Some home buyers can’t look past a backyard with neighbors close by. Whether the house backs up directly to the home behind it or the neighbors on either side are closer than you’d like, know that there are ways to create privacy when you have a smaller lot size. All that’s required is a good idea and a vision.
Install Shutters or Curtains on Your Screened Porch
In our Charleston South Carolina market, a screened porch is a must for many home buyers. However, if you visit a listing and worry that the porch is too exposed for relaxation, we have two solutions. The more affordable option is to put up curtains so that you can choose whether to leave them open or closed. This is an easy, do-it-yourself fix that can also help keep your back porch shaded on warm summer days.
The second option is to install bohemian style shutters so that they open vertically instead of the traditional horizontal angle for windows. These can be painted fun colors like lime green or red if you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor living space. These shutters are very popular on Charleston porches because the louvers (slats) still allow breezes through.
Create a Different Focal Point
Instead of looking at your neighbor’s house, you’ll want to focus attention on a great spot for outdoor entertaining! The goal here is to get people’s eyes on an aesthetic space with outdoor seating, a dining table, a hammock, an umbrella, outside lighting, fire pit, or decorative patio. It will be hard to look elsewhere if you have a fire pit centered on a brick patio with colorful Adirondack chairs circling this entertainment hub.
Fences and Walls Can Block Your Neighbors
Your budget might be the determining factor for what type of enclosure you choose. A brick or stone wall can create an upscale, classic look. If you plan on living in the home long term, you might also consider growing a vine such as creeping fig along the wall for an established look. The most affordable option is a wooden privacy fence. The shadow box style is pricier among the many wooden fences available, but it adds a nice dimension that buyers usually prefer.
Evergreen Shrubs Act as a Screen
If you’re looking for a more natural way to block the views of your neighbors, a fast growing evergreen can act as a screen. Some people prefer this route because they say it looks less like they’re trying to block their neighbors. Talk to your local garden center to see which plants will grow best in your region and your yard’s sun exposure. We like using these evergreens because they keep their buffering leaves year round: Magnolias, Camellias, Oleanders, Ligustrum, Boxwoods, Leyland Cypress, Arborvitae, American Holly, and Eastern Red Cedars.
Build a Covered Gazebo
Again, the emphasis here is to create an entertainment space – but the perks of a gazebo are the height it provides for blocking and the covered roof that keeps your furniture better protected from the weather. This can be a creative way to add architectural interest to your yard since you can find a range of styles, and the embellishment options are endless. Higher end gazebos might show exposed beams under the roof with chandeliers or candle lit lanterns.
Let The Keadle Group Help You Find the Perfect Home
Whether you’re looking to build a new construction home or find an older home that’s conducive for your home project gratification, we can help you find your perfect home! Contact us to get started!