When searching for a home, we knew we wanted a home that had potential to add a lot of outdoor living space. The main selling factor of this home was the extremely massive backyard. While we are still making it our own, one thing has become very important to us. Privacy.
Now, I showed some of our backyard ideas to my followers on Instagram the other day. We live on a property that is elevated above our next door neighbor’s, their next door neighbor’s, and ultimately a very public area after them. Literally, anyone can see us in our backyard from a busy street nearby and we can see them.
When discussing privacy it’s important to note that we aren’t only seeking to block visual invasion but also provide some sound barrier–allowing to hear less of the busy public area nearby–and of course block noisy traffic.
I took a poll on Instagram to see if this was a subject that interested anyone else and literally 100% of you voted, YES, and a lot of you voted! I think in a world where everything seems public (hello, social media) we all value privacy on a higher basis. Now, that’s not to say that we don’t personally value having relationships with others. It’s that we want to LIVE in our backyard–making it a place that’s safe for our child, a place to make family memories, and place to escape the stresses of the outside world.
I have been researching for several months and have found a lot of privacy ideas for those on a budget. These are just a few ideas beyond expensive fencing that anyone can implement. You can find more via my Pinterest. Here are my top personal considerations:
Slat Fencing. This is a great way to build a fence without the traditional cost of fencing. Build it as short or as high as you deem neccessary and use to block unwanted sight and sound. Be sure to use treated, outdoor safe wood.
Lattice Sections. This is a great option to add some privacy without completely blocking out views of the neighborhood. Strategically placed they can offer needed privacy such as near a backyard dinning or living area. I personally recommend using a vinyl lattice–as it is typically sturdier than wood.
Privacy Screen Planters. This is a great way to add function–a garden area with the added bonus of privacy. Plant flowers or veggies. You could even plant a climbing plant for added privacy, ivy is a great option.
Trees and Shrubs. Depending on how patient you are, this is a great option for adding natural privacy. However, it is not an instant solution. Trees and shrubs take time to grow. The bigger the tree or shrub from a nursery, the more expensive they become. Seedlings, can be very inexpensive but will take several years to become substantial.
Trees and shrubs do add a lot of benefits for the environment, help with erosion control on slopes and banks, and provide shelter from weather. Research to see what grows best in your area. Choose fast growing varieties if you want faster results. Be aware of power lines, foundations, roof lines, and other structures.
These are just a few of the ideas we are considering implementing in our own backyard. I hope if you’re in the same boat these ideas have helped to inspire you. All are easy to implement and customize, no matter your budget. For more outdoor privacy inspiration check out my Pinterest and be sure to follow along on Instagram to see what we choose! I hope this inspires you to make today, BEAUTIFUL!