I'm in the process of removing my old fence between my house and the neighbor. This fence is on the side of the yard that doesn't get much use and has been somewhat neglected. It is located south of the house but because of the neighbor's garage and house and my front yard tree the west portion nearest the fence doesn't get a lot of sun.
Last year I removed all the landscape fabric below about 6 inches of mulch and this year I'm in the process of cleaning up the side yard, putting in some plants and a flagstone path. Along the house, I'm putting a narrow brick path.
This first photo was taken this morning from my sidewalk and is looking east:
Here is the same fence taken from the side yard looking west:
My planned fence design is similar to the open portions of this fence:
I drew a quick plan in excel which doesn't show much except the relationship of the fence to the house:
Here's a down and dirty mockup I did showing the new path and some random plant-like things and a badly drawn new fence:
Problem and question I plan on putting the new fence where the old one was, in a straight line along the same plane as the front of the house. I will be moving the opening toward the middle of the fence and plan on it being a more arbor-like opening instead of a heavy wrought iron gate. As I get to thinking about this, I'm wondering if a straight-line fence in the same plane as the house is the best idea. Is there a better place to put the fence? Should it remain straight with the house? Will the fence type proposed work or will it be too small?