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#1 More than a Mother

Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

So we're now at the 'making it look attractive' stage.

To the right, you can see the filter. The pool blanket and roller will go next to the filter.

Firstly, I’m on a budget. The fence is the main issue, being pretty horrible.

I want to build a box around the filter in treated pine, and a box for the pool blanket roller that I’d like to also use as a bench. I thought the light colour of pine would look better next to the fence, rather than dark wood.  

I’d originally thought of using two of these panels suspended on the fence http://www.outdeco.com/Screens.html, so they would bookend the planters.
But now I think they'd be too dark.

This is how it looks now;



While I hate the fence, it looks so light and spacious. My original ideas of wooden screens to cover the fence will loose that sense of space. I've bought 3 fibreglass cube planters to go along the left hand fence, which I plan to paint - colour suggestions?

So what would you do to keep the sense of space, but disguise the fence?

Edited by ssorrrento, 10 May 2012 - 10:52 PM.


#2 Amanda_R

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

I think you've got some good ideas.  I can't see any problem with any of it, except maybe not painting it green unless you get something that works with the blue in the pool.  You could go for a dirty orange to tie in with the screens, it would contrast nicely with the blue in the pool too.  It's a great idea though, either the three with the screens or two larger ones (or two pairs of two) and the screens in the center.  

You could paint the boxes you want to make instead of having the plain treated pine, but there are timbers out there that are a bit more durable than treated pine and aren't as dark in colour as the usual Merbau etc.  

You have some great ideas, the screens will look fantastic, really creative idea with the planter boxes.  Go for it!

#3 claptrap

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Instead of or as well as the mondo along the longer fence, you could put some fasteners into the fence and do a cross hatch pattern using chinese star jasmine.  It doesn't drop a lot, and smells gorgeous.  It does however get vigorous so only do it if you're prepared to give it a haircut once a month.

#4 More than a Mother

Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:42 AM

QUOTE (Amanda_R @ 17/04/2012, 10:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could go for a dirty orange to tie in with the screens, it would contrast nicely with the blue in the pool too.  It's a great idea though, either the three with the screens or two larger ones (or two pairs of two) and the screens in the center.  

You could paint the boxes you want to make instead of having the plain treated pine, but there are timbers out there that are a bit more durable than treated pine and aren't as dark in colour as the usual Merbau etc.  

You have some great ideas, the screens will look fantastic, really creative idea with the planter boxes.  Go for it!


Thanks for the feedback. I was expecting someone to tell me I was being ridiculous. I like the idea of the orange. I've so many ideas that I'd love to put into practice - I just need an outlet  biggrin.gif .

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you could put some fasteners into the fence and do a cross hatch pattern using chinese star jasmine.
I'd thought of something like this - we've just ripped down something similar with native climbers to put the pool in - the climbers had seed pods that exploded in the heat, so weren't suitable. original.gif

Edited by ssorrrento, 18 April 2012 - 10:43 AM.


#5 credence

Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Hey I've got that screening at my place and absolutely love it. It's about $100 per panel FYI.

I've also got lime green painted behind it and it looks fab. It's such a loud colour, but actually, in context of a garden, it blends in rather nicely with other greenery that we have. I'll take a photo tomorrow and post how it looks.

#6 More than a Mother

Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

Ooh - yes please, Credence. Is it in full sun? Have you had it a while? How is it wearing? Is it heavy?

#7 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

PO Box Designs do some great designs for outdoor screening.

Love your ideas - sounds like it will look fabulous!

#8 More than a Mother

Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

Love some of those designs, Yoda. I don't even want to think about how much they are. I'm strictly on a budget, hence me wanting to do it myself.

#9 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (ssorrrento @ 22/04/2012, 02:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love some of those designs, Yoda. I don't even want to think about how much they are. I'm strictly on a budget, hence me wanting to do it myself.

Yes, they are on my "If we have money to splash about ' list.  Unfortunately, I am not actually allowed to use that list ....  cry1.gif  

We're using the 'Essentials on a budget' list, although my interpretation of that list is slightly different to DH's ....  laughing2.gif

#10 credence

Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

Sorry I didn't come back sooner, but here is what that screen looks like in our backyard.



It's literally a lime green, but it doesn't look to loud in context of all the green foliage we have. It has enough 'pop' though.



#11 More than a Mother

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:40 PM

That looks great, Credence. Thanks for posting. It's the pattern that I'm leaning towards too.

It looks pretty easy to put up. And from the photo's it looks like there's plants or something else green behind it.

We get the limestone and fence in next week, so then it's time for the fun bit.

#12 credence

Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

It's fairly straight forward to install. In our case, we built a simple frame that we attached to the fence. Then we painted it the lime green colour, then simply nailed the panels straight onto the frame.

I will say, the panels are smaller then you imagine they will be. You should go out and have a look at some in person. They are very light weight, like a particle board. You don't have to finish it with anything, it's perfectly weather proof as it is, but you have the option of spray painting it a different colour if you so wish.

I'm really happy with it. Everyone who has seen it has been really impressed by it.

#13 More than a Mother

Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:16 PM

I've added a photo now the fence and limestone are finished, and edited my original post - I still don't like the fence, but like how spacious it looks.

How do I disguise without losing the light and airy feel?

#14 credence

Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:55 AM

I'm thinking you should create a bench seat along that whole back wall using decking, then run the decking all the way up the fence on that side as a screen. I don't think you'll lose the light and airy feel. I think that comes from the light coloured flooring and the glass fence, not the colourbond!






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