Unfortunately, it’s just one of the many “we-have-marijuana-plants-but-don’t-want-you-(or the code inspector)-to-know” type gates we see in our area. Sheesh! Only in California.
One of the first tasks we completed when we bought our property years ago was to install a gate. Our eldest son, Stephen, took a day out of his busy schedule to help us. We bought the gate at Tractor Supply and it has served us well since then.
But now we are in the process of building our new home, and needed to expand the width of our gate, otherwise a cement truck would have some trouble squeezing through. And we are going to need lots and lots of cement trucks!
We also needed to make sure a fire truck and/or other emergency vehicles could get through. We have had three wildfires very close to us this year, and had to evacuate once, so we want to make it actually INVITING for fire trucks and emergency personnel to get into our property!
Several years ago, my sister Deana gave us a few small “garden type” gates, which are actually meant to be used with a chain link fence. But, when you have limited supplies and don’t want to spend money, you “make do”! So, my dear hubbs and I decided to use that as a temporary fix to widen the entrance to our property.
Once our new house is done, we plan to replace the gate with a prettier gate and install a solar automatic gate opener. I found these gates below on Wayfair.com and really like the first one. I’m not a real “frufru” type of girl, but a little bit more design than our current gate would be nice.
Since we installed that first gate more than 10 years ago, it was starting to lose some paint where we chained it to the post, and I thought that since we were widening the gate, we would update the whole kit and kaboodle.
I decided to paint both of these gates bright red – or as the paint can says – Satin Apple Red. Why? Because living in a forest, it isn’t always easy to see street signs, much less house numbers So, we have to explain our property whereabouts to visitors as “turn down the lane where you see the first brown gate”. Unfortunately, in the afternoon, our gate is in the shade, so sometimes it isn’t easy to see the gate, especially since it’s brown! And our neighbor down the road also has a brown gate. And the neighbor below him!
So after clearing some brush and lower tree limbs, I painted both gates Rustoleum Satin Apple Red.
Now, I can tell everyone that we are at the only red gate on our country road, and they can’t miss it. At least I hope they don’t!!
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