Lots of people love outdoor living. But can you really relax on your deck when your neighbors are watching your every move?
“I wouldn’t say we’re especially private people,” Maria said. “But the way our deck was before – let’s just say I felt really exposed sitting out there. You couldn’t really sit and enjoy a meal, because we were so visible to every passer-by. It made me self-conscious.”
You can integrate privacy into your deck design without appearing anti-social. That’s important when your home is in a welcoming neighborhood like Needham. Easy, effective ways to make your deck more private include:
Fencing & Solid Deck Rails
The easiest and most effective way to make your deck more private is to fence some or part of it off with privacy screens or solid deck rail panels. These are available in a variety of styles and colors. Your Needham deck contractor can help you choose the right look for your new deck.
Trellis Plantings & Greenery
A very popular and quite charming way to make your deck more private is by the use of trellised plantings. Trellises are available in a variety of styles, materials, colors and configurations. Choose the one that best enhances the look of your deck and then install climbing plants like morning glories, honeysuckle, or the like.
Another option – and one that’s particularly suited to the more formal, traditional home – is to have your Needham deck contractor build in planters for small, sculptural evergreen shrubs. A classic look that adds style while providing privacy.
The Screen Porch
A family favorite, the screen porch provides shade, protection from biting insects, and yes, privacy. You can have a screen porch built on your existing deck, or have the space beneath a second story deck converted into a screen porch. Don’t be surprised if the screen porch turns out to be the family’s new favorite place to be.