Enjoying lunch in the backyard or swimming in the pool is never quite as enjoyable if you spot your neighbour peeking through the fence.
If you live in a city centre, there is a good chance your home will be right next to someone else’s. This is especially true for those of us who live in units and apartments. With the warmer spring weather here, many of us will want to sit in our backyard and feel as though we have your own private retreat without the threat of prying eyes.
Fortunately there are certain things you can do to add privacy to your home if you find it a concern.
A simple starting solution is to plant shrubs around the edge of your yard. Property-line plantings around the perimeter of your yard are a great idea if you’re short of space. Evergreen shrubs such as Lilly Pillies are an ideal barrier, grow quickly and can also help reduce noise levels. A simple hedge can also help and can be staggered with trees rather than creating a single border.
You can also:
- Build a fence – it sounds obvious but fences offer a sense of enclosure and safety, making them a perfect option if you have children. Remember that aluminium fencing is a poor sound insulator whereas timber is a lot more effective
- Add privacy screens: these are easy to assemble, easy to add anywhere and are ideal for high density residential areas
- Purchase window treatments: adding spray on frosting to windows is useful if your bedroom or living room looks straight into a neighbours
- Purchase shade sails: they provide a more instant solution if you don’t have time to wait for plants to grow
- Use bamboo: bamboo grows extremely quickly and is very robust. Just be careful it doesn’t grow out of control
- Use fountains and water features to mask noise, create a tranquil vibe and stop your conversations from being overheard!