Making improvements to your home to increase privacy is a no-brainer for making your place more enjoyable and peaceful--but especially if you are trying to sell or add value to your home, the ideas below are well worth the investment. When it comes to ideas, here are a few of our favorites:
- Fencing. This is a pretty obvious one, but still a great idea. Not only will a fence reduce the view of neighbors or traffic, but tall and more solid "walls" of fencing will also reduce noise.
- Privacy Planting. For those who want to go with something a bit more "green," why not create a "fence" of plants? A hedge will add some good old fashioned charm to the yard, and once again, obscure any undesirable views.
- Fountains. Fountains mask noise. Do you live by a road with high traffic? Does that wurring sometimes, just sometimes, remind you of rushing water? Why not embrace that? Drown out the noise of that "river" with actual running water. There are so many different fountains available these days, that we could write a whole post on the different looks and sounds you can create with them. So explore the options and make a plan for some instant tranquility.
- Ornamental Structures. Semi-transparent structures like pergolas, trellises or screens may not provide complete privacy but they can enclose a dining or lounging space without blocking light or breezes--and they don't even have to be permanent.
- Pure Magic (well kind of). As it turns out, out of sight really is out of mind, according to a ThisOldHouse.com article. Apparently there is actually something called "psycho acoustics." See, when putting up certain fences, there is an actual measurable reduction in noise, but because of the way sound waves travel, plants, trees and hedges don't actually provide the same benefit. But it doesn't seem to matter because they provide a "perceived reduction in noise!" How about that! The visual stimulus of the hedge or tree actually tricks the brain. So try improving the view rather than blocking it, and you might be surprised at the result.
What's your favorite idea for improving yard privacy?