NOSY NEIGHBORS? 4 Ways to Block Their View

THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Your neighbors may be friendly, trustworthy, dependable, and even helpful…BUT…they still peek at you! Don’t get me wrong, good neighbors are an asset for any homeowner, but curious eyes do wander. We all deserve a little peace and privacy, especially in our homes and around our property. Below are 4 ways to block the view of those nosy neighbors.

1. Choose Nature – TRY THIS…

Plant trees and foliage fences for privacy

A fire is burning on the ground.

With the right combination of trees, shrubs, and foliage, you can create natural privacy blocks that will not only enhance the beauty of your outdoor space but also allow you to relax and unwind in peace. And the best part about planting trees and foliage for privacy is that it’s a long-term solution. Unlike man-made fences or walls that can be an eye-sore for your property and neighborhood, these natural barriers only get better with time. Plus, these plants do much more than provide privacy…

Benefits of growing trees, foliage, and shrubs

  • An ‘organic fence’ acts as a sound barrier providing noise reduction from nearby traffic. Click HERE to learn how to plant a privacy hedge.
  • Windbreaks protect your home from harsh winds and storms.
  • An ‘organic wall’ can screen unsightly objects, buildings or areas close to your property.
  • Plant life can be a peaceful means to establish (and keep) property lines intact.
  • Large fast-growing trees provide shade from the hot summer sun which keeps your house cool, and your air conditioning bills low.
  • Trees increase property value! Read more HERE.

2. CREATIVE LANDSCAPING – Design your own dream space

A fire is burning on the ground.

Decks: Expanding Your Outdoor Living Space

One effective way to create privacy in your backyard is by incorporating a deck into your outdoor design. A well-placed deck not only adds value to your home but also provides a secluded area where you can relax and unwind. Consider building a deck that is elevated from the ground, providing a higher vantage point that steers clear of your neighbor’s line of sight.

To enhance privacy even further, you can install latticework or vertical screens around the perimeter of the deck. These can be adorned with climbing plants or hung with outdoor curtains for an added touch of elegance and seclusion.

Patios: A Cozy Sanctuary

If you prefer a ground-level outdoor space, a patio can be an excellent option for creating privacy. Patios are versatile and can be designed to fit any backyard layout.

A fire is burning on the ground.

To block the view of nosy neighbors, consider using tall hedges or strategically placed trees around the perimeter of your patio. These natural barriers not only provide privacy but also add beauty and serenity to your outdoor sanctuary. Additionally, installing pergolas or awnings with retractable screens can create a sense of enclosure while still allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors.

Fireplace Area: Warmth and Seclusion

An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is a fantastic addition to any backyard, offering warmth, ambiance, and a gathering place for friends and family. By strategically positioning your fireplace area, you can also create a sense of privacy. Consider placing it in a corner or against a wall, using the existing structures to your advantage.

A fire is burning on the ground.

To further enhance privacy, you can surround the fireplace area with tall foliage or install a trellis with climbing vines.  This combination of warmth and seclusion will make your outdoor space feel like an exclusive retreat. From vertical gardens to foliage walls, these unique ideas will not only provide privacy but also add a touch of artistic flair to your backyard.

If you’re looking for a more innovative approach to block your neighbors’ view, there are tons of creative landscaping ideas you can explore HERE.

3. WINDOW TREATMENTS

Another great way to enhance home privacy is by using window treatments inside your home such as blinds, curtains, or shutters. The window treatments not only add a decorative touch, but they also provide a layer of protection against those prying eyes.

You can choose from different styles and fabrics to suit your taste and privacy needs. You can also invest in smart blinds or curtains that can be controlled remotely, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting them manually.

A fire is burning on the ground.

Personally, I use blinds and curtains for controlling the amount of natural light that enters my rooms. Here is one of my favorite window coverings…you can customize them for windows as well as sliding glass doors.

4. ADD AN OUTDOOR STORAGE STRUCTURE

Placed in just the right spot, a small shed, shelter, or workshop can be a big help in blocking views from curious eyes. Of course, you will also get the added benefit of the perfect storage for firewood, tools or lawn equipment. Maybe a garage, pavilion or even a small getaway cottage would suit your taste. But no matter, small structures will undoubtedly add more functionality to your property all while blocking a neighbor’s curious views.

Keep this in mind for PRIVACY, STORAGE and ACCESSIBILTY…

Consider the sightlines from neighboring properties and position your structures accordingly. By strategically placing outdoor buildings, you can create visual barriers that enhance privacy and allow you to enjoy your outdoor space without worries of prying eyes.

When placing small sheds or buildings, consider the proximity to the areas where you’ll need easy access to stored items. For instance, if you primarily store gardening tools and equipment, placing a shed near your garden or backyard would be ideal. This ensures that you can conveniently retrieve and return items without having to travel a long distance. By strategically placing your outdoor buildings, you can minimize the effort required to access your belongings, making your storage solutions more efficient and user-friendly.

Enhance your home’s privacy and create a cozy outdoor oasis now by investing in outdoor building structures. Whether you choose to build your own or purchase a fully assembled unit, these structures provide the perfect solution for additional storage and personal retreats.  

You can explore an entire range of outdoor structures for your home HERE.

YOU DESERVE THIS…

Privacy is a fundamental human right essential for a peaceful and secure environment, especially at home where you want to relax and unwind without any external interference.

Whether you’re having friends over for a barbecue or simply enjoying some alone time, there’s no need for the worry of prying eyes. Your home should be a place where you can express yourself freely without any fear of judgment.

By taking steps to enhance your privacy, such as planting trees and foliage for creative landscaping, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your personal space is truly yours. Take action now and start enjoying the privacy you deserve!

Enjoy the freedom of being yourself without any unwanted attention from those nosy neighbors!

Be safe,

BZ  

ONE LAST PRIVACY TIP…keep an eye on them!

Wanna see who comes to your home? What happens when you’re not at home? Using your smart phone, you can now monitor your property 24/7. Wanna see who comes to your home? Click HERE to see how easy and inexpensive it really is.

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Brian Zebertavage

ENTREPRENEUR, WRITER and FOUNDER of WOOD BURNER PRO LLC. An OUTDOORS ENTHUSIAST with an EYE FOR ADVENTURE. Follow Brian's BZ BLOG for INFORMATIVE STORIES, UNUSUAL FACTS, TIPS and INTERESTING FUN.

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