Jun 28, 2010 10:05 pm
Just after some advice
We are removing a large shrub along our fence line, and will be getting a large screen made to block our neighbours and to 'modernise' our entertaining area.
We are looking doing a big merbau/jarrah type screen. It will cover the entire fence, and be about 1m above the fenceline.
It will sit right up against the fence.
Anyways ... is there a cheaper way than using merbau/jarrah ?
Is pine an option ? Can it be painted to 'look' like a nice jarrah ?
The key is we want the look to be modern.
Re: Screening help2
Jun 29, 2010 9:11 am
You'd need to use treated pine, and yes, it can be stained - but it still won't look like jarrah. The green colour of the chemical treatment alters the colour of whatever woodstain you use. You might be perfectly happy with the effect, but I suggest you grab a piece of treated pine and a sample pot of a suitable woodstain product and test it out before ordering any materials. Some paint shops might have samples on treated pine.
There are lots of other options for privacy screens though - it just depends on what you like and the effect you're after. Bamboo or reed products can work well, rendered blueboard gives you lots of choices of colour and effect, and I'm sure there are plenty of other ideas if you're on a budget.
These are a few of the efforts of H1 members - if you use the search function, you'll find lots more:
And a couple off the net...
Re: Screening help3
Jun 29, 2010 9:29 am
What's your neighbour like? Just asking because if we were to do a screen that was 1m over the fence height (regardless of actually being helpful and providing privacy), ours would make a complaint to our council. I think the max you can do a fence/screen is 2meters high (you might want to check with our council).
Re: Screening help4
Jun 29, 2010 10:25 am
thanks guys .. some great stuff to think about there
Our neighbours are OK. I dont think it would be a prob as he has built sheds up against his side of fence, so he isnt really losing any view.
I will def check with council tho.
Re: Screening help5
Jun 30, 2010 6:13 pm
Hi - I've heard that merbau leaches out red stain so if you go with that you'll want to make sure the stain isn't going to affect pavers or house paint etc.
A friend of ours did a merbau screen and it looks great so personally I'd probably still that path ...
Re: Screening help6
Jun 30, 2010 6:23 pm
Leaching isn't a problem if you prepare and treat it properly. We used a deck cleaning product on ours, and then gave it a couple of coats of Ultradeck, same as we do for our decking. No probs at all.
When you get materials delievered, don't leave the new timber on paving in the rain though....
Re: Screening help8
Jul 01, 2010 9:26 pm
You need to host your photos on an external website, like Photobucket or Flickr.
Instructions are here if you're not sure: http://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1272
Re: Screening help9
Jul 02, 2010 10:26 am
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Jul 12, 2010 8:06 pm
Re: Screening help15
Jul 18, 2010 5:29 pm
Love it. We were going to go for a slatted screen, but we needed a noise barrier as well.
That looks fantastic deathgod.
Re: Screening help16
Jul 18, 2010 5:59 pm
Fantastic, dg! Love the light colour - it brightened the area instantly!
Sooo, are you in Sydney and would you recommend your installer? (we will need one)
My signature is distracting people from my wise posts ...
Re: Screening help17
Jul 24, 2010 8:27 pm
Tx guys !
we are heaps happy with it.
We are in Ocean Grove, coastal Vic.
My installer/builder was my local Jims mowing guy.
We have been mates for years, and he did a great job.
All up cost $2400
Wood, paint, cement, paint and he did a couple of lil maintenance jobs at the same time.
thinking of putting a pizza oven in for summer.
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