By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If you're looking for a way to create some privacy from a noisy street or neighbor a fence made of boards and battens - vertical wood panels between posts - makes an attractive and effective barrier. We've seen the fence panels used to enclose an entire yard or just part of one, and as a privacy screen for a patio, so they can be a useful solution in a variety of settings. You'll find 4-foot-by-8-foot panels in long-lasting treated lumber and rough-sawn cedar at lumber and home centers. Left natural or stained, they're an attractive addition to any landscape.
A fence contractor will build a 6-foot-high, 50-foot-long treated board and batten fence for about $993. That includes labor and material. You can buy the materials for $675 and built it and save 32 percent. Fence building is a time-consuming project that requires careful planning and layout to the more arduous job of digging holes for the fence poles, so figure a few long work days to complete the job.
The materials include the fence sections, end posts, cement and galvanized nails. You'll need to have a shovel, wheelbarrow, 4 ft. carpenter's level and basic carpentry tools. To make the job easier rent or borrow a post hole digger.
Before you do anything, contact your local building department and ask if there are building code requirements and permits needed to build a fence - there usually are. Find out what the required depth for post holes is because it depends on the frost line (how deep the ground freezes) in your area. There may be other restrictions about the height of the fence or how close it can be to your neighbor’s property. Refer to a copy of your property survey to make sure you know exactly where your property begins and ends to avoid building a fence on your neighbor's property.
In this video Lowes suggests how to Lay out and Dig a Post Hole.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to build a board and batten fence you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.