The city has cleared the backyard for digging. I am going to put in two fence posts each for the fig and pear tree espaliers, as well as sink two metal posts down about two feet into the ground, just off the back patio. The latter will be used to support a shade cloth I've ordered, which will float over the backyard kitchen.
I've been reading up on how to espalier a tree. Rather drastic cuts are made at the beginning, with very long waits in between. It will take about 3-4 years to get the basic framework. For the pear tree, which will be in a tiered "cordon" shape, the first cut is on the main leader, about 18" above the graft. Then you train two lateral branches and one vertical branch. When the vertical branch reaches a height about 1.5' above the first cut, you cut above a bud again. When the tree puts out new shoots, you select two lateral branches and one vertical branch, prune everything else away, and start a new tier. Continue until you have 3-4 tiers, ~1.5' apart.
I need to do some more research on how to train the fig, which I want to have a palmetto, or fan shape.