've got so far, and overlayed the sketch to approximately where we'd be placing it. (Facing the front of the house, towards the street.)
Size adjustments (and proportions) not withstanding, we're planning on a dual hinged, two part swinging gate, approximately four feet in width (Two doors of 2' each) as well as 2' stationary panels to hinge the doors to. I don't think it will be closed much, and probably never locked, but I DO want to discourage the ^&$#@*&^ stray cats from sneaking in from the street and holding a catnip vigil under the bird feeder.
The key thing we've decided upon is that the 4x4's that will be the main supports for the gate need to be dug into the ground at least 2' on each side, and the side that is on our property (right side of the picture) will have two 4x4's embedded in the ground. Only one of the 4x4's on the other side will be embedded (the one farthest from the brick wall) in order to avoid any entanglements with the next homeowners of that property.
Now to get a better, more accurate design... then a materials list.
Then a shopping list.