Screens Protect Your Patios Right to Privacy

Are you in need of some additional privacy for your patio or deck? Here are some tips that can help!

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By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: May 27, 2011

Is it getting cooler, shadier, and less buggy on your patio and deck already? We hope so, because all week we’ve been helping you take back the outside with heat-beating misters, shade-makers, and bug fighters.

Today, we’ll help you carve out a little patio ( privacy from neighbors’ prying eyes and bad taste in music with manufactured or natural screens. You might even find indoor uses for some of these options.

Man-made screens

•A 4-panel, portable privacy screen, which can double as a room divider in winter, can block the view and some sound for about $300. Search and compare ( other options online.

•A privacy fence is a permanent and top-of-the-line solution. A 6-footer made of cedar costs $11 to $18 per linear foot; low-maintenance vinyl costs $20 to $30 a linear foot.

•Make one yourself: Get creative! Anything that stands between you and nosy/noisy neighbors ( will give you some privacy. A Laguna Beach, Calif. (, couple filled a wood frame with wood pots they bought from Ikea. They grew herbs in the pots and fashioned their own green wall.

Natural screens

Instant green screen: Buy some giant house plants, like dieffenbachia or alocasias, and arrange them in a row on the edge of your patio or deck. Take them inside before the first frost, and put them out again next summer.

Seasonal green: Plant some climbers, like wisteria or clematis, in big pots flanking panels of freestanding trellis. The plants will grow up and fill in spaces with beauty and fragrance. A row of sunflowers makes a glorious and lush sound and visual barrier (plus, it feeds the birds).

Forever green: Bamboo ( is thick and quick-growing, but tricky to contain. Dig a narrow ditch in front of plants and mow down shoots that creep over the line. Leyland Cypress – tall, cylinder-like trees – will grow 3 to 4 feet a year and eventually create a towering and evergreen hedge.

Have your neighbors ever invaded your privacy? Oooh, share!

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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