In the age of social media, it can seem that barely any of our lives are private anymore. From people uploading picture of what they ate for breakfast, to live-streaming the birth of their child (yep, that has really happened!) privacy is almost a foreign word to us now. However, if there’s one place you should be able to be private, it’s your home. There’s nothing better than spending time with your partner and kids, without the prying eyes of any nosy neighbours. If you’re feeling slightly overlooked, take a look at these helpful hints to bring privacy back into your home and garden.
Don’t move somewhere that is overshadowed
If you are still looking for your perfect home, it’s important to remember this at your viewings. Living in an increasing population, new houses are springing up on every corner and we’re more packed in than ever. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to feel as though you and your neighbours are practically living on top of each other. If the house opposite is a little too close for comfort, go with you gut instinct and move somewhere else. Or, if your current neighbours are planning an extension which you feel would overlook you, you can contact your local council to oppose the planning permission.
Invest in some good blinds
When it comes to dressing your windows, blinds and shutters are a practical and stylish solution. Take the current design of your home into consideration when choosing your window style. Venetian blinds are great for putting a modern twist on your property, or thick shutters can give you a European vibe. If you like your rooms to be as dark as possible and protected from the glare of streetlamps, consider choosing blackout blinds for your home.
Get creative with topiary
No, we don’t mean carving a swan out of your hedge or anything. But, if you do feel like your neighbours are peering over your fence a little more often than you would like, large hedges can be a great solution. If you already have an existing age, treat it regularly with supplements that promote growth and get it trimmed. For those of us who don’t have a ready-made hedge, waiting for one to grow can be a little painstaking – but it is worth it in the end! Ensure that when you plant your hedge it is more towards your side of the boundary line. That way, you won’t get any complaints from your neighbours about the hedge growing into their garden.
Install an outbuilding
More of us than ever are making the most of hot summers by entertaining in our gardens. But if you feel as though you and your friends are being watched through the windows, it can be a little unsettling. For this reason, investing in a summerhouse can be a great addition to your garden. Many these days are well insulated, spacious and stylish. You can also request a bespoke design for a summer house that fits perfectly into your garden.