Your yard is your space. It's always nice to have a secluded feel when
you want to enjoy your space without everyone else peering on. When your
back yard overlooks your neighbor's hot tub or when your outside gatherings
are often interrupted with constant traffic noise, it may be time to find
some strategies to create a more intimate space. Here are some ways that
we came up with.
1. Install Lattice
For a quick solution, try a lattice screen. They are pretty easy to install
and quite versatile. You can use it as a back drop, semi-private wall
for your patio, or underpinning for a deck. With so many weaves and patterns,
lattice can look great with a variety exteriors like siding, brick or stone.
2. Plant Evergreen Hedges
To help as a wind breaker and to screen out the noise and glare of traffic,
try planting a living fence like dense evergreens. If you don't want
the upkeep of consistent clipping, try using closely-planted shrubs to
create a screen for your lawn privacy.
3. Put up a Fence.
There are many settings for privacy with fences. Board or solid tongue
and groove fences offer the most privacy while spindle, picket or slat
fencing give a semi-private feel. Be sure and consider what maintenance
will be involved when your are choosing what kind of fencing you want.
Vinyl, composite and powder-coated aluminum materials require less upkeep.
4. Plant Standing Bamboo
For an effective and decorative screen, try a stand of bamboo. Some species
of bamboo are aggressive spreaders so choose and plant cautiously. We
suggest you stick with clumping and hardy bamboos which are "U"
shaped rhizomes and not horizontal. To control the spread of bamboo you
must prune the extending rhizomes regularly.
5. Build a Wall
For a more secluded area, build a solid wall around your yard or courtyard.
Attractive exterior walls can be made of cut stone, brick, concrete block,
adobe or fieldstone. For an open breezy, ensure site lines through an
arbor or gate that hooks to other areas. Plants that climb up a trellis
or pour over the edges can help lighten your walls edges. For a contracting
feature, put up a wooden pergola or gazebo which may warm up the space.
There you have 5 ways to give your outside space a more intimate feel.
For any questions on this or for siding replacement or roof repair in
Wheaton, Naperville or anywhere in the Chicagoland area, give Apex Exteriors
a call. We're happy to help.