PRIVACY DRIVEWAY GATES #6

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PRIVACY DRIVEWAY GATE #6

Marin County, CA

Several gates were created for the new home of novelist Isabelle Allende, including the original privacy driveway gate #6 on the right.

site photograph showing wooden entry gates #6 in Marin County, california

PRIVACY DRIVEWAY GATE #6

Marin County, CAThe design objective was to provide privacy from Isabel’s adoring readership while in turn linking the aesthetics of the wooden entry gates to the Spanish colonial architecture of the house.

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site photograph sowing the wooden entry gates #6 in San Rafael, California

PRIVACY DRIVEWAY GATE #6

Marin County, CAMost civic codes require that driveway security gates swing in toward the property, away from obstructing the sidewalk while also allowing the arriving homeowner to pull into their drive while waiting for the gates to fully open instead of stalling the flow of traffic. It is also why most civic codes require the gates be at least 12′ in from the sidewalk easement.

The overall opening requirements differ from county to county. Often, if the driveway gates are more than 300 feet from the residence, the opening must be a minimum 14-16′ between columns, which is wide enough to allow a fire truck to enter. If the gates are less than 300 feet from the residence, the gates can be less than 13′, as the fire truck hoses can reach the house from the truck parked at the gates.

All civic codes require automated gates have a universal access code for the fire department to gain entry.

site photo0graph showing the driveway gates #6 in marin county, california
**Note: The false hinge-fronts shown on the above Gate #6 are no longer available.

WOODEN FRONT GATES #6-3

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, being San Francisco, requires dealing with sloping grades.
The pedestrian garden gate slopes down only 1″ over the 44″ opening. So we leave that alone.
The wooden entry gates, however, drop 7″ over 9-1/2-ft. To much to ignore.

site photograph showing the driveway security gates #6-3 in San Francisco. Prowell

WOODEN FRONT GATES #6-3

San Francisco, CA

For perspective, register the bottom of the photo frame against the bottom of the gate.
To build such a wood driveway gate, the woodworker must create the radius, taking the center-point vector of that and measuring over to the center of the two gates to ascertain the off-set. The top arching rail is then laid out to that skewed radius.

The bottom rail of the driveway gates are cut to an angle where it joins to the two vertical stiles. That angle is determined by the trigonometric Tan-A formula. The angle is crucial; if the cut is made 1/2-degree off, the bottom rail is off by as much as an inch from being parallel with the slope of the grade.
For more on Sloping Grades

site photo showing the driveway security gates #6-3 in san francisco.

WOODEN FRONT GATES #6-3

San Francisco, CA

The finish stain was applied on site.

Cropped site photograph showing the wood stain on the driveway gates #6-3

PRIVACY DRIVEWAY GATE #6-4

Los Altos, CA

In-Ground automated privacy driveway gate #6-4 in the hills above Mill Valley, California. Embedded steel frames.

site photo of wooden entry gates #6-4 in Marin County, california

Mill Valley, California

Alook at the residence, built like so many of the homes in Marin County, on a steep grade allowing just enough room for a terraced lap pool.

site photo showing the residence and surrounding landscape

DRIVEWAY SECURITY GATES #6-2

Los Altos, CA

A pair of automated driveway security gates #6-4 in Silicone Valley, California, accompanied by the pedestrian gate style #29.

site photograph showing the driveway security gates #6-2 in California

DRIVEWAY SECURITY GATES #6-2

Los Altos, CA

Showing the property side of the driveway security gates, with their grade-mounted motors and the exposed surface-mounted steel frame.

site photograph showing the wooden entry gates #6-2 in the san francisco bay area

DRIVEWAY SECURITY GATES #6-2

Los Altos, CA

There is not a lot of detail to the privacy driveway gates #6, nor its favorite partner, the Pedestrian Gate #29. And yet they are two of our more popular products. Partly the privacy offered and partly the link to Spanish Colonial architecture, which is so prominent in California. Our east coast patrons are not nearly so keen on these designs.

Note: The below finish was provided by a third party, involving a sealer top coat that will last only so long–perhaps two years–before requiring maintenance. If not maintained, it will crack and peel and require sanding. Avoid using any finishes that are layered seals. This includes any finish with sheens, such as marine spar varnishes and exterior urethanes. The cedar wants to breath without the restrictions of a sealant finish.

The cedar, moreover, has no real use for any finish whatsoever, beyond your own aesthetic preferences. This is true only if the product is properly designed to consider expansion and contraction for decades; proper self-drainage; proper joinery to provide structural integrity for decades; and the proper species and grade of species and the age of its harvest.

See more at Pre-Finish Options

close-up photo showing the entry gate #6-2 in san francisco, california

WOODEN FRONT GATES #6-1

Los Gatos, CA

Wooden front gates #6-1 set between a pair of unusual columns, clad in a copper relief. Here we have a 16′ overall width between columns, with the steel frame embedded, or invisible to the eye. The finish was managed by the homeowners and we’re told it is Olympic Maximum Semi-Transparent Stain, Espresso. The Columns, as an interesting aside, are hammered copper & brass that clads a block platform wrapping 6×6 steel post cores.

site photograph showing the wooden entry gates #6-3 in Los Gatos, California

WOODEN FRONT GATES #6-1

Los Gatos, CA

Both sides of the wooden entry gates #6-1 are identical, with the invisible steel frame embedded into the wood frame. Showing a rare wintry scene in the hills overlooking the Silicone Valley south of San Francisco. .

site photograph showing the privacy driveway gate #6-1 in san francisco bay area

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#6-2—- 1039-Nemeth
#6-1—0615-Coleman
#6-3–2005-Kirby