Creating Privacy in your Backyard Oasis

Most of us like our neighbours well enough, but sometimes, you just want to be alone.  Whether it’s a private dinner for two al fresco, or a family barbecue for 20,  there’s no need to feel like you’re in a fish bowl.  If you’ve got privacy issues in your yard, Okanagan Yard Works is here to help with suggestions and ideas to create a more secluded space for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Build a Privacy Fence

Chain link fences do the trick when it comes to separating property lines, but don’t help much in terms of privacy.  Consider building a solid wood fence that will keep prying eyes at bay.  Choose from an unlimited selection of materials and colours to match your style and vibe.

Construct a Gazebo

A gazebo is a great way to create a separate space within your yard, and can be draped with curtains or adorned with plants in order to add even more privacy while also adding interest and colour.  Add some built in furniture or a water feature for a perfect escape.

Hedges and Shrubs

Hedges and shrubs can help to block the view of nosey neighbours and also add a great touch of green in your yard.  Be sure to choose varieties that will not grow too big for your space, and leave enough room in between them for them to spread out over the years.

Plant Trees

Planting full sized trees can be costly, but if you have a little patience, plant a row of fast-growing trees and give them a couple of years to thrive.  You’ll find there’s nothing better for a privacy screen than a beautiful birch or evergreen swaying in the wind.

Construct a Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens can grow literally anywhere, and can feature whatever type of greenery and plant life you’d like.  Add beauty and interest in your space while also blocking out your neighbour’s view of your yard.

Build a Lattice Wall

Much like the vertical garden, a lattice wall can be installed anywhere that you feel could use a little extra privacy – perhaps behind your hot tub or by your favourite reading nook.  A simple solution with instant results.

If you’re looking for smart ideas for added privacy on your property, call the pros at Okanagan Yard Works for a consultation.  We can help with everything from design to installation, making your backyard the secluded oasis you always wanted.

Are you ready to take the plunge?

This is the time of year when many homeowners finally jump in with both feet and decide to install a pool or hot tub in their yard.  Visions of family barbecues, umbrella drinks and casual pool side parties are very exciting for the entire family.

There’s a lot more to consider, however, than just the pool itself!  That’s because the pool is just the beginning of your backyard transformation.  Finishing it off with stonework, landscaping and fencing are important for both safety and aesthetics, and should be key components in planning and budgeting for your new addition.

Stonework

There are countless options for finishing your pool deck.  Natural stone, pavers or even poured concrete can be good solutions for creating a safe, non-slip area to enter and exit in ground pools and hot tubs.  Choose finishes with texture for grip and stability and avoid shiny or slick surfaces that could pose a hazard.  Ensure stonework is professionally installed so that the entire surround comes out level and there are no tripping concerns around your pool.

Decking

If you are installing an above-ground pool or hot tub, it’s a good idea to build decking around it both for visual appeal and comfort for entry and exit.  It also allows for a social area for those who may want to sit by the pool without actually getting in.

Lighting

Custom lighting in your landscape design is a great addition to allow for night time use of your property, and also adds interest and charm showing off not just your pool, but also any gardens or unique features in your yard as well.  Not only that, but it provides a safety function so that the pool area is clearly defined when it is dark outside.

Fencing

Fencing around your yard – and even around your pool if you have small children – is an absolute must.  Options are limitless – from wood privacy fences to wrought iron security gates, the sky is the limit.

Landscaping

Finishing off your yard with professional landscaping is the perfect way to complete your makeover.  Features such as shrubs, trees, waterfalls and stone retaining walls can help to add privacy, while planting flower gardens and installing grass provide colour and interest to your newly renovated space.

At Okanagan Yard Works, we provide custom landscaping solutions to create unique spaces for our clients.  If you’ve decided to install a pool or hot tub this year, give us a call for all of your stonework, decking, fencing, lighting and landscaping needs.