Estimates from HouseLogic and "Remodeling" magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value Report indicate that the addition of a deck can add $8,000 or more to your home's worth. Money aside, a breezy deck gives your family and friends a pleasant spot for enjoying the outdoors -- unless it feels like your deck is as much in your neighbor's yard as your own. You have plenty of options for heightening your privacy, ranging from simple do-it-yourself projects to light construction tasks.
Potted plants offer an eco-friendly and attractive way to add a little privacy to your deck. For example, dense arborvitae or dwarf evergreens lend the space an elegant, timeless look, while potted bamboo makes for a sleek, modern screen. Use lightweight pots, such as those made of resin, or place the plants on casters to make them mobile, allowing you to move them easily when you wish to open up the space.
If you're comfortable with construction, adding a slatted wooden pergola top to your deck gives you plenty of options for defining your space and making it a bit more private. Install lattice panels between the pergola and your deck's railings to enclose the deck without losing the breeze. Bolster your privacy even more by hanging plants in baskets or allowing potted vines to climb the lattice. If you prefer a sleeker style, you can fabricate your own privacy panels by building simple frames and fitting them with bright aluminum wire screening, which allows airflow but shields a deck from view.
You don't have to be handy to make simple privacy screens for your deck. For an economical and stylish premade privacy screen, purchase rolls of bamboo fencing from your home and garden center. To lend your deck a whimsical, summery look that allows you to customize your privacy levels, affix curtain rods to your deck's pergola or awning, and hang panels of cut and hemmed outdoor fabric to serve as drapes.
Simple trellises, which you can attach to box-style planters, serve as a great place to hang outdoor decorations. Add a bit of privacy and give your deck a whimsical vibe by hanging tea-light lanterns from the trellis and growing bushy, flowering annuals in the planter. If you go with latticework or trellises, choose matching wood or stain the pieces for a unified look. Recirculating fountains and water features encourage a peaceful environment and give you even more privacy by masking the sounds of conversation.
- HouseLogic: Deck Addition: Return on Investment
- This Old House: 10 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard
- Lowe's: Deck Privacy Screens
- HouseLogic: Five Deck Makeover Projects Under $300: 3. Put Up a Privacy Screen
- Home Depot: The Apron Blog: Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters
- Midwest Living: 26 Ideas to Dress Up Your Deck