Living in suburbia can be a delightful experience – lovely tree-lined streets, neatly mowed lawns, colorful flower beds and beautifully landscaped gardens. But as much as you may love your neighbors, sometimes you crave a little more privacy than the three-foot-tall wooden fence that surrounds your backyard. Sure you could plant a tree and wait for it to grow, but how do you solve the problem now? That’s where privacy walls can make a huge difference.
Privacy Walls Serve Many Purposes
At Creative Concepts and Design, we build lots of privacy walls for patios, decks, and pergolas. We call them architectural screen walls. Keep in mind that if you want to build a wall on a deck that is over 30″ from grade it needs to meet the same guardrail side load requirements as handrails on the deck. Safety first! Privacy walls are becoming very popular. They not only create a wonderful visual screen, but they can serve as sun blocks as well. In the fall, when the weather gets crisp, they make great wind screens too. The addition of a privacy wall also creates a plethora of decorative opportunities. Walls provide more options for staging your area with furniture, sconce lighting, string lights, hanging plants and more. We can even design it with lights inside the wall to give it depth! It’s no wonder more and more homeowners are requesting privacy walls.
Choose from a Wide Variety of Privacy Walls
The other great thing about privacy walls is the variety of choices you have. If you’re considering a privacy wall, first you must decide its purpose. If you want complete privacy, we can build a solid wall. If you’d like a bit more openness, we can build it to cover only half or three quarters of the height or make it lattice or woven. Privacy walls can be made of wood, composite, metal deco panels, glass, fabric, ornamental iron, and masonry. They can even be living walls that let the plants create the visual barrier. There are many choices, so take a look at these privacy wall options and get some inspiration.
Architectural Screen Wall Options
Architectural screen walls come in many different styles. Some of the most popular include horizontal, vertical, louvered, woven, Chevron, shadow box, and Japanese. Check out the photos below and search Google for more photo examples of privacy walls to see what’s available.
Open Slat Walls
These walls create privacy on your deck or around a hot tub keeping prying eyes out. They can be added to a deck or as an extension of a pergola. Wooden walls blend nicely with existing wood structures and can be stained to match for a natural look.
Woven Wood Walls
Woven wood walls offer a bit more privacy and add an element of interest. Any wood walls can be as tall as you like. Three-quarter walls provide the privacy needed, but don’t make you feel quite so completely cut off from the other side. The wall below offers the perfect wind screen in the fall to enjoy the cozy fire pit.
Double Privacy Walls
If you live in a neighborhood with neighbors close by on both sides, you may want to consider a privacy wall on more than one side of your deck. Our customers below added one on each end of their deck to ensure their privacy.
Versatile Rolling Barn Door Privacy Walls
There’s no limit to the kind of privacy walls you can create. We built this rolling barn door style wall on their pergola to give them options. They can open the doors and slide them apart, or move them both to one side to block the sun wherever it is.
Metal Privacy Walls
Metal privacy walls come in a variety of patterns from geometric to leaves to scrollwork. You can choose from many different colors and combinations. We like the metal half-wall behind the outdoor kitchen.
Green Privacy Walls
Living walls are all the rage. Not only do these walls provide privacy, they blend in nicely with the outdoors. You can create your own green wall using vines that grow from the ground like a trellis, or attach hanging baskets to create a green screen. But there are also manufacturers who build living walls that serve as privacy screens. These walls come with complete systems built in to keep the plants watered and fed. Keep in mind that the amount of sunlight your wall receives will dictate the kind of plants you can grow. Click the link for more plant wall ideas.
As you can see, the sky’s the limit when it comes to privacy wall options. At Creative Concepts and Design, if you can imagine it, we can help you design it and build it. Let us show you all of your options. You’ll be amazed. We’d love to hear your deck ideas – the more creative, the better!