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A 6x9 ft lattice grill screen serves as a backdrop to the grill and creates a comfortable, room-like feeling. Combine with 4x4-foot posts to serve as an outdoor wall, define patio space and help hide plastic storage bins.
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Unlike most freestanding projects, a built-in landscape structure such as this lattice privacy screen involves more than just using the right tools and techniques. For starters, it must comply with local building codes or ordinances, including any restrictions on the height of fences. In many municipalities, fence height limits vary according to the fence's location. Front and side-yard fences typically must be a lower overall height (3 to 4 feet) than backyard fences, which might range from 5 to 8 feet tall. Check with your local building officials to see what the guidelines are and if a building permit is necessary for your project.
Also, you need to have a utility locator mark any underground pipes, cables, or electrical wires before you dig holes for concrete footings. This service is typically free and can be arranged by calling your local utility providers. This isn't just good sense, it's almost always a legal requirement. If you don't take this precaution, you may be liable for legal penalties or fines in addition to any damage you do during construction.