I live in a hilly neighborhood that I walk with my dog all the time. Whenever I walk, I always look around at the houses and wave to neighbors. Recently I started noticing that the change in elevation truly impacts the amount of privacy that me and my neighbors have in our backyards.
When my husband and I bought our house there was already a small deck off of our kitchen. While most of it is open to our yard, there is a privacy screen of lattice on one side. If it wasn’t there, everyone walking on the street (we live on a corner) would be able to look right onto our deck as the top of our six foot fence is below our deck height on that part of the yard (the yard slopes). Although our privacy screen isn’t completely solid, it gives me enough privacy so I don’t feel like I’m on display for the rest of the neighborhood.
Privacy is a keep component to an outdoor living design. While some homeowners enjoy an open design where they can easily see and interact with neighbors, others want a more room-like feel complete with privacy walls incorporated.
Privacy walls come in a wide variety of styles that we can design to complement your outdoor living space. While some may be built of solid wood, others, like mine, incorporate lattice. Some privacy walls also include built in planters so you can switch the look as you see fit (daisies in the spring and mums in fall).
Here are some great examples of Archadeck Outdoor Living privacy walls:
When I think of privacy fences, for some reason the first thing that pops to my mind are those terrible walls that you see on the side of a highway which are likely created to contain the noise of the highway. If someone steers my thinking to a privacy fence for a hot-tub, I generally think of something that looks like 3 8-foot fence walls that are bought at Lowes or Home Depot and put together to create hot tub privacy on 3-walls.
At Archadeck of Austin, this is just one of their specialties. Take a look at some of these photos to dispel the myth that privacy fences and enclosures need to look functional. Functional can be really beautiful if designed right.
This hot tub enclosure is designed with a cover for shade, one privacy wall to hide the surrounding fence, two partially open sides, an adjoining bar, and an open side for easy access to the hot tub from the deck.
Here’s another view from the side.
One of the nice things about the way they design privacy enclosures in the Austin office is they only put full privacy walls where needed. If you look at the back of this picture, you will only see a partial privacy wall. This privacy wall is designed to block only what they don’t want to see – which is over the barrier fence. The pergola provides a great structure to attach the partial privacy wall to.
One of the things that can make a privacy wall an eyesore is how it’s finished at the top. In Austin, they often finish the privacy walls with a pergola style top as you see here. This wall is a beautiful and very functional addition to the stone wall.
Archadeck of Austin Jim and Julie Odom
Archadeck of Austin is owned by Jim and Julie Odom. Give them a call for composite decks, tigerwood decks, cedar decks, pressure-treated decks, flagstone patios, stained concrete patios, covered porches, front and back porches, or to build your own custom outdoor structure for your backyard.