Making Outdoor Spaces Private

There was a time when you could kick back in glorious solitude right in your own backyard. Then the family next door cleared some trees on their lot. And on the other side, the neighbors’ new master suite includes a second-story deck with nice views—into your yard. Suddenly, you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl.

As larger houses occupy ever-smaller lots and the demand for outdoor living areas grows, privacy is at a premium. And it’s not just about prying eyes invading your space, you may want to shield your own view of your sunbathing neighbors and block out their chatter.

Property-line plantings can provide year-round screening and are typically not restricted by municipal ordinances limiting their height. Where space is tight, as in a side yard, fast-growing columnar evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae or a sheared privet hedge can provide a simple solution for separating adjoining yards or blocking sight lines out a kitchen window.

In larger yards, planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials creates a more naturalistic look, especially if you layer plants, grouping them in odd numbers.

 

Potted plants such as arborvitae or clumping bamboo can be positioned to create a green screen around a raised deck seating area. Ideally, pots should be raised up on casters or made of lightweight materials so you can easily move them for parties or deck repairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly installed pools, patios, and playgrounds may require a visual buffer in a hurry. A 6-foot solid board fence is the quickest way to add year-round screening—just be sure to check local building codes regarding fence heights (at Boundary Fence we make sure to give you the info on any other restrictions and get the permits required for fencing your property). It may also be the best solution in a side yard, where space is tight, since fences have a smaller footprint than plantings.

Board fences come in various styles to complement the architecture of your home, and you can stain them to match the house.

Cedar Fence

 

Article Source: This Old House

PRIVACY DECORATIVE SLATS

These are also known as chain link fence slats. When you need increased privacy, privacy slats are the answer. They come in various colors and heights and are a low maintenance, vinyl material for chain link fence. They provide an economical and attractive way to enhance any chain link fence.

Screening

These fabrics are available in plain edge in rolls of 150 feet or they can be customized to fit your specific size requirements. Screening is available in various colors and density. Below are some of the uses of these fabrics:

  • Privacy screenPrivacy Slats with Chain Link Fence
  • Sun and heat control
  • Wind shields on tennis courts
  • Baseball windscreen
  • Green houses

Characteristics:

  • UV resistant polypropylene
  • 30 – 95% shade factorPrivacy Slats in Chain Link Fence
  • Water and air permeable
  • Mildew and abrasion resistant
  • Helps protect from wind and birds

 

 

 

 

Boundary Fence and Supply Company

We know the best materials for fencing and are experts in our field. Established in 1973, Boundary Fence & Supply Company is still owned and operated by Darrell and Kathi Unruh. With over 41 years of experience in Denver and the surrounding areas, our customers can depend on quality. We have set the standard in residential, commercial, and industrial fencing. Because we are family owned and operated, we take pride in the quality of our products and in the service we provide our customers. Our company is licensed and insured. In addition, all city permits are obtained, when necessary, by our company. Boundary Fence also takes care of all public utility locates. This saves you precious time and you can focus on what’s important to you and trust us to do the work right.

Your business is important to us! Let our expert, professional sales staff provide you with a free fence estimate. Please feel free to contact us, so we can assist you regarding all your fencing needs!