While creating a functional outdoor space, it’s important to consider the whole family—adults, kids, and furry friends. Whether you have a big backyard, a palatial patio, or a tiny terrace, a partition (or enclosure of sorts) is a great way to ensure privacy and security.
But a wooden fence isn’t the only way to help keep out nosey neighbors, block unsightly views, and muffle street noise. From sky high hedges to a vine-covered trellis, scroll on for eight stylish solutions for upping the privacy in your exterior.
California cool meets desert chic: Tatiana Barhar, founder of Verdego Design, uses an opaque glass and aluminium sliding gate to separate her Venice Beach studio from the street. The contemporary style suits the building’s modern aesthetic, all while maintaining the light, airy feel of her front yard.
“Particularly if you’re in a city, look for shade-loving species that are happy in small pots,” advises landscape designer Adam Robinson.
For a contemporary look, consider hardwood timber. The vertical orientation, open layout, and dark chocolate stain give this custom enclosure a clean, architectural edge that echos the beachy vibe of this Sunshine Coast home.
Designer Stephen Shubel hedges his bets on tight, tall shrubs to conceal eyesores on the terrace of his San Francisco pied-à-terre. Robinson explains, “trough planters with dense evergreens can take time to establish, but are softer than a solid wall.”
Don’t want to deal with the patience, upkeep, and prices these natural plants require? Take a cue from Shubel, and instead invest in custom, plastic hedges.
Treated Pine Screen
On a budget? Treated pine screening timbers are a low cost option for establishing privacy and making a space feel cozy.
Case in point? This dreamy back deck. A sectional, area rug, and twinkle lights round out the warm, intimate vibe.
The open structure of this freestanding cedar trellis allows vines to grow and climb. The result is a verdant natural barrier that marries well with the traditional landscaping of this Wilmette, Illinois residence.
Sandblasted Glass Gate
If you’re looking to purchase a home in a popular area, chances are, you may be on a heavily trafficked street—but that doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.
Architect Alan Ohashi utilizes a sandblasted glass and timber gate to create a barrier between the road and zen-like retreat within. Opaque glass panes provide privacy, while still allowing light to shine through.
Technically, the walls are responsible for the privacy here—but you almost don’t notice them behind the sky high black bamboo.
The verdant green of the trees pops against the saturated plum backdrop, creating a stylish and functional space the whole family can enjoy.