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6 Privacy Screens Solutions To Keep Your Home Hidden From Your Neighbours

Australia’s real estate is a booming industry. And while properties tend to go bigger and higher while plot sizes decrease in size, there is also a huge tendency for your privacy to be compromised. 

According to lawsociety.com.au, in NSW, “there is no legal right to public privacy so, if a neighbour can see into your backyard, they’re allowed to look at or listen to what’s going on.  Besides asking your neighbour to stop, one thing you can do is to try to block their view by building a higher fence”.  

Of the two options, the one that will put you in better control of your privacy is building a higher fence. However, there are council restrictions around boundary fencing height that might limit what you can do. On the other hand, the installation of a privacy screen is also a suitable alternative to block your neighbours. To help you decide what is the best privacy solution that can keep you away from the prying eyes of your neighbours, we’ve put together a list of natural materials that can be used as privacy screens. 

1. Bamboo Rod Privacy Screen

Black Bamboo Screen Behind Deckchair

For privacy screen solutions that don’t block the view, bamboo rod privacy screen is your best choice. It provides the privacy you need while allowing light to filter through and can easily be removed when needed. It can also be used to add more height to your existing fence and the concealed stainless steel binding at its core makes it a suitable option for coastal properties exposed to the elements.

Usesproperty fence, pool fence, or privacy screen

2. Slatted Screens

Outdoor Area With Natureed and Laminated Bamboo Slats

A great alternative to bamboo rod screens, slatted bamboo timber screens will give a clean and contemporary look to your fencing. Elegant and eco-friendly, these screens can be used for a range of purposes including pool certification, privacy screens or to hide unsightly elements such as garbage bins and air conditioning units.      

Usesstandalone screening, horizontal or vertical installation, fencing and pool certification

3. Bamboo Poles

Contemporary Bathroom Featuring Architectural Bamboo Poles

Bamboo poles are available in a variety of diameters and lengths, making them a versatile privacy screen solution.  

Usestemporary or permanent screening for events, interior design, and landscaping

4. Outdoor Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo blinds are a very popular interior design feature but they can also be used outside as a versatile privacy screening solution. This is a functional and stylish solution that does not block the light or air flow and comes with the convenience of being adjustable at any time. 

Usesindoor and outdoor use, fits traditional and contemporary homes

5. Natureed®

Natureed Cladding and Bamboo Decking

Our trademarked product Natureed® has been used for decades by landscape designers such as Jamie Durie and Brendan Moar. Crafted from the finest quality water reeds, Natureed® contains up to 50% more reeds than similar products on the market. It is a natural water reed with a reddish hue, similar to merbau and bound with stainless steel. Extremely durable, it’s naturally resistant to water and termites. Fit for any use, whether indoors or outdoors and extremely lightweight, Natureed® can easily be attached to existing structures making it an ideal material to achieve pool certification quickly.

Usesboundary fence, pool certification, shading or privacy screen

6. Decorative Screens

Round Square and Through Bamboo Planters

Add privacy right into your home without sacrificing design and aesthetics. If what you need is a beautiful addition to your property, you can take advantage of decorative screens that also work as shading solutions.    

Usesoutdoor screening, gardens, pools, landscaping.

Whether you have found the right solution to your privacy needs or are still unsure what option would be best suited to your space, call us on 1300 665 703 or fill this form to discuss your project and our Design Consultants will help you pick the ideal solution to make your home feel more private.

  

Thinking Outside The Box – Privacy Screens

You once had a wonderfully private property. Until…

  • Trees were cut down
  • Your neighbours renovated or built a new home
  • A new development just popped up
  • You don’t really get along with your neighbours and would prefer to not see them…

Most people think that adding a privacy screen would increase the height of the existing fence for a quick fix but the problem is twofold…

  1. The screen would need to be so large that it would require major construction to withstand wind.
  2. Council regulations restrict heights and widths.

State legislation and local planning laws

You should always check with your local council before making changes to your property but the below rules are generally enforced throughout Australia

  • A front fence has restrictions in height as do boundary fences. As a guide, boundary fences usually have a restriction of 1.8m. In NSW for example, boundary fences are covered by the Dividing Fences Act of 1991. You can read more from NSW Government, Planning & Environment here 
  • Privacy screens can often only be 2.5m in height from ground level and be set to a minimum of 900mm from your boundary fence. They must also be a maximum length of 5 metres wide and between 1.7m – 2.2m in height if attached to a balcony, deck, patio terrace or verandah.

Case Study

A client came to us wanting screening to hide the building next door and also be pool boundary fence compliant for the new pool they built. 

Site Challenges: The size of the building next door meant the privacy screen needed to be at least 3.2m in height. The site was extremely difficult to work with because of the difficult access and narrow space, plus obstructive piping meant there was not much room for footings. 

Solution: Cottesloe bamboo timber screens were redesigned to meet pool compliance for boundary fencing yet keep the louvred aesthetic that client liked. New posts were erected to cater for 3.2m height and the modular screening was attached to the posts.  Privacy was achieved from the large block of flats that looked into the property and pool compliance was achieved. The slatted design meant air flow could still circulate assisting with the wind load creating a lovely backdrop to the pool.

3m tall laminated bamboo pool fence

The textured finish and teak oil finish of the slatted screen also works as a stylish background for the barbecue area that perfectly compliments the modern look of the space.

Click here to find out more about our wide range of fencing and screening options or here if you need pool certification fast and get in touch with our Design Consultants to discuss your project.

  

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