Thinking about building your retirement home or remodeling your existing residence to better suit your needs as you age? Well, no matter how friendly you are with your neighbors, there is no reason for them to know exactly what you are doing every single minute of every single day. Therefore, you are surely thinking about ways you can maximize privacy in your own home. Keep on reading for some inspiration.
Think about privacy as you build your home
First of all, if you are just beginning to build your home, you want to think about privacy from the very start. For starters, if you value your privacy and don’t want busybodies to keep peeking into your home, you surely don’t want big windows that look onto the street, especially if you intend to place a bedroom or living room in such a way that they are facing your front yard. Moreover, you don’t want a huge window next to the bath if your neighbor’s house is really close. With that in mind, if you want floor-to-ceiling windows for your living or dining room, you want to position them in the back of the house so that the big panes of glass are looking into your yard where no one can invade your privacy.
Position the garage doors strategically
Another thing to think about if you’re building a home from scratch is the position of the garage door. If it is facing the street, everyone passing by your home and curious neighbors can sneak a peek inside every time you open it. While some people might not have any issues with this, some people simply don’t appreciate others getting a glimpse of the tools and equipment that they keep there. Moreover, sometimes the garage is messy and there is no need for everyone to know that. If possible, try to position the garage door away from the street as that can give you a bit more privacy.
Update the windows
If building a new house is out of the question, you can do some updating. For example, replacing your windows is a great home renovation project. Not only are new windows safer and more energy-efficient but there are many options that can improve your privacy as well. You can opt for reflective glass windows that will prevent passers-by from peeking in during the day, or whenever it’s brighter outside than it is in your home. Furthermore, you can get frosted or glazed windows that will also make it more difficult to see inside from the street.
Cover your windows
Perhaps you are happy with the windows as they are and it’s just the privacy factor that you would like improved. Well, in that case, you can have the windows tinted. This will not only protect your privacy but it will also improve your home’s energy efficiency. Then, you can add some contact paper to the windows to create more privacy. This is a good approach in case you are renting as the contact paper pieces can easily be removed before you move out. Other ideas include creating a faux stained window, decoupaging lace onto the glass, and spraying the glass with a vinyl pattern.
Add curtains, blinds, and shutters
In case you are looking for something a bit less permanent, you have to keep curtains in mind. In addition to giving you more privacy, curtains and drapes also make the interior feel more welcoming and cozy. Fortunately, they come in various materials, shapes, sizes, and designs so there is no chance that you will not find something that suits your taste. What is more, you can also look into double blinds that not only improve the privacy of your home but also completely block out the lights for when you want to sleep. Moreover, they also protect you and your belongings from harmful UV rays. Finally, you can consider installing shutters on your windows. Besides concealing you in your bathroom, for example, they also let air and light enter your home.
Plant trees in front of your home
Adding greenery is always a good choice so why not think about adding a tree or two to your front yard? Placing them in front of the windows will obstruct the view of any passer-by and they would really have to go out of their way to see what you are doing in your home. Additionally, if you plant a tree to the side of your home or in your backyard, your neighbors might not have a direct line of view into your second-floor windows. It might take some time to grow but once it does, you will also experience some amazing energy-saving properties of trees.
Start growing a hedge
While trees can be useful for protecting your privacy, a hedge might work even better. If you add one to both your front and back yard, you will basically be completely protected. If you opt for a thick variety, no one should be able to see through it. The only ones who might be able to sneak a glance at what you are doing could be your neighbors that have some upstairs windows.
Install fences around your property
Having privacy is not all about having someone spy on you. It’s also about preventing people from freely walking onto your property. To stop people and animals from ruining your lawn or coming up to your window, you can install a fence around your property. The choice of fences truly abounds and even if you can’t find one that suits your aesthetic, you can have one custom-made. Moreover, you might even be able to make one on your own if you’re handy and creative. From the classic white picket fence to something a bit more out there like lining up different doors to create a really unique fence, the options are countless.
Make a privacy screen for your porch
If you’ve created a really cute porch for yourself and you intend to have coffee there in the morning, you surely don’t want neighbors and passers-by intruding on your alone time. This is why you have to think about adding a privacy screen of sorts to the porch that will let you start your day in peace. You can look online for premade ones that fit your space or you can go down the DIY route. There are various approaches you can take here. For example, you can build a wall that is filled with plants and flowers that will add a nice scent to the space. Then, you can try making a macramé curtain if you are feeling crafty. Moreover, you can also get some planks and create a lattice-patterned screen that will keep you out of view. Another option you can go for is installing colored glass panels around the porch as they will give you enough light but stop the busybodies from lurking.
Build a pergola for your backyard
With the front yard taken care of, you can now focus on the backyard. While your home is probably obstructing the view from the street, you still might be trying to get away from pesky next-door neighbors. In that case, you have the option of adding a pergola to your yard. Pergolas come in various shapes and sizes so you have a wide array of premade options at your disposal. On the other hand, you can also look for some instructions online and try making one on your own. Whether you opt for a wooden one or a metal one, you can rest assured that you will have more privacy in your yard.
Hang fabrics around the yard
Maybe you already have a pergola in your yard but are not satisfied with the level of privacy it provides you with. In that case, you can add some fabric to it, to both block the view for nosy neighbors and get some more shade. Hanging cute curtains that you can remove whenever you want is a great way to have some alone time for reading or relaxing. Moreover, if you don’t have the space or simply don’t want a permanent structure in your yard, you can look into shade sails as they create the same effect as a pergola but are much easier to take down.
Introduce some privacy into the home
Lastly, you might want some more privacy inside your home. If you don’t have the luxury of having a separate room for the office, you can section off an area of your home with privacy screens so that you have no visual distractions while doing your job. Then, you can invest in soundproofing the home or only certain rooms if you find noises annoying and distracting. Noise-canceling headphones can also help in a pinch. Finally, you can divide the home into several areas by rearranging some furniture. For instance, sofas and bookshelves can be great barriers between zones.
If you value your privacy above all else, you surely want to ensure there are no nosy neighbors constantly trying to sneak a peek into your home. Try these solutions and you should not have any issues.
This guest post was graciously provided by Emma Williams. Emma is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. Blogging is her way of expressing her passion for reading and sharing thoughts with people around the web.