A home should provide you with a refuge from the outside world and be a calming, peaceful place to relax.However, if you feel under constant surveillance from nosy neighbors or passers-by, it can be unsettling.
Thankfully, there are a few ways you can improve your privacy both inside and outside your house, no matter the type of home you live in or where it is located. Below are some tips for improving your privacy around your home.
Install a fence or wall
Perhaps the most obvious and easiest way to increase your sense of privacy is to build a fence or wall around your property. Fences come in a huge variety of styles, including:
Concrete walls: These offer increased security, privacy, sound buffering and safety for pets and animals and are particularly well suited to hotter climates which might damage the other fencing options noted below.
PVC/Vinyl: The lowest cost option in this list, but also susceptible to cracks or corrosion in hotter temperatures.
Wooden fences: Traditionally the most popular type of fencing that is also hard-wearing and relatively easy to install.
Chain link fences: Due to their construction, chain link fences will not particularly improve your privacy, but they will make your garden more secure for pets and small children.
Durable eComposite fences: Environmentally friendly, sustainable living, low maintenance fences like those produced by fence manufacturer, eComposite Products.
Add slanted shutters to windows
If your home is overlooked by other properties, it can often feel as though you are in a goldfish bowl. Simply adding slanted shuttersto windows will allow you to obscure the view inside while still letting light in.
Fit net curtains or blinds to windows
Similar to the shutters above, net curtains or blinds offer vastly improved privacy but still allow substantial light into your property. Blinds can also obviously be pulled to further block the view.
Plants trees, hedges or other flora around your property
Landscaping around your home is a great way to improve its privacy with a natural barrier that will also improve the aesthetic appeal of your property. Simply planting trees or other shrubberies will outline your garden without the need to add more expensive fencing products.
Construct a gazebo or pergola
If the idea of fencing or trees doesnot appeal, but you still want privacy while you are in your garden, you could think about building a gazebo or pergola on a patio or decking area. Although open-sided by nature, it is very easy to increase privacy further by simply adding lattice panels, curtains, hanging plants or growing ivy.
Fit security cameras around your home
Cameras will not particularly improve your privacy as such, but they can work as an effective deterrent against unwanted intruders and add an extra level of security to your home.
If you have exposed fences, think about fitting a privacy screen
Not all fences block the view from outside, so, if you have slatted or chain fencing, you could consider fitting privacy screens to stop prying eyes from peering inside.