Odd, noisy and curious neighbors might provide interesting material for water cooler talk, but having a yard with privacy is far more preferable. We love to brainstorm attractive and stylish ways to solve our residential problems. By making a few changes to your yard, you can reclaim the privacy of your plot while increasing the beauty of your property.
Plant a Solution
Let nature help you out with your sight and sound barrier by planting hedges. If you don’t have a green thumb or can’t wait for plants to grow to fill in the space, try these faux hedges, which will always look uniform and provide complete coverage. If authentic plants are more of your style, plant a tall tree hedge like American Aborvitae or a fast-growing shrub like Northern Privet, which are both sure to block your view of the neighbor’s yard—and more importantly, their view of yours!
Put Up Fancy Fences
Fences don’t have to be drab and dull. These suggestions will make neighbors think you’re just being creative, not trying to keep their noise and wandering eyes out.
- Build roughly 3-4 feet of a pretty stone-wall and top it with a short wooden fence.
- Construct a regular, plain fence and paint every board a slight variation of color on a monochromatic scale. You can even try patterns or a full design with the help of a muralist.
- For ultimate privacy, build a trellis with climbing plants that connects to a fence.
Make Some (Pleasant) Noise
These noise-creation solutions are a bit more sophisticated than the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality. Adding elements that produce pleasing sounds can drown out the noise stemming from neighbors or traffic. Try some large wind chimes that make low, deep tones. These are much more soothing and unobjectionable than small jingly one and can help bring some serenity into your yard. If you’re looking for a more ambitious sound solution, install a calming water feature near your porch that will create enjoyable and soothing sounds.
Enjoy Your Privacy
After implementing some of these ideas, you’ll be ready to sit back and relax in your newly secluded yard. It’s amazing what a few adjustments can do to transform your home into a private oasis. With your newfound privacy, you won’t have to worry about taking your dog outside in your pajamas or listening to your neighbor’s next party.
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