Posted on: 29 April 2015
While privacy and security are important aspects of installing your new fence, you shouldn't overlook the aesthetic value either. Visual barriers don't have to be plain wood walls to ensure your yard stays private. If you want to turn your quest for privacy into a fun project instead of a chore, consider a few of the ways you can add privacy and give your home more personality to boot.
Spruce Up Your Chain Link
If you already have a chain link fence, but you envy the privacy afforded by solid fences, you don't have to worry about pulling up your old fence and replacing it. Instead, you can use the existing fence as a base for a more beautiful and secure final product. Using metal, bamboo, or wood slats, you can easily turn your chain link fence into a solid one, and you can even use the panels to increase its height and make it even more formidable.
In addition to allowing you to be the only house on the block with a bamboo fence or a fence with patterns of colored panels, these add-on panels can also extend the life of your chain link fence by protecting it from the elements. Their modular design also makes replacing damaged panels much easier than if you had to repair a large section of damaged chain link fencing. Being able to rearrange the colored panels to make new patterns whenever you want is just icing on the cake.
Let Nature Fill In The Blanks
If you have a green thumb, you can use plants to ensure your back yard stays hidden from prying eyes. Tall and neatly trimmed bushes can not only look pretty and proper, they can also grow thick enough to block off your yard. As an added bonus, adding large plants to your yard also means the air will generally be fresher around your house as well. If you're feeling adventurous and creative, you can use large flowering plants instead of bushes for a beautiful plant barrier, or place vines on top of the bushes to cover them in flowers.
For something a little more sturdy, you don't have to forgo adding plants. You just need to replace the bushes with a sturdy metal trellis. Plant some ivy on it and soon enough you'll have a lush green garden wall that still keeps your pets in and unwanted visitors out, just like a fence would.
Become An Artist
If you don't have a chain link fence to work with and you just want a traditional wooden fence, you don't have to settle for a bland row of identical rectangular panels to block off your yard. Instead, take installing the fence as an opportunity to exercise your creativity.
Opt for fence slats in different colors and arrange them to make a pattern, or buy plain wooden ones and paint them yourself before protecting your artwork with a strong outdoor sealant. If you're feeling really brave, you can even paint patterns and designs on the panels themselves for an extra artsy look. Just keep in mind that you may have to repaint the fence if the weather in your area is unkind to it.
Color isn't the only thing you can change about a boring fence either. You can install fence slats at a slant, overlap them to produce a shutter effect, or even spring for unique fence materials like gold embellishments, light posts, or frosted glass. The possibilities are endless when you couple the right materials with a creative spirit.
Installing your new privacy fence doesn't have to be boring or expensive. Instead of seeing it as another task that has to be done around the house, view it as a chance to give your home a little extra personality. Once your privacy fence is up and you can see your house standing out from the others, you'll realize how good it feels to have a home that's beautiful inside and out.Share