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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2017

how can I keep my neighbor on the hill from looking into my backyard.I already have privacy fence but tall enough

my neighbor is at the top of the hill and looks over my yard. I put up a privacy fence but they still see down is ther a way to put an angled extension so the cant see over the fence/?

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Generally fences over 6 to 10 feet tall (including any extensions) are called spite fences and are illegal between residential (as opposed to commercial) properties, so your alternatives are an enclosure around your house or patio which encloses it (might or might not work depending on neighbor's height above your house) but of course gives your house a courtyard appearance and blocks your view substantially, and can make your area damp and mossy.

If your fence is not to that point, yes there are extension arms that can be put on chain link fences and woven with privacy strip - and standard wood or vinyl fences and block walls can have lattice or similar privacy toppings or extensions put on them, up to the legal height limit - images of examples here -

Large patio umbrella(s) or a pergola can selectively screen certain areas like a patio or deck also, as can putting a screened enclosure around your porch or patio or such, or even just privacy mesh (which also serves as insect screening) around a patio lounge chair or such. Or for a pool, an entire pool enclosure - though of course you are getting into real bucks for that.

Otherwise, a higher barrier at the fence with vegetation - dawn redwood, thulia, arbor vitae, some cypresses and many other types of trees, installed as about 6 footers or higher, typically (in climates suitable to them) grow 2-5 feet a year so fairly quickly make a tall barrier. Though note there have been court cases in California where a landowner successfully made his neighbor top his trees because they were blocking his view - so in a nasty neighbor situation it might come down to a fight between your privacy against his.

Another alternative, depending on how wide a viewing alley you want to block, building another structure as close to the property line as you can might do it - a shed with tented play deck on top or a large kids playset with solid or tight mesh backing for instance. Sometimes, as long as it is not over about 100-120SF in plan area and you keep it the required distance from the common property line (commonly 5 or 10 feet), itmahy not even need a building permit.

Another more expensive alternative becoming more common and popular in high-end neighborhoods and by celebrities is buying the adjacent overlooking properties, and unless you are real rich and can afford to leave it vacant or use it as a guest house (or tear it down andleave the property vacant), rent it out with lease restrictions prohibiting any viewing or photography of your property and prohibiting any access to the press is becoming more common, along with putting up (as the landlord, before renting it) obstructing walls or visible barrier fences or densely growing year-around vegetation planted arbors or such on THAT property to block visibility of your house. In some cases permanent deed restrictions or covenants requiring maintenance of such visibility barriers and prohibiting any construction or furniture which would obviate the function of the visibility barriers are put on the title - in which case you can then resell the property with those restrictions staying as part of the title - possibly with an easement for maintenance by YOU of the barrier if it is living vegetation rather than a wall or such, though maintaining it can be part of the covenants too. I have even heard of such houses where the windows and doors facing the celebrity's property were built over to remove overlooking views - with the lease prohibiting any construction of windows or doors or such which would overlook your property. Course, that is an extreme solution - might be about as easy and cheap to just buy that house(or the highest one in the area) and move there - or buy a house that sits in the middle a LARGE lot or one a lot of rural acreage and move there for privacy - that is fairly common for retirees seeking peace and quiet.

Here is a related previous question with answer about privacy - mostly duplication of above but might be of worth a look:

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Is your outdoor living space elevating your quality of life?If not, it's time to see what our experienced fence builders in Calgary can do for your home.We help homeowners create comfortable yet functional decks, fences, pergolas, retaining walls and carports.


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