I would like to put an 18" lattice extension onto an existing 4' fence (see awesome photoshopping skillz below), needing approx 15 copies, each being 8' spans. Questions I have are:
- Best (strength and aesthetics) way to connect onto existing posts?
I am aware my question is related this question except that I'm not looking to repair existing lattice, nor am I attaching lattice to a gate or something that will be moved. My posts are 4x4s concreted into the ground, so neither would I want to try to rebuild the whole fence.
My fence is built with Strongties FB24 connecting 8 ft 2x4s to the 4x4 posts. A 2x4 is also used as a trim piece. See pictures below. Ideally, I would not want to modify any of this stuff.
- Best (cheapest and/or fastest) way to source the lattice. I'm looking for a completely closed weave, which doesnt leave many off-the-shelf options.
I see a lot of pre-made lattice like this that are even pre-framed. However, I would like to have a completely closed weave (like this). I am considering the suggested solution of using a shade sail backing fabric from this question, but would prefer the three-layer closed-weave wood solution if it is not cost/time prohibitive.
Does anyone have experience taking a pre-framed lattice panel and modifying it?
- Choice of wood (species/treated) and finishes to match the existing weathered fence.
Should I make everything (lattice strips and frame) of treated lumber? Any concerns with potentially thickness planing treated lumber? It doesnt sound super healthy...