Broken fence became wall for charming outdoor room
by Connie Oswald Stofko
A wooden fence used to separate this backyard from a parking lot. Unfortunately, plows clearing the lot shoved snow against the fence, and the snow won.
Matt and Tashia Tribo of Kenmore replaced the collapsed fence with a cinder block wall and coated it with a veneer of stucco. The wall, which is as beautiful as it is functional, is part of a charming outdoor room.
The Tribos’ garage and their neighbors’ garage act as the side walls of the room. An arbor covered in grape vines provides the ceiling. A short, lattice fence with a gate creates the final wall and doorway.
Even though it’s a small area, it’s filled with tall plants. Instead of being overwhelming, the height of the plants adds to the cozy feeling. The area even has a small pond with fish!
The Tribos make wine from the Niagara grapes grown on the arbor. It takes 60 to 70 pounds of grapes to make 4 or 5 gallons of wine.