New gate adds beauty, security to California home

New gate adds beauty, security to California home

The gate to Pam Long’s Morro Bay, Calif., home had long done its job well, but age had taken its toll.

The gate, which had been in place for more than 50 years, had a broken hinge and would not close all the way.

“A little over a year ago, just before going on holiday, the main water line into the house caved in, and the company we hired to replace it needed to lock their tools in the yard at night,” Long says. “So they put a chain and lock on the gate, making it impossible for our neighbor to have access to feed our cats and water the garden.” The neighbors wound up climbing over the fence to get in. “It was then we knew the gate needed to be replaced.”

What Long and her family wanted, after having the same gate for so long, was something new and different that also met their list of requirements. What they needed was a gate that would lock securely, be easy to open, be self-closing, add curb appeal and would allow the breeze to flow through in the summertime because their home does not have air conditioning.

Long and her family hired a contractor with experience both designing and installing gates. The family sat down together with the contractor, and looked through images of gates he’d designed and installed, noting the features they liked or disliked. From there, the contractor sketched an image of a gate that was custom-built.

Long notes that the differences in the new gate have taken some getting used to. It's not as thick as the old gate, making it easier to move items such as a recycling bin or wheelbarrow through the opening. And while they have lost some privacy with this gate, Long notes that “it is slowly becoming a non-issue with us.”

Long says that she and her family are pleased with the new gate, and “we have gotten very positive feedback from many of our neighbors and from friends.”

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