Your backyard deck is the ideal place to enjoy an afternoon with friends and family. However, if you live on a busy street or have nosy neighbors, the deck is not an ideal place to host private family moments. Luckily, there are several options available that will allow you to make your deck more private without detracting from the deck's aesthetic. Here are a few simple ideas to make your backyard deck more private.
Add a Pergola, Trellis, or Roof
A pergola or a trellis is a great option if you want to add privacy but still want to bask in the sunlight and enjoy the surroundings. A pergola is constructed of four columns that support a grid pattern of beams. A trellis is like a pergola, except that the roofing beams are replaced with latticework panels. A trellis can also have walls made from the same latticework.
In addition to the structures themselves, you can add fabric shades to the pergola or encourage vines to grow down the latticework walls of the trellis. If your backyard deck receives full sunlight during the day, a roof is a great option. Like a pergola, you can hang fabric curtains from the walls of the roof and remove them if you want to enjoy your backyard.
Plant Trees, Vines, Shrubs, or Flowers
Utilizing greenery is a great way to not only add some privacy, but they are options that will not distract from the beauty of your landscape. For example, adding some potted plants around the perimeter of your deck can help create a beautiful barrier that can add some privacy and drown out the noise of your neighbors.
If you have a raised deck, planting some trees strategically around the deck can not only provide privacy, but the trees can also block the afternoon sunlight.
Add Privacy to the Railing
Another option for a raised deck is to install rolled bamboo or fabric screens along the length of the railing. The rolled materials are very easy to install and uninstall and fill in the gaps between the railing. In addition to providing privacy, the screens can also protect smaller kids from accidentally slipping between the rails and falling from the deck.
Construct a Water Feature
Finally, if your issue isn't prying eyes and instead, the noise of nearby traffic and neighbors, a water feature, such as a small running fountain, is a great way to replace noise pollution with the sounds of nature.
From constructing a pergola to planting a tree or installing bamboo screens, there are several ways you can make your deck more private.
Contact a local deck building company, such as 13TEN Renovations, to learn more.