Ideas for a Privacy Fence & Deck

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Choosing the right kind of privacy fence is always a challenge. A privacy fence should be able to maintain openness and blend into the environment while giving the home owner a sense of comfort and privacy in their own yard. When the fence will be combined with a deck, a little creativity is needed to make some less conventional privacy fence options blend into the overall outdoor decor.

Traditional

  • A chain link fence is always an affordable option for a yard fence and can provide further privacy through the use of slats that slide between the chain links. When connecting a fence to a deck, a wooden fence is perhaps the most popular option because it gives a seamless transition from yard to deck. A wooden fence can provide various levels of privacy depending on the spacing and style of the boards used. Board and post types provide the greatest amount of privacy when boards are places close together. A standard picket board can be used, or straight boards. A plain straight fence can be dressed up with a lattice peep level at the top that has the added advantage of making it appear less closed-off. Louvered fences, where boards are placed in an offset fashion, give a peek inside the yard only from certain angles to the illusion of openness. All of these wooden types of fences can also be found in vinyl. While it is the most expensive option, vinyl provides a low maintenance version of these traditional favorites.

Bamboo and Reed

  • A reed or bamboo fence is an interesting alternative that provides effective privacy without the expense of a traditional wooden fence. The colors are similar to wood, which means that the transition from yard to deck can be fairly seamless. The materials are generally less durable than wood, which is something to be considered for those is harsh or snowy climates. For the greatest longevity, these fences are installed in the same fashion as post and board fences, with posts buried in concrete underground and fencing fastened onto crossbeams. Remember, reed and bamboo can not be used as the primary fencing on a raised deck because it does not provide the safety necessary to protect those on the deck from falls. Reed sheets can instead be fastened to individual screens that can be moved around the yard and deck as needed for parties or simply for sunbathing in private.

Natural Elements

  • Using fencing in conjunction with natural elements is one of the most attractive options for privacy. While most climbing plants can grow up any fence, a lattice fence is most popular for mixing plant life with fencing. Climbing plants like wisteria, clematis or ivy can be planted along the base of the lattice and trained to climb through the woodwork. A number of trees and bushes can provide additional privacy. Arborvitae and highbush cranberry are some hearty and attractive trees that tend to grow up instead of out. They provide excellent cover when planted in front of a fence and don't require much yard space to grow. Planting floras or trees in decorative pots on the deck provides both privacy and ornamentation. These natural privacy screens leave plenty of light shining through, giving an open and airy feeling to a backyard habitat.

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