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It might not seem like it now, what with the weather being what it is, but there will come a time in the not too distant future (I promise) when it’s possible to be outside without freezing yourself to death. We’ve enjoyed some splendid spring and summer months in the UK in recent years, and we’re all hopeful that it’s going to continue for a long time, right?
When the sunshine rolls around, you want to be able to sit in your garden and soak up that vitamin D in peace. Alas, the ‘in peace’ part isn’t always possible, if your garden is overlooked (or if you have kids, but that’s a post for a different time. I’ve talked about my dream home improvements before, so let’s take a look at a few useful tips to make your garden more private.
Where You’re Sitting
First thing’s first: are you sitting in the right area? There’s no law that says you need to put your garden furniture within arm’s reach of your back door. If that’s the part of the garden that’s most on display, then move it to a more private corner. Of course, you’ll need to think about things like trees, sunlight, and so on, but looking at your furniture positioning with a critical lens is the first step.
Fill It Out
It’s unlikely that anyone really is spying on you, but part of the reason we feel that this is the case when we’re sunbathing, or whatever, is because we feel so on display. As such, it’s a good idea to “fill out” your garden with more items so that you’re not the only thing anyone would see if they looked your way. Adding plants, children’s play areas, or fountain areas will all help you to blend in with the surroundings.
Around the Edge
It’s always pretty awkward when you’re just having a conversation in your garden, and you look over, and you can see your neighbour just standing there in their own garden. You have to have a little chat, even when you don’t want to. So let’s make sure that there’s no opportunity for unwanted eye contact by blocking the view altogether. For this, you have two options. The first is to buy some wooden fencing from George Hill Timber, and add a fence to the perimeter of your garden. The second is to add a hedge, and block out the view that way. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel much less on display if no-one can see in.
If the fence or hedge takes care of people at eye level, then a covered area can do something for the people who may be able to look down on your private garden time from the upstairs windows of their homes. In this instance, a covered area will work perfectly. Now, they do require you to put in some more work, and you’ll also need to find a style that fits with the overall theme of your home, but they’re very effective!
Take the tips above, and you’ll be able to sunbathe and relax in peace!
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