Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space for Privacy and Solitude



Your backyard is your own personal oasis in the middle of the city. It’s where you go to relax and enjoy the fresh air. You might just want to take a nap, read a book, or just enjoy a nice drink outside where it’s quiet. However, your backyard might not be as private as it once was. Your new neighbors decided to do some upgrades on their home, and now they have an incredible second-story balcony that offers fantastic views of everything, including your backyard. Or, your backyard was just never that private to begin with.

While you like your neighbors, when you’re relaxing in your backyard you don’t want to see them. There’s something to be said about having enough privacy, and a little bit of solitude can go a long way. Fortunately, adding privacy to your backyard doesn’t have to be a challenge, and it doesn’t have to disrupt the aesthetic of your outdoor paradise either.

Creating Solitude

When it comes to privacy, you have options. You may add to the greenery of your backyard and use plants, vines, or even trees to add some privacy. You may also get creative with fences, and even curtains can serve well, doing double duty as kinetic wind sculptures.

· A Fence with Character. When you build a fence, it doesn’t have to be a bold statement that screams “I want privacy.” Instead, it may be another beautiful addition to your backyard, while adding that much needed privacy at the same time. Use reclaimed wood for extra character. You may use a creative paint scheme to make your fence stand out as an extra feature. You may even use a fence in combination with trees or other plants to blend the fence into the scenery.

· A Green Hedge Line. Where fences can be limited in height, you might want to look at another feature that adds privacy and more green to your backyard. You have a lot of options when it comes to planting for privacy. You may use fast-growing evergreens or even hedges to create a beautiful addition to your backyard, while also giving you that much desired privacy.

· Layering Plants. While evergreens and hedges can be great when space is tight, they can leave a large yard looking a little too open. Layer plants in a larger yard. This can make your yard appear fuller, add to privacy, and make a very natural oasis that you’ll be able to enjoy.

· Planters on Deck. When you have a deck with a seating area, you can add a layer of privacy by using planters around the seating area. Use a mixture of plants and flowers to create texture and privacy. The plants should sit around the level of your face when sitting. While this doesn’t create privacy for your entire yard, it does create privacy where you’ll be sitting.

· Stone Wall. If you don’t want to have a full fence, or you just don’t like the idea of blocking off that much of your sight lines, you can use a shorter stone wall. These walls are typically around three or four feet tall, and then topped with a lattice or picket fence. You’ll have plenty of privacy behind the wall, but it won’t completely block out the rest of the world. Your yard will still appear open, but you’ll have enough privacy.

· Pergolas and Panels. You might not want or need privacy in all of your backyard. Perhaps you just have a patio or a deck. Pergolas are perfect here, especially if you’re trying to block people in nearby high rises from being able to look down into your patio. Panels will add privacy on the sides. Add some green by letting vines grow on the panels and the pergola, and you’ll have a beautifully secluded space all your own.

· Using a Fountain. Sometimes, the privacy that you seek isn’t visual. You want to block the noises from the rest of the world from reaching your backyard. Water features, like fountains, can be used to great effect to block outside noise. You don’t have to custom build your own fountain. There are plenty of great off the shelf options that you just plug in. The noise from the flowing water will be calming and relaxing, and it will also help block out that unwanted noise from the street, or your neighbor’s conversations.


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