creating privacy on a deck

bennyhahaAugust 6, 2010

I live in a neigbhorhood where all the decks are pretty much lined up and way too close to our neighbors... if they are out on their deck I feel bad not engaging in conversation! :) these are daylight basement homes and the deck is on the middle floor above the ground.

I'm looking for some ideas on how to create good looking privacy. my current idea is to buy a long planter box/pot and plant a row of bamboo. Its a high wind area, but I think it should be ok if I put some weight in the planter box. it also gets a lot of sun.

any other suggestions? not a huge fan of lattice privacy screens. And I dont need a full visual block, just a slight sense of privacy is what I'm looking for.


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The GW Landscape Design forum often talks about privacy issues in the great outdoors. The best take-away for me was the idea that you don't actually have to BLOCK the view to get privacy. Instead, the idea is to create something interesting where the neighbors' eyes will land BEFORE they get to your deck.

If you go over to that forum, run a search on "screen" or "privacy" and you'll get lots of good ideas.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 1:09PM
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Depending on how much privacy you want you have several good options, one being the previous suggestion. But there are others. There are many planters on the market today (some are self watering)designed for creating the privacy you may want. Bamboo is an option but I'd opt for something a little tamer; perhaps a climbing vine, etc., with some color. Or use the planters to create a garden! Another option are exterior dividers that come in a variety of colors, styles, and colors.

Here is a link that might be useful: privacy porch ideas

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 7:44PM
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