Backyard privacy solutions to enhance outdoor living
2017 is the year to bring back privacy to your outdoor spaces! With neighbourhoods getting denser, and Ontario’s population growing, backyard privacy is becoming more important and hard to achieve for homeowners. Good news is there are easy solutions to enhance backyard privacy so that everyone can create their dream outdoor living space.
Spring is the perfect time to create an outdoor living room to escape to with lush planters, rich jewel-tones and eco-friendly privacy solutions to create a visual outline for your backyard.
Whether you’re working with a large or small budget, the trick is to get creative with your existing surroundings to provide a natural aesthetic that creates privacy. Canada’s favourite handyman and celebrity DIY expert, Chris Palmer, has a few ideas and tips to inspire you this spring:
Regardless of whether you’re working with a small or large backyard, adding some low-maintenance greenery can optimize privacy, while adding some visual appeal. Alternatively, you can plant tall grass in raised planters, which create a nice blind while allowing the wind to pass through easily. If greenery isn’t enough, buy fast growing trees that work with your backyard location which can offer privacy and shade. For example, use shade canopies for extra coverage as they can mount to three stationary points to create a great UV blocker.
Overhead privacy structures and pergolas provide endless possibilities to add style, privacy and shade to your backyard. A great outdoor investment that also increases the value of your property much like a deck would. It also creates the sense of an outdoor room framing the space and makes it more inviting since it gives you a little more privacy. To add personality, plant climbing vines to gradually colonize the structure for a natural, soothing canopy. And try trailing fashionable vintage lights or lanterns to bring a touch of the indoors outside.
Horizontal or woven privacy screens are also a great aesthetic addition that can help create that separation in your backyard from neighbours. They also provide seclusion and a cool lounge feel to any outdoor space. Many of my clients are always looking to build more sustainably and are more aware of the ecological impact of certain materials. An industry secret is MicroPro Sienna, which is an eco-friendly pressure treated wood that’s affordable and at about half the price of cedar. I always remind my clients to protect their outdoor investments, once your Sienna project is complete apply a water repellent finish to protect the wood.
I’m a big fan of transforming unwanted old furniture or doors into unique outdoor accents. You can easily make over a vintage door into a privacy wall to add a personal and vintage touch. A fun and affordable project that also reduces our carbon footprint!
Furniture and accessories
Brighten up shady corners with vivid jewel-tones, shades and vibrant patterns. If your backyard feels like you’re on vacation then every time you step outside will be as invigorating as a holiday. Feel refreshed with sunshine yellow bistro chairs, bright blue accessories and modern white tables to entertain your family and friends this spring behind colourful and multi-tasking privacy curtains.
For more outdoor project inspiration and DIY How-Tos, make sure to check out handcraftedbychrispalmer.com and microprosienna.com
Often billed as Canada’s Favourite Handyman, Chris Palmer has quickly become a household name through his thoughtful and creative DIYs. With a strong focus on handcrafted woodwork, Chris has turned his passion into a career – creating custom projects through his company “Handcrafted by Chris Palmer”. He made his national debut on the hit HGTV show Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and is now a regular guest expert on the Global Morning Show in Toronto.
Photos by to Bob Gundu