Making Home Improvements: 6 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/24/16 1:17 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Living in an urban or suburban area sometimes means compromising on a few of your home’s factors. Privacy is one of them. Even if your immaculately landscaped yard is something worth showing off, feeling like you’re on display can be a damper on outdoor living. Here are several ways to make your backyard more secluded.


Hedge It


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The classic privacy hedge offers more than just seclusion. It offers your home protection from wind and creates a sound barrier. You’ll need to make some decisions based on the height, sound-protection and landscaping elements you desire. The Arbor Day Foundation offers a great step-by-step on choosing, planting and caring for your privacy hedge.

Fence Yourself In


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Once of the most standard options is to consider a fence. Fence types that boast the highest privacy are vinyl, wood and PVC. According to Angie’s List, a new fence costs between $2,600 and $8,000, depending on lot size, yard slope and fencing material.

If you are part of a homeowner’s association, check with the HOA to make sure your fence meets the covenants on height and type.

Layer Your Landscape


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Layering and staggering an assortment of trees (both deciduous and evergreens), shrubs and perennials can help you achieve a privacy screen year-round. Though deciduous trees will lose their leaves come fall, evergreens will pick up their slack and provide partial coverage.

Establish a Vertical Garden


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This DIY vertical garden project from AKA Design is the perfect solution for small outdoor spaces. Add your favorite annuals, herbs, etc. and you have a decorative privacy screen. 

Put Up a Pergola


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Pergolas are a great option for homeowners who want a little extra privacy without obstructing the view of their backyard. Adorn with bistro lights, fabric draping or even climbing plants, like wisteria, to customize your outdoor “room”.

Screen With Containers


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Grab some large plant containers and line your exposed patio. A wide variety of trees, shrubs and grasses grow to the height of a man-made privacy screen and are able to sustain in containers. Types include:

  • Junipers
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Bamboo
  • Horsetail grass
  • Reed grass

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