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Question DetailsAsked on 10/30/2014

I need a privacy solution for my back yard

I live in a tract house and the second story windows of the house next door look into my back yard. For the past ten years since the neighbors moved in, I have not felt comfortable in my own yard, much less using my swimming pool. Code doesn't allow us to build a structure like a patio cover close to the wall. It's all cement except for a planter box along the wall. In the past I have bought the biggest patio umbrellas I could find and lined them up along the wall. We get high winds here, and they just get thrashed, not to mention we have to remember to go put them down when it's going to be windy or they'll end up in the pool. I would really like to find an attractive solution that is not an affront to my neighbors but solves this problem.. It seems the landscape designers do gardens, irrigation, hardscape, etc but this is "out of the box". We just had the pool remodeled and it would be nice to use it! Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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Possible solutions - you will have to talk to planning and zoning about some of them to see if legal, and how hiogh you can go:

1) plant say 10-15' tall fast-growing trees along your side of the property line - dawn redwood, thulia, others can grow several feet per year from about second year on - though that introduces permanent shade perhaps that can kill your grass, plus provides debris to go in the pool

2) gazebo / pagoda on neighbor's side of your pool - either permanent rigid (like metal poles and fiberglass top), or the few hundred dollar fabric ones from boxstores - some of which look and work quite well, then install guy ropes so they will survive the winds (watch out for tripping hazards and hitting pool electric/piping with anchors)

3) wide awning tilted to block neighbor's view - again, rigid installation or guyed

4) bathing shelter like used at resorts - basically individual partial-enclosure "tents" with roll-up sides all around to let air or sun in only where you want

5) full pool enclosure screening - there are privacy/insect screens which pretty well block vision but not all light

6) build a shed or poolhouse that is high enough to block view of the pool, if there is roomon that side

7) build as high a fence as is legal right at the edge of the pool deck, so it screens everything on that side of the deck from the windows (you would have to check line of sight, but commonly a 6-8 foot fence will do this). Could be wood fence, vinyl, or fabric like is used at resorts and hotels - though they commonly use them for blowing sand or plant debris control.

Professional for this solution would be an Architect for design if needed, or a Pool or Awning dealer - they have scads of catalogs of pool awnings, covers, shelters, etc

In each case, you need to check code restrictions, as well as what the solution does to your sunlight exposure during the time of day you would be using the pool

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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