Even if you love your neighbors, you might not want to see them all the time. Adding a bit of privacy to your yard can not only save you from awkward exchanges with the people next door but can help block out some of the noise and other distractions from nearby streets. Privacy options for your yard include fences, walls and landscaping features.
One of the most popular options is the privacy fence. Fences have several benefits. They are available in a variety of styles and materials. They are relatively easy to install and in addition to making your yard more private, they can help you keep your kids and pets in your yard and keep trespassers out. Wooden fences usually require resealing and repainting every few years. If you prefer a lower maintenance option, consider a composite privacy fence. You may want to check your local zoning regulations before beginning any construction.
It is hard to get more private than building a wall around your property. You can have your wall built out of cut stone, concrete or brick and have it designed to match your home and your tastes. Walls can be a good option for added security. Like wooden fences, most types of walls will require some periodic maintenance to keep them looking good.
If you prefer a more natural look, you might want to consider landscaping options. Evergreen hedges can provide nearly as much privacy as a wall or fence while maintaining the natural beauty of the outdoors. Hedges can also be great at blocking sound and headlight glare from streets. Other landscaping options include planting trees and constructing vertical gardens.
All these options can provide you with added privacy, while still maintaining the beauty of your home. Choose your favorite one mix and match to suit your needs.