Top ideas to increase your yard’s privacyJune 12, 2015
Ensuring privacy is an important part of creating an enjoyable outdoor ambiance among your luxury home. With homes getting closer & closer together, and as the demand for outdoor living areas is growing persistently among luxury home owners, privacy will be at a premium. Also it’s not just about intrusive eyes invading your space; you may want to protect your own view of the surroundings.
Here are some handy ideas to increase privacy in your yard and make your outdoor entertaining spaces more pleasurable for you, your family and your guests.
1. Natural Strategic Privacy Plantation
Plantings close to outer or inner borders of your luxury home can provide year-round screening and are typically not restricted by municipal ordinances limiting their height. Where space is tight, fast-growing columnar evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae or a sheared privet hedge can provide a simple solution for separating adjoining yards or blocking sight lines out a kitchen window.
2. Garden Up & Layered Plantation
Think trees, shrubs, bushes, vines & hanging plants. Give your favorite plants better view-blocking power by growing them in raised beds. In bigger yards, planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials creates a more aesthetically pleasing look, especially if you layer plants, grouping them in odd numbers. “Stagger evergreens in the background and in the foreground step down the height with deciduous material to provide texture, depth, and color,”
Planting shady trees that usually grow from 25 to 60 feet high, depending on the species—is a nice way to obscure a neighbor’s view from a second-story window, balcony or terrace. Placed over a deck or patio, the canopy provides privacy and shade in the summer. In the winter, the trees’ bare branches allow the sunshine to enter into house.
3. Container Gardens for Deck Privacy
Potted small plants such as arborvitae or clumping bamboo can be positioned to create a green screen around a raised deck seating area. Ideally, pots should be raised up on casters or made of lightweight materials so you can easily move them to re-arrange for parties or deck repairs.
4. Fences & Walls
Newly constructed homes or newly installed pools and patios may require a more immediate approach to privacy buffer. A 6-foot solid board fence is the quickest way to add year-round screening, just be sure to check local building codes regarding fence heights (and any other restrictions). It may also be the best solution in a side yard, where space is tight, since fences have a smaller footprint than plantings.
5. Masonry Walls with Ornamental Ironwork
A masonry wall of stone or stucco that is about 5 or 6 feet high feels less oppressive when windows are cut into it; often, ornamental & creative work can decorate such openings to give your yard some Mediterranean appeal.
6. Patios and Pergolas
Defined areas like small patios, outdoor kitchens, and decks are generally easier to screen than a whole yard. By building an enclosure around them, you can re-create the intimate feeling of eating or entertaining indoors, while still enjoying beautiful weather.
7. Patio Curtains & Shades
Covered patios or porches will instantly become a more private setting when you install flowing curtains or rolling shades. Patio curtains made from lightweight fabrics allow natural light in while limiting the views of your outdoor living space.
8. Using Fountains to Mask Unwanted Noise
All of us can be bothered by intrusive traffic noise, neighbor’s music selection or buzzing AC compressors. In such cases, adding a fountain to your privacy plan can mask unwanted sounds with every-pleasing & soothing sound of flowing water. These days’ fountains range from off-the-shelf, plug-in units that sit on a table or hang on the wall to custom designs that are a main focal point.
9. Lattice Screens & Wood Panels
Screens made from lattice, Bamboo or louvered wood panels with anchoring posts can be set into the ground to enclose a cozy corner or make a U-shaped structure that preserves desirable views. For maximum flexibility, consider placing the post ends in lightweight planters with wheels; that way, they can be moved around to create more open space when required.
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