Don’t Jail Yourself into Your Backyard with A Fence: Use Design Elements to Create Privacy Instead

A backyard fence is one of the the hardscape elements that can either tie in your entire landscape design. Or as in most cases, simply acts as a BORING retaining wall for your yard. Tell us truthfully,– which type of fence would you prefer? We know,you would rather build an outdoor feature that works well with your entire landscape and overall home design. But to get a great privacy feature, you’ve gotta think about the project and overall design scheme that your home and outdoor area already has. Fence building can be confusing so we have put together the following four tips to help you design a better fence for your outdoor area.

1.Consider privacy

Fences can be the most challenging part of the landscape design, and unfortunately, most people only build fences to create privacy. However, home owners often don’t realize that there are different levels of privacy and design styles that they should consider. Stop and ask yourself this, “Do I went full, moderate or just suggested privacy?” And yes “suggested” is a type of  privacy that really doesn’t hide anything from view, but instead only suggests that the space is intimate. you must know which level privacy you’re looking for to help you focus on the design and materials you want to  create this lovely space .For instance, you might want to use wrought iron to create suggested  privacy, or even a half wall made of paver stones create that intimate feel.

Determining the area of the property you want to fence, and where you need the most privacy. By the same token, determine the areas that require the least amount of privacy. Dividing up these areas in terms of privacy levels,helps you narrow down your fence design options.

2. Use the appropriate fencing materials for the level of privacy you require.

The current home building Market offers up several types of fencing with an unlimited variety of styles. So this gives you the perfect opportunity to: Think creatively!

Depending on the level of privacy you need, you might create an artful blend of fencing mixed with greenery and border plants. Just think, this idea might work better than that big block of tall fencing. When you mix and match elements you can create focal points and texture for your fences, without having to build a huge barricade.

3. Don’t use fences as walls when plants will do.

Why throw up a fence of 6 to 8 feet,  when some plants can give you the privacy you need? As a general rule, people don’t like walls outside because they offer a sense of being confined. If you have an area where you want some privacy, think carefully about whether an actual wall will fulfill your needs. in some cases, a thick Evergreen Hedge can work as a fence giving you the same privacy as an actual wall

4. Match height  to the actual security and privacy you actually need

Obviously, families with small children and pets will have different security needs than adults with older kids or with no children at all. If you need to establish boundaries or barriers, consider low retaining walls or fences that offer a nice line of sight. Keep the property fence as low and open as possible, and when possible, in areas where security is needed,use large hedges or open rail fences.

Take note! When your problem is related to sound and wind as well as privacy, fences do very little with regard to block these elements. In some cases, a fence will not  lock out but will actually amplify it. So you want to be careful. Sound also reaches through most fencing options because it moves up and over, often amplifying itself. A better option is to build a fence, but also to add a mix of evergreen and deciduous plants on both sides of the fence. This will help absorb sound and wind. When you carefully consider your  options and what you want the fence to do for you, it is more likely that you create a functional and attractive outdoor landscape which provides privacy as well as security.