You may love your friends and neighbors, but that doesn’t mean you want your home and yard to be an open book. This goes double if you’re a parent of small children and are concerned about their privacy as well as your own. Most modern homes aren’t designed to maximize privacy, so some upgrades here and there are necessary to make them feel as safe and secure as possible. Luckily there are many simple home renovations you can do to improve your sense of privacy while at home.
Here are three simple renovations we’ve found that will increase your family’s sense of privacy while at home.
1. Curtains, Blinds, and Shutters
One of the easiest and overall cheapest renovations you can do is installing or upgrading blinds and/or curtains over your windows. Whether you go with blinds or curtains is really up to your style preference, but trust us when we say your neighbors will be thankful you finally put them up, especially if you’ve been living without for some time.
If you’re not loving the look of blinds or curtains, you can also consider installing shutters on the outside of your home. Shutters are a great alternative to interior curtains or blinds, and while you’re looking into them, you can also consider fixing or upgrading your home’s siding. In fact, U.S. demand for siding is expected to rise 3.1% each year through 2021 — all the way to 101.5 million squares.
2. Tint, Frost, or Glaze Windows
Some of your home’s windows may be awkwardly placed or sized, making blinds and curtains less than ideal. Tinting, frosting, and glazing are all options that remove or lower the visibility of the inside of the home while still allowing light through the glass. This is also a good solution if you’re not a fan of placing drapes or blinds over your windows.
Between 2 and 3 million temporary restraining orders go into effect in the United States each year. Lowering or even removing the option to see the inside of the home from the exterior may even help keep those inside a bit safer. If you’re still concerned about your safety, contact your local police department.
3. Put Up a Privacy Fence
Privacy isn’t just for your home itself — it can also extend to your backyard activities. An estimated 80-90% of the applications zoning committee experts in the U.S. receive are for outdoor privacy fences. Fences are a great way to create a visual break in your outdoor space and separate your property from the green space belonging to your neighbors. Privacy fences in particular are fantastic for keeping eyes off of your family’s outdoor activities.
Before you decide to install a fence, however, you may need permission from your local HOA. Be sure to stay within all height and placement requirements when building your fence and hire a fencing contractor for best results. You can also look into other solid fencing styles and decide which fits your aesthetic the best while still giving you the privacy your want.
The Bottom Line
Privacy is something that many people take for granted, but for those of us concerned about privacy, a few small upgrades can make a world of difference. If you’re looking to increase your family’s sense of privacy while at home, be sure to contact the right professionals and get estimates for the work needed. Simple upgrades such as installing blinds or curtains, tinting or frosting windows, installing shutters, or putting up a privacy fence around your backyard will vastly increase your sense of safety and privacy while in your home.