Outdoor living spaces offer the perfect environment for parties and social gatherings. And with the fall season right around the corner, more and more homeowners will be going outdoors to enjoy the mild weather. Unfortunately, though, not all outdoor living spaces are private. There are ways to create a more private outdoor area, some of which we’re going to discuss.
The most common privacy solution for outdoor living spaces is a fence. By constructing a fence around your outdoor living space, you’ll create a more private area. Some of the different materials from which privacy fences are made include wood, vinyl and brick. Choose a fence that’s large enough to conceal your outdoor living space, and preferably a material that flows with the rest of your home’s outdoor decor.
Also, remember to check with your homeowner’s association before building a privacy fence. If it’s against the rules, the association may ask you to remove it — or worse, they could fine you.
If building a fence sounds like too much work, perhaps you should use a privacy enclosure. Privacy enclosures offer the same privacy benefits as a fence, but they typically cost less and are easier to install than their counterpart.
While there are dozens of different types of privacy enclosures, most are temporary structures that are placed around a specific area. Not only are they cheaper than building a fence, but you can also take them with you if and when you decide to move.
Of course, another idea is to grow large shrubs or trees for privacy. Some homeowners prefer this option because it’s more natural looking. However, it also requires more maintenance, as you’ll have to prune away overgrown foliage and branches. If you’re willing to invest the time and work into maintaining it, privacy shrubs is a great choice for outdoor living spaces.
With an average growth height of 40 to 60″, the American Arborvitae is a great tree hedge for privacy. The evergreen shrub Nigra Arborvitae is another great choice, although it grows a bit shorter with average height of 30″. If you need help choosing privacy shrubs for your outdoor living space, visit a local plant nursery and ask for recommendations. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
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