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7 Backyard Privacy Ideas

Your backyard is more than just an outdoor space; it’s your personal haven where you can unwind, entertain, and connect with nature. However, achieving a sense of privacy in your backyard is essential for fully enjoying this space. Want more privacy in your backyard? Here are some backyard privacy ideas to help you achieve that.

1. Install Fencing

The most straightforward way to establish privacy in your backyard is by installing a backyard privacy fence. Choose a fence style that complements your home’s architecture and your personal taste. Popular options include metal fencing and wooden fencing. However, be sure to check local regulations and guidelines before installing a fence to ensure compliance.

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At The Saguaro Estates, we utilized a gray metal fencing with natural cutouts to provide a sense of privacy and intimacy to the triangular spa area. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

2. Incorporate Lush Greenery

Utilize the power of nature by incorporating greenery, climbing vines and layered plants into your backyard privacy plan. Furthermore, plant tall shrubs, trees, or hedges along the perimeter to create a natural barrier. Consider evergreen plants for year-round privacy. Not only do they provide seclusion, but they also contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.

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At The Farmhouse Estate, we used privacy hedges in order to create an taller privacy wall while adding a pop of color. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

3. Build A Pergola or Trellis

Add a touch of elegance to your backyard while increasing privacy with pergolas and trellises. These structures can support climbing plants like ivy or vines, creating a beautiful living wall. Additionally, they offer partial shade, making your outdoor space more comfortable.

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At The Ambrosia, the pergola has a privacy wall attached to so that it prevents noise from carrying over into neighbor’s yards. Enjoy the late night happy hour or Thursday Night Football knowing that you are being considerate of your neighbors. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

4. Hang Outdoor Curtains

Introduce a touch of luxury and versatility to your backyard with outdoor curtains. Hang them on pergolas, porches, or even freestanding frames to create a sense of enclosure. Outdoor curtains are available in various materials that are resistant to weather conditions, ensuring durability.

At The Sullivan, we utilized outdoor curtains to create privacy for the elevated hot tub. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

5. Add Water Features

Adding water features to your backyard can create a calming atmosphere. Water features like fountains, ponds, or water walls can help block out unwanted noise. The gentle sound of flowing water can create a peaceful atmosphere while providing an additional layer of privacy.

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At The Retreat, we incorporated a metal scupper water feature on the side yard. With its location by the side entry gate, you are able to add some natural sound barriers in your custom backyard. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

6. Consider Strategic Furniture Placement

Arrange your outdoor furniture strategically to create cozy corners and hideaways. Place seating away from direct view, and use tall plants or screens to separate areas. This not only enhances your backyard privacy, but it also adds a sense of intimacy .

The Hoffman

At The Hoffman, we created a cozy corner by adding a cantilevered shade structure and black water wall, creating an intimate elevated patio area with built in seating and a fire table, perfect for any happy hour or outdoor entertainment. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

7. Utilize Screens, Doors and Panels

Explore the wide range of artificial privacy screens and panels available in the market. You can choose from a variety of materials, styles, and sizes to customize your backyard’s privacy with modern-looking solutions.

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At The Cavallo, we utilized farmhouse metal doors to create a level of privacy that is optional. Whether wanting a private spa experience or adding a larger area for outdoor entertainment, the farmhouse metal doors give you the option to choose. Want to view more? View the full gallery here.

All in all, turning your backyard into a private retreat involves more than just adding privacy – it’s about improving the entire outdoor experience. You can create a private oasis by using landscaping, structures, and design.

As one of the best landscape design companies, we specialize in creating custom backyards that fit your unique needs. Want to learn more about creating a private place to relax in the luxury of your own home? Contact our award-winning design team today!

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