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October 21, 2022

5 Ways To Add Privacy To Your
New England Deck

Is Your Outdoor Living Area Making You Feel Exposed?
We Have Tips To Help You Out!

At Solid State Construction, we know many homes in the New England area are graced with beautiful yards and fabulous outdoor living spaces. However, some homes are built close to others, leaving little privacy when out on your deck. 

When the weather is nice, no one wants to be cooped up inside, so you need to find a way to feel comfortable outdoors.

However, without privacy, spending time outside may not sound appealing. After all, no one wants to feel like they are being spied on by neighbors. Feeling open and vulnerable can easily make you and your guests uncomfortable.

So, instead of constantly worrying about looking presentable or having to talk in a whisper when trying to relax, here are five ways to add some privacy to your New England deck.

1. Buy An Outdoor Privacy Screen

Privacy screens are a fantastic option when it comes to creating some personal space. The best part is there are so many options to choose from you can find a style that fits your aesthetic. Wooden, metal, balcony, and roll-up shade styles add much-needed privacy.

With so many options available, you don’t need to commit to one look permanently – instead, you can switch out screens according to the season or as a refresher. In addition to functionality, privacy screens can add a lot of character to your deck.

Privacy screens are also great options because of their ability to be moved around. Mobile screens are easy to adjust on your deck as you see fit. Depending on where you’re sitting on your deck, you may opt to move your screen to better block yourself from the rest of the world.

2. Choose Thicker Railing Posts

Some styles of railings, including thinner metal horizontal posts, look nice but probably won’t give your deck much privacy. Whether you prefer vertical posts or horizontal slats to line your deck, remember this: the thicker the better.

With a rail-lined deck, your neighbors or anyone in the yard will have a hard time seeing exactly what you’re doing. Plus, it’s easier to stack outdoor equipment or hang plants off railings, creating even more privacy.

As a bonus, you can install a tall privacy fence bordering your deck for maximum privacy coverage. Six-foot tall fence slats will keep wandering eyes out and give you and your family all the outdoor privacy you need.

3. Plant A Wall Of Shrubs Or Trees

Planting shrubbery, trees, or tall grasses around your deck can give you privacy. Using plants as a barrier will give your deck a natural, woodsy vibe that will draw you outside and provide some lovely shade in the hotter months!

Planting bamboo around the perimeter of your deck will also give you plenty of privacy. However, be aware that bamboo grows quickly and can easily get out of control, taking over your yard. If it’s tended to often, it makes for a lovely outdoor setting.

Plants are subtle enough that they provide privacy without calling attention. Your neighbors might think you just love nature instead of wanting to distance yourself from their yards.

4. Invest In Planters For The Deck

Planters and pots can make excellent homes for flowers, herbs, and other outdoor plants. With their mobility and beauty, planters and pots are easy to move in order to create privacy where and when you need it.

This is an excellent option if you don’t want to enclose the deck fully, but still want some privacy. There are many planters on the market to choose from, ranging in all different sizes, allowing you to get the perfect amount of privacy you need.

Planting your outdoor plants in pots, as opposed to the ground, allows you to switch out the plants as much as you want. Instead of committing to long-term, ground-planted shrubbery or trees, deck plants are interchangeable and easy to hide behind.

5. Add Outdoor Curtains Or Shades

Curtains and shades are not just for windows anymore. Curtains and shades specifically made for the outdoors can withstand rain and weather. These make a great option because the level of privacy is up to you.

It’s easy to adjust curtains or shades, blocking out just the right amount of sunlight on your deck. These can protect you from light rain or your neighbors, and like the planters or privacy screens, they can be easily swapped out based on your tastes.

Outdoor curtains can also bring color into your outdoor living space, brightening up the browns and grays typically associated with decking. It’s also easy to install a tall frame around your deck to hang the curtains or shades, making it look clean, comfortable, and inviting.

Choose An Experienced New England Company
For Your Next Deck Build

At Solid State Construction, we want to expand your New England home’s living space to the great outdoors with a new deck. Our state-of-the-art decking materials can provide long-lasting results that you’ll surely enjoy for years to come. 

Our highly-skilled installers not only work to code, we treat our customers with the utmost professionalism, ensuring you receive the best deck you can. 

Contact us today for a free consultation!