Adding some Privacy to your Open Deck

When my husband and I were looking at homes, that backyard was important to us. We didn’t need everything perfect right away, but we wanted to make sure that the yard and property was conducive to our overall plans.  While we wanted an open, deck porch or patio, we wanted a feeling of privacy at least in part of the space. While trees, shrubbery and other landscaping can play a major role in creating a private backyard, so can a structure. This deck and porch project from Columbus, OH is a great example of how to have private and open areas in one outdoor space.

Auborn Before (2)This existing deck didn’t have anything wrong with it. It provided the necessary space the owner’s need to both cook and eat outside, but they wanted a private area. The homeowners were looking to purchase a new hot tub, but didn’t want it out on the open deck. Rob Mitchell of Archadeck Outdoor Living, patio and deck builder in Columbus, designed and built the perfect solution.

Auborn Room Finished (4) Rob MitchellThe homeowners didn’t want to lose any of their existing deck space to a private area, so Rob recommended adding on to the space and creating an enclosed gazebo structure. The new space is essentially its own room for the hot tub!

Light and heat were two concerns for the new gazebo. While the hot tub is a place to relax and warm up, if the walls were completely enclosed the room would hold too much heat! To relieve heat concerns, Rob designed the upper half of the walls to be slatted. Additionally, windows with shutter shades were added to allow heat to go out.

Auborn Room Finished (2) Rob MitchellThe slatted walls and windows not only addressed the heat concerns, but also some of the light concerns. As you can see in the picture, light is able to come through the walls and windows. A large lighting fixture was added to the ceiling to provide adequate light at nighttime.

Patio and deck design should fit the needs of the homeowners. As the needs evolve and change, so can the space, just like this example. They didn’t need to tear down their existing deck. Instead, the outdoor living space was updated to add more privacy and the perfect “room” for their hot tub.

If you have questions on how to improve your outdoor living areas, please contact your local Archadeck Outdoor Living office.

Privacy fences and enclosures don’t need to be ugly any more – see some beautiful pictures!

When I think of privacy fences, for some reason the first thing that pops to my mind are those terrible walls that you see on the side of a highway which are likely created to contain the noise of the highway. If someone steers my thinking to a privacy fence for a hot-tub, I generally think of something that looks like 3 8-foot fence walls that are bought at Lowes or Home Depot and put together to create hot tub privacy on 3-walls.

At Archadeck of Austin, this is just one of their specialties. Take a look at some of these photos to dispel the myth that privacy fences and enclosures need to look functional. Functional can be really beautiful if designed right.

This hot tub enclosure is designed with a cover for shade, one privacy wall to hide the surrounding fence, two partially open sides, an adjoining bar, and an open side for easy access to the hot tub from the deck.

Here’s another view from the side.

Austin Hot Tub Enclosure

One of the nice things about the way they design privacy enclosures in the Austin office is they only put full privacy walls where needed. If you look at the back of this picture, you will only see a partial privacy wall. This privacy wall is designed to block only what they don’t want to see – which is over the barrier fence. The pergola provides a great structure to attach the partial privacy wall to.

Austin Pool Enclosure with Pergola

Austin Pool Enclosure with Pergola

One of the things that can make a privacy wall an eyesore is how it’s finished at the top. In Austin, they often finish the privacy walls with a pergola style top as you see here. This wall is a beautiful and very functional addition to the stone wall.

Austin Privacy Enclosure over Stone Wall

Austin Privacy Enclosure over Stone Wall

Archadeck of Austin Jim and Julie OdomArchadeck of Austin is owned by Jim and Julie Odom. Give them a call for composite decks, tigerwood decks, cedar decks, pressure-treated decks, flagstone patios, stained concrete patios, covered porches, front and back porches, or to build your own custom outdoor structure for your backyard.