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It was not that long ago that front porches were popular hangouts where people waved to their neighbors as they drank their morning coffee and friends gathered to share the latest news and gossip.

Modern conveniences like air conditioning, television sets, and computers have provided increasingly interesting activities that are more easily enjoyed inside.

With everyone's lives getting busier we are interacting less on the front porch and we are accustomed to parking our cars in the garage and slipping into the house unnoticed. Sad, but true!

While there are some neighborhoods where neighbors still chat over the fence and exchange trays of cookies at Christmas, front porches are now largely going unused. Sure, we hang a few plants, keep them perfectly painted, and make sure they look welcoming as they serve their purposes of enhancing our home’s curb appeal.

A lot of home designs today don't even have a front porch where we can gather. They are merely an entrance and area to drop our packages. Before Amazon there was a long period of time that we weren't even going to the front porch.

With homes being built closer and closer together, it is easy to feel like you’re living in a fish bowl. Houses are being built much larger, but the opposite is true for the lots! With our busy schedules and lives we would like to retreat to the privacy and tranquility of our backyards where we could enjoy undisturbed outdoor living, well, at least we would like to.

Fortunately, there are a lot of clever and attractive ways to create privacy in your yard, or on your deck. Whether you have a small or large budget, you can get creative with these yard privacy tips and potentially create your very own personal retreat!

Free hanging shutters and panels can bring an architectural style as well as a lot of privacy to a patio or deck. You can have these painted or stained to match your home's exterior and your patio's decor.

Outdoor fireplaces have become very popular and taken the place of a lot of circular fire pits. This is a perfect way to create ambiance, warmth and a beautiful privacy screen.

Adding draperies and a rug is one of my favorite ways to create a living room outdoors. A tip here is to use shower curtains for draperies. They can easily handle the weather and wash up nicely at the end of the season.

Look how they blocked a power line and road behind this porch screen above. Not only is it beautiful but it can help cut down on some of the noise.

Flowers, trees, and landscape are the perfect way to build privacy for your yard. The challenge is it's not a quick fix. It takes time to grow and get the height or density you might need for privacy.

American Arborvitae is a popular tree hedge that can grow 40' to 60' tall.

Here are some popular perennial plants that are good for privacy screens.

Many flower hedges can start as small individual shrubs but grow into large hedges. Just make sure you plant them in a place where they have plenty of room to grow.

If you really think about it there is no one that goes to buy a house and says, " I sure hope I can see right into my neighbors yard."

Everyone wants to have an area that they can relax or entertain and not worry about the watchful eyes of neighbors. Therefore, investing in creating this area in your yard will only help with the desirability of your home if you ever decide to sell. Need help with ideas for transforming your own private space in the back yard or want to know what your return on investment would be if you do? I would love to help. Call me and we can brainstorm some ideas for your sweet home~sweet life.

Sweet Home ~ Sweet Life


Stacey Willis
Lifestyle Realtor





Stacey Willis | Westfield Indiana Realtor

Hi, I'm Stacey! Welcome the Sweet Home Sweet Life Blog. This is a place for me to share real estate and interior design advice, plus a little behind the scenes. Come say hi >

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