How to Build a Fence Gate and Trellis

Arched Fence Gate & Trellis

I am loving getting to all of these outdoor areas in our yard. The only fenced in part of our yard is on the side of house, and it did not have a working gate on it. I wanted a gate so my dog could stay inside without getting out. However, I wanted to make it pretty and decided to add a trellis to it. I mostly wanted to make it look like a secret garden gate. I will show you step-by-step how I did this. 


Step 1

The first step was to take out some of the side fence. I wanted to make a little more room for everything to fit better than before. I kept the corner post, because I am going to use it for the new fence. 

Step 2

I wanted a more natural look for the entrance. So I am getting rid of the concrete. It took a while. I used a sledge hammer to get most of the concrete up. Then I also used a pry bar to help get pieces up as well. 

Step 3

I got all of the concrete out that I needed except the part I need to cut. I am going to haul it away to the dump. I had to pump myself up to lift all that concrete up! This was not the fun part. DIY can be related to life. We all have to go through non-fun things to get to the good parts in life. You got this! 

Step 4

I cut concrete for the first time! I cut it with the skill saw with a diamond blade. I just did it little bits at a time. It took a while but it was worth it. 

Step 5

This step is going to be different for everyone depending on where you need posts and how big you want your trellis and gate. However, I put in four 4X4 posts, two for the gate and two about 2 feet behind them for the trellis. I dug the holes for them and then mixed the concrete directly in the hole with the post. Make sure you level all sides of the post so it is straight. I used Douglas fur wood. I will be weather-proofing it all once it is built. 

Step 6

The older corner post was not the strongest, however, once I attach it to the sturdy post it will be just fine. I cut three 2X4s to fit in between the old post and the new gate post. One for the bottom, one for the middle and one for the top.  Make sure you use a level to make the 2X4s straight. The posts were off centered, so I used brackets to attach the 2X4 to the older post and then I cut the 2X4 end at an angle so I could screw the 2X4 right into the new post. 

Step 7

I then added dog ear panels to the front of those 2X4s. I just screwed them in using a drill. I am going to add new panels to the whole fence, however, one step at a time. 

Step 8

I put dirt down to level the ground off a little bit. I then put sand on top to really level it off. 

Step 9

I got some paver stones at Lowe’s and level them off in the sand. It started to come together and my little boy wanted to help. I love when they help! 

Step 10

There are many different ways and designs to make a trellis. I measured from post to post and decided to cut a 2X4 to the length I needed. I then cut a decorative trim (just two small cuts) on the ends. I then put it up to the two front posts. It’s always easier to screw in your screws a little bit before you are up on the ladder trying to do it one handed.  I repeated this on both sides of the post and then repeated this on the back posts (two for the front posts and two for the back).

Step 11

I then measured from the back of the trellis to the front and added some inches to both sides. I cut 2X4s to that length and added a decorative cut to the ends. I added 6 pieces to the stop, laying them down. I had to saw the top of some of the posts as well, just to make them even. 

Step 12

To make the gate, I measured the length, minus some for the hardware. I just took three 2X4s at that length, laid them down equally apart to a height I needed and then drilled dog ear panels to the front of them. I then decided to cut the gate into an arch. I used a jigsaw to do this. I then used Everbilt Black Decorative Gate Hinge and Latch Set for the hardware. 

Step 13

We had a little area that we needed to put some fence up from the outside of our house to the gate post. It wasn’t long enough where we needed another post, so we just cut three 2X4s to the length we needed to touch our house. Then I added dog ear fence panels to the front of them.  We had to cut the 2X4s at an angle so they would screw into the post straight. We used concrete anchors to drill the 2X4s into the side of the house. 

Step 14

The last step is to stain and/or weatherproof you fence! I used BEHR premium clear transparent weatherproofing exterior wood finish. I am so happy with how it turned out. I know you guys can do this! 


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