Your yard is an extension of your home. It’s your private space to enjoy some peace and quiet or spend the weekend with friends and loved ones. Your yard, both front and back, should be well-equipped to fit your lifestyle. It should also afford as much or as little privacy as you consider necessary. Designing your yard to balance functionality, aesthetics, and privacy takes some planning, however. That’s why many homeowners in Toronto have found hiring a landscape design expert to be worth the investment. If you’re thinking about redesigning your yard to have more privacy, the following information can make the process easier.
Landscape Design Features for Privacy
- Strategically-placed Structures – You may already be looking into upgrading your yard with a gazebo, shed, playhouse, or garage. It’s important that your landscape design prioritizes high-quality craftsmanship and effective use of space. For the sake of privacy, it’s also important to place these structures in a way that shields your home and family from unwelcome eyes.
For example, many homeowners prefer to place their Toronto gazebo so that it obscures the back door and windows. You can see out, but others can’t easily see in. When building a front porch or patio, you can add a semi-enclosure to increase privacy.
- Trees and Hedges – Well-placed greenery can make a backyard more pleasant and aesthetically pleasing. Trees and hedges can also enhance your home’s privacy, provided you place them the right way. This is often referred to as a privacy screen; trees or shrubs that are planted just inside your property line.
Columnar evergreens work well for this because they don’t take up much space but still provide uniform cover. Bamboo is also popular, even in Toronto. It’s fast growing, provides evergreen cover, is tall, and is surprisingly inexpensive. Bamboo works especially well if you want to provide cover for a narrow space such as the front door.
Many homeowners also like to place shrubs so that they provide cover for windows, especially ones in sensitive areas like the bedroom are bathroom. It’s important to do this without making it difficult to see outside, however.
Be careful that your new plants don’t affect any structures that aren’t on your property. Placing trees too close together can also create long-term problems. Picking the right plants and placing them correctly is something that a Toronto landscape design expert can help with.
Landscape Design Considerations
Making your backyard more private is relatively simple. Doing it while maintaining your existing aesthetic and keeping in line with local building codes is more difficult. For example, you may want to build a relatively large shed or garage in order to maximize privacy. However, remember to keep in line with property setback requirements. You may get a call from the city if your neighbour thinks your new tool shed is too close to his or her property.
Some homeowners get around building codes by putting in prefabricated sheds or other structures. These are temporary, so give you a little leeway on placement. Still, it’s best not to let your landscape design cause potential problems with neighbours.
Who You Should Call
Getting your yard’s privacy right requires expert planning. You shouldn’t skimp on the help. In Toronto, thousands of homeowners trust M.E. Contracting. We do great work for the entire duration of the project, and our Toronto landscaping experts are some of the best in the business. We can help you select and place the plants and structures that will make your yard a more a private, functional, and beautiful place. We’re also 100% up on all the local regulations and building codes, so you won’t get any calls from the city! Call us today at 416-238-6700.