Have you been following along with our patio makeover this year? Dan and I promised each other we wouldn’t take on more than we could manage, so the projects have been relatively simple – but they pack a big punch considering the sad and sorry state of our deck before the improvements. And today, we will show you how we built our new show piece! Our Simple Chevron Outdoor Privacy Wall!
You’ll recall it started out like this:
The previous owners had the right idea with their bench + lattice type thing, but I think we can all safely agree that it was … well… overstaying its welcome a bit. So we ripped it out and challenged ourselves to come up with some a bit more modern and streamlined to replace it.
Enter the chevron privacy wall.
This can be adapted whether you have a stone patio surrounded by dirt and grass, a balcony or a free standing deck like we have. The best part is this wall cost us about $150 to build!
Dan is a PLANNER. Which is good. He keeps me in check. He is the measure twice guy. Thank goodness. So when we decided on chevron, he scurried away to his planning desk in the rec room for a good few hours to mock up some options for us.
The supply list looks like this:
- Twenty Four 1x6x5′ lengths of pressure treated lumber
- Two 4x4x8′ pressure treated posts
- Three lengths 2x4x8′ pressure treated lumber
- Deck Screws
- Four 2×4 wood-to-wood connector plates
- 3″ lag screws & washers
- Circular Saw – We have and love this one
- Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
- Nail Gun – We love this one
- Impact Drill and Driver – (here’s the kit we have)
The entire structure is 7.5′ wide and 6′ tall, and attached to the deck with 4×4 posts. To secure them, we initially thought we’d use deck plates just screwed into the top of the deck, but decided that would not withstand an Atlantic Canadian hurricane. Instead, Dan notched out the 4×4 posts and secured them to the deck joists.
Lag nuts were used on each post to secure the 4×4 to the deck joist.
We used 2x4s to finish framing out, securing with deck braces and deck screws. Then we started to mitre the chevron boards using our Ryobi Compound Mitre Saw, essentially making rhombuses, angled to 30 degrees. You can do this project without a mitre saw, but I don’t recommend it. This saw is worth every penny to us when it comes to doing more custom looking projects like this one.
When securing the boards, we started at the bottom of the ‘V’ to make sure we could maintain the pattern. Essentially, we thought it would look better to have shorter boards at the top rather than the possibility of an unfinished ‘V’ at the bottom. We wanted our boards to be approximately 1″ apart, so we used the mitre saw again to create a small scrap that acted as a spacer between the boards. We then just nailed them in with a brad nailer, and worked our way up! Honestly, once all the cutting was complete and the support frame was in place, it came together quite quickly. The only fiddly steps involved cutting the planks that filled out the very top and bottom of the pattern.
When all was assembled, we went back and properly secured our chevron planks with deck screws.
Overall, it was a good couple of days of cutting wood and putting this all together, but it’s added such an amazing modern feel to our patio! And, as I mentioned, if you already have a well stocked tool box, the actual supplies cost us less than $150. Which, I believe is a bargain!
And here’s a teeny sneak peek of the direction I’m taking this little patio nook! I have ONE more project to finish up before I’ll be ready to show you the whole thing. It’s actually part of my August Monthly DIY Challenge. So stay tuned!
I’m off to work on my little office nook now. Sometimes I like to balance out big messy building projects with smaller ones, you know 🙂 Have a good one…
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