Having a deck is a great way to extend the usable space in your home and enjoy the great outdoors more. But if you live in a very populated area, you may feel like your deck lacks privacy. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make your deck look and feel more private that won’t sacrifice the overall aesthetic of your deck (and may even add to it!). Let’s look at some different things that can be done to make your deck more of a private oasis for you and your family.
If you haven’t already built your deck and are in the planning stages, you might want to carefully consider where you place your deck on your home. Do you have a recessed area on the back of your house? By building your deck in this recessed area you may be able to create a privacy wall on one side simply by using your own home. Or do you have good, full tree coverage on one side of the home but a nosey neighbor on the other? Consider building your deck to primarily focus towards the side with good coverage.
Privacy Screens and Fences
If you don’t have the option of strategically placing your deck, or you are trying to work with an existing deck, consider building a privacy fence. This option works well for homeowners who only need privacy from one or two edges of the deck, as a fence surrounding the entire deck may make it feel small and limited. Privacy screens or trellises are another good option because they create a privacy barrier without completely blocking off the outside. A trellis with foliage growing on it can be a great, attractive, option.
If you don’t want to make any changes to your actual deck, landscaping can be a great way to create some privacy for not only your deck, but for your entire yard. By adding some evergreen trees around the perimeter of your yard or deck you can create a natural barrier. Not only will this look great, but it will give you the privacy you want. The only downside is that it may take some time for your trees to grow and mature to give you the level of privacy you want.
Roofing and Canopies
Another great option for making your deck more private is by adding a roof or canopy. By extending your home’s roof out over your deck you can make it feel more closed in and private, while also making it an attractive addition to your home. A roof can take your deck from being an addition on your home to being an extension of your home. If a full roof isn’t an option for your situation or your budget, a canopy or pergola can be a great option as well.
If you live in an area that makes it feel like you have no privacy on your deck, there are things you can do to make you feel more comfortable. Whether you are in the process of designing a deck or you are trying to make adjustments to an existing deck, call us at North American Deck and Patio to discuss how we can help you create the deck of your dreams. We offer deck building and deck repair in Baltimore and we’d love to work with you!