Adding a new deck to your home is a great way to bring more enjoyment to the outdoors, increase the entire home's functionality and make it easier to entertain friends and family. But if you have nearby neighbors and lack privacy, that deck can be less appealing and even seldom used. So, how can you add some privacy to your lounging and entertaining space outside? Here are 5 easy things you can do on any budget.
Add a Wall
A privacy fence is an easy and cheap way to make your deck more protected from views and noise, but you will want to dress it up to prevent it from sticking out like a sore thumb. Opt for a more ornamental fence design or create your own by capping a basic fence with lattice or decorative bars. Adding container plants or small trees along the inside of the fence will help it blend into the deck.
Use the Home
The easiest way to design yourself some privacy is to make use of existing buildings or hardscaping. Your house is an obvious view-blocker if you can find the right spot. Walk around the house and consider all the angles (from both inside and outside) to see if there is a perfect spot just waiting for a nice deck. If the best location is not the most convenient from the home's exterior doors, consider adding a short walkway to the deck or even converting an exterior window into a door that works better.
Try Some Greenery
A few well-placed natural barriers can help immensely while still making the deck feel warm and inviting. A tree is a great way to add a cover over the area as well as block views from the side. Evergreens are another excellent, year-round alternative that blocks out both views and noise. Use a mixture of trees and shrubs placed logistically to create a haven for entertaining.
Use Lattice or Fabric
If you're looking for a less permanent or less expensive option, try some lattice or a trellis. A trellis can be planted with climbing vines to add to the coziness of your deck while partially blocking the view and allowing sunlight in. Canvas fabric can also be used as a temporary solution. Create a sail-shaped canopy using sturdy canvas attached to poles or a frame above the deck or hang durable fabric like curtains to block your neighbors' views.
Add a Roof
A simple roof can transform any deck. In addition to blocking the views of second-story or uphill neighbors, it also creates a nice shade in warmer climates, protects the deck in the winter and makes the whole space feel cozier. While adding a roof may be the most expensive option, if you are thinking long-term, a quality pergola or extension of the home's roofing material is the best way to complement a long-lasting composite deck that will provide years of use.
For more information, contact a deck contractor in your area.