Backyard privacy ideas???

I am having new concrete, new chain link fencing, and a hot tub put in my back yard. My issue is I would like to have viewing privacy from my immediate neighbors on either side. Obviously you can see through chain link fence, so i am trying to think of a creative and attractive idea to give me privacy in my new back yard.

I don't want to use those ugly aluminum slats that go through the fence, and I don't want to do it with any plants of any sort. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

floppysoles's picture

Move to Montana

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c0llins's picture

Find me a high speed train that will get me from Montana to my job in Philly and I might take that into consideration!

I found these outdoor bamboo sheets at home depot. I should be able to wire tie them right to my chain link, and they look pretty nice and are relatively inexpensive.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&R=100631151&catEntryId=100631151

Any better/more creative ideas?

lilroja's picture

What about a wood fence instead?
There is a side lot at Thompson and Berks that has a fake green grass sort of style going on. Similar to the bamboo. It's been there a few years and still looks new so it holds up well.

MK's picture

I covered my chain link fence with reed fencing..cheap and looks good. I secured it with flower wire - thin, strong and easy to work with...search reed fence at Home Depot for a visual

Lauraska's picture

But also keep in mind that they'll just be able to go up to their second floor rear windows to see what you're doing in that hot tub. Just sayin'...

Susquehanna's picture

MK wrote:
I covered my chain link fence with reed fencing..cheap and looks good. I secured it with flower wire - thin, strong and easy to work with...search reed fence at Home Depot for a visual

Yeah, you'll have to do this to keep it from blowing down. My buddy did it half-assed and it blew over with strong wind. And I second that Berks and Thompson fence. I've admired how that looks.

I've never understood the backyard hot tub. My old next door neighbor had one. Maybe in it 4x a year.

Susquehanna's picture

Lauraska wrote:
But also keep in mind that they'll just be able to go up to their second floor rear windows to see what you're doing in that hot tub. Just sayin'...

I thought the same thing. I'm cursed with one neighbor with all side-facing windows into my yard. If they want to see my fatbutt drinking G&Ts in a kiddie pool, so be it

Kenzo's picture

Invite the neighbors to your hottub, then you don't have to worry about them looking at your hottub.

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c0llins's picture

The reed fencing is a lot cheaper than the bamboo, but its the same concept. I'll have to look at both in person to sort it out. Thanks for the tip MK.

c0llins's picture

lilroja wrote:
What about a wood fence instead?
There is a side lot at Thompson and Berks that has a fake green grass sort of style going on. Similar to the bamboo. It's been there a few years and still looks new so it holds up well.

I want the chain link because I'm pouring new concrete, and can put the posts deep in the ground, and chain link lasts forever. Wood has too much maintenance that I'm too lazy to deal with right now. :) I can replace the bamboo or reed panels every few years if need be. But replacing an entire permanent fence is expensive.

lighterthief's picture

flaunt it bro... you know the neighbors are dying to watch you get it on in the tub... why deny them their fun!
J/K but you can do a wood fence on metal posts like my back fence... it's just 2x6's cut to look like a stockade bolted to the metal posts, cheaper and stronger than the store bought wood fence. i left mine natural but if you oil stain it it will last long and need little to no maintenance, save you money and time over bamboo in the long run. Check it out next time you come over I know I grow evil green stuff all over it but you don't have to.

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KingDingAling's picture

You're going about this all wrong. What you need to do is invite your older fat uncle who I'm going to call Tony and assume he's a nudist. You invite him over and allow him free range of your hot tub for a week or so. The hairy unsightly sight of Uncle Orca should no doubt keep prying eyes from prying. Once he's secured your hot tub you can then enjoy it in peace and harmony with your inner feelings and thoughts. No need to thank me, thanks aren't needed.

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jbette01's picture

My parents put up a wood fence in 1978 that is still standing. Needs restaining every 7 years or so, but looks a hell of a lot better than chain link.

Otherwise, my landlord put in pieces of stockade fencing in front of the chain link and stained it. I actually think it provides more privacy and is a little more sturdy than the reed. Doesnt sound like you have a green thumb, but the stockade fencing allows for hanging baskets, light fixtures, etc.

th's picture

If you really want the reed fence to block the neighbors vision, you will need to double it.

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c0llins's picture

Thank you all for the input. I will explore the wood fencing idea and if the cost isn't more I will consider it. Something tells me the wood will cost more though, and I am at my borrowing maximum for this project right now!

jbette: I definitely do not have a green thumb. My past experience with plants has involved lots of bugs and pests, so I generally don't have any sort of plant life on my property or in my home. I love the way plants look, but for me it's not a good match.

rinobio's picture

I U-Bolted sections of wood fence over the cyclone fence by the poles its been fine for some time.