A man’s home is his castle. If the lack of privacy in the backyard of your “castle” makes you feel like you are living in a fishbowl, then it’s time you made some plans to provide some aesthetically-pleasing privacy screening for your humble abode.
The best way to do that is with an outdoor privacy screen structure of one type or another.
I’ve got some free privacy screen plans and some cool ideas to help you in your decision-making process.
Before you begin making plans for your privacy screen you should find out if there are any local ordinances or neighborhood covenants that would prevent you from building the privacy screening of your choosing.
You should also consider the view that your neighbors will have once you have completed your project. There’s no sense in ruffling any feathers. You never know when you’ll have to borrow a cup of sugar and a few eggs.
Privacy Screen Ideas
Here are a few ideas of what you can do to create more privacy:
- Construct a lattice fence.
- Build a custom privacy structure that matches the architecture of your home. This could be constructed of wood, brick or stone.
- Construct a privacy fence.
- Build high walls with a material of your choice and soften them up with vines and vertical hedges.
- Install panels of “curtains” made of weather-resistant fabric.
- Build an overhead pergola and attach a wire-mesh screening to the vertical portion and plant some foliage around it to soften it up.
- Hang a wall of salvaged windows. You could paint some of the window panes, create faux stained glass or etch them to give an interesting effect, night or day, while still providing privacy. Point a light on them for a dramatic effect at night.
This is the view from inside of the privacy screen that you saw in the photo at the top of the page. It makes a huge difference.
This is the emergency power generator behind a privacy screen. The photo on the right shows what you’d see when you walk by it. This was built for the 2007 Renewed American Home in Orlando.
Source: Go to Better Homes & Garden’s RemodelingCenter for photos of some of the privacy screen choices that I’ve described above.
Links to FREE Do-It-Yourself Plans for Outdoor Privacy Screening:
How to Build a Patio Privacy Screen – Reader’s Digest (you read that right)
A Cedar Privacy Screen – Popular Mechanics
A Cedar Partition for an Outdoor Shower – via RONA
Lattice-topped Fence – Popular Mechanics
Fully-louvered Fence – Flex-Fence (very cool!)
Patio Privacy Screen – This plan is extraordinarily appealing. – The Family Handyman
Twig-Entwined Privacy Screen – Home Envy
Trellis Trio – Better Homes & Gardens
Grillwork Screen Vine Pole – BH&G
Have an interesting idea for a privacy screen? Write me a note and I’ll share it for all to enjoy.