Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Creating privacy for outdoor spaces

Having a single-detached house provides endless options for outdoor areas such as an impressive garden in front of your home, a pool, playground or gazebo in your backyard, or even a pond or water feature as a focal point. These outdoor features can be a luxurious addition to your home life, however, privacy is key to enjoying this space.

Here are some inspiring ideas...

Create a layer of tall trees and plants along the outer edges of your garden - these will serve as a barrier to your wonderful garden or backyard.

Tall fence

Adding height with tall fences along the perimeter of your lot will provide the best defense against prying neighbors and the discomfort of too-open outdoor areas. Fences don’t necessarily have to come in drab concrete walls that block out air passage and sunshine. Pick out something charming with lattice screens filled with climbing plants or a bamboo fence that provides a subtle organic backdrop to a great garden. If you’re concerned about security, you may also opt for concrete walls adorned with edges and cap pieces. These features offer interesting accents as well as privacy and security. 

Layered plants

Create a layer of tall trees and plants along the outer edges of your garden by positioning tall trees on lot corners and outer edges, then working your way gradually to the center of your property with smaller plants. This will create a smooth and seamless transition.

Overhead

If your neighbor’s property has a high vantage point, consider installing some overhead cover. A charming trellis, an umbrella or a canopy installed over an outdoor seating area can provide privacy as well as shade from the sun. For a more organic approach, choose lush trees and plants that form a graceful arch over your seating area.


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