I'm looking to replace a fence section that was taken down by some contractors a few years back. They said they had to take it down because that was the only approach to my back yard that was wide enough to run equipment through. There's only about 6 feet of clearance there between my house and a big blackjack oak tree, but that's way better than the other side. When I do this, I need to make sure to put a gate at least that wide in, so hopefully it won't have to get taken down again.
I'm thinking of doing it myself since its only about 8-10ish feet total. I figure with Postmaster steel posts, since its constantly shady and moist over there between my house and the large Blackjack Oak, so it seems like wood posts might not last too long.
Here's what I was able to whip up as a rough drawing (thanks to Virtual-Graph-Paper.com). Each major graph block is about 1' x 1'.
I want to run from my neighbor's fence to the side of my house, but there's some layout issues. If I run straight across from where his fence starts, that would run to my back deck, not the side of my house. So I'm either going to need to run this at an angle to hit the back of my house (I made a rough measurement of 19 degrees), or jog around the tree on my side of the property line. Doing that at right angles would obviously require buying extra fence posts, creating 2 small fence bits with a run of 1-2 feet. Also, both of those posts would have to get sunk near said Oak tree, which of course is liable to have roots in the way.
My wife (sharper than I) suggested I just run the fence (and gate) at the angle to our house, straight to the existing fencepost. I'm wondering if that's a reasonable thing to do. It seems far and away the simplest (and cheapest!), but I can't remember ever seeing anyone with an angled fence line to their house for their back yard. I'm worried there may be a good reason for that I don't know about.
So I guess the basic question here is: Is there a problem having the facing fenceline to the back yard at an angle. I should add that as a design goal, I'd also like to maximize possible clearance width in my gate, so the fence won't have to be taken down again.