As the average lot size gets smaller, cities get more crowded, and neighbors get closer, it’s common for homeowners to crave the old days of more privacy. The good news is that there are many ways you can create more privacy in your yard. Check out this article by This Old House called 10 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard or read on for our four favorite ideas.
1. Plant your way to privacy
Bushes, shrubs, and other greenery planted around your property line offer year-round screening and are generally not restricted by municipal ordinances – at least in ways that would limit their height. If you’re short on space, consider evergreens that grow quickly or a privet hedge. Both will work to separate your yard from your neighbor’s and will block sightlines out the window.
2. Don’t discount the obvious solutions: fences and walls
Of course, the easiest way to create a year-round screening is by adding a fence. Before you move forward, check your local building codes. They might have restrictions on height and other factors. Fences are especially useful in small side yards where space is tight. If you’re concerned about the look of a fence, consider adding an open lattice to the top to soften the lines.
3. Interior curtains
As you think of ways to increase the privacy in your yard don’t forget to go inside and look out. In some cases simply blocking out the world helps you feel more private. Consider Roman shades that can be adjusted to let in light or closed up tight for privacy. Blackout curtains are also a great choice if you live in an area with lots of light pollution.
4. Mask noise with fountains
It’s common for homeowners to hyper-focus on preventing people from seeing in – or working to ensure they can’t see out – but don’t forget about sound. A bubbling fountain can mask sound so your neighbors can’t hear you and you’re not aware of every sound that goes on in the neighborhood. Fountains serve double duty too: they create a gorgeous design focal point.
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