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Privacy Without Hostility

Arguably the most important part of your yard is the ability to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it’s hard to appreciate your outside spaces if you constantly feel like you’re being watched. Your neighbors don’t even have to be particularly nosy; if your yard is wide open, they won’t be able to help it. If you want to create some privacy but you don’t want to seem hostile to your neighbors, here are some creative ideas for screening your outdoor spaces. 

Gates

If you already have a fence or have no choice but to install one, think about including a gate I’m your design. Gates create a focal point as well as an opening you invite guests through. Before you settle on a plain latch gate that matches the rest of the fence, consider Corten steel gates and other attractive yet functional options. 

Fencing Alternatives

The other alternative is to ditch the fence entirely in favor of a fencing alternative. This might be a screen of bamboo or decorative grasses. Plantings can completely replace fences or hide existing ones. If your yard is on an uphill slope, you can also create a barrier by putting in a terrace or a ha-ha. From the other side, all you can see is a stone retaining wall, but from your yard, it’s like there’s no wall at all.

Positioning

Careful positioning can make privacy without the need for walls. Choosing a townhouse that’s offset from the townhouses on either side, for example, can shelter your yard from prying eyes. Look at lines of sight when you’re setting up your spaces. You might find that you have more privacy than you realize. 

Once you’ve built yourself a quiet little haven of peace and seclusion, you can properly enjoy it, without having to worry about prying eyes or annoying and excluding your neighbors.