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Salvaged board fence
Andrea Gomez Romero

Before: Salvaged planks, After: Fence

Boards salvaged from an old horse corral and railroad station become a warm Los Angeles fence. After sinking posts into concrete footings, both sets of boards were screwed to posts and finished with a sealer. Using old wood is not only Earth-friendly, but it adds personality to a garden of designer Eric Gomez (


Cost: Free--salvaged (with permission) from old horse corral and a railroad station


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