Home & garden improvements that provide more privacy for your family

Having your own personal space is a huge deal, especially when it comes to homes. Ensuring privacy for your family gives them peace of mind and a calm feeling of safety. Here are some simple home improvement ideas that'll help...

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Whether it’s through your front windows or even over your garden fences, it’s never a bad idea to be more cautious of prying eyes. So, why not create a serene sanctuary that shields you and your family from any disturbances? Let’s take a look at some of the best home improvement tips that will provide you with more privacy.

Try different window treatments or coverings

Peering through windows is one of the most common ways for strangers to look into your home. Whether it’s just nosiness or to size up your home for a potential burglary, it’s important that you prevent people from peeping in and protect your privacy.

One of the best ways to achieve this is to opt for window treatments that can add more privacy to your home. This means installing blinds, shades, new curtains, or even thick drapes. If you’re serious about your security and privacy, then it’s worth it to try blackout blinds because they’re a major deterrent to anyone who tries to peer into your home. They’re thick, durable, and they won’t let any light through, making your home a calmer place to relax and sleep.

Many of these window treatments and coverings can also be used to add a touch of style to your home. It’s important that you don’t compromise on personal style and interior design when you improve your privacy, but luckily, you won’t need to with the majority of these improvements.

Use privacy fencing to protect your outdoor space

One of the more worrying things about home privacy is that your gardens are often in full view of anyone who’s higher up – front and back. For example, people could peer down at your backyard from a hill, they could look down on the patio from an apartment building, or even have a view into the garden from your neighbour’s house.

If you’re worried about someone looking into your backyard or even your outdoor spaces, how about getting fencing installed that focuses on privacy? You could add a privacy screen like the one I upcycled from pallets below and use my project as a way to improve the privacy around your deck or patio. It’s a great way to transform your outdoor spaces into more secluded and tranquil areas, it provides extra space for pretty planting and gives you a simple yet effective way to boost the privacy of your home.

You can also mix landscaping and greenery with your fences to create a more coherent outdoor space that still protects your privacy. You can combine tall shrubs, trees, or even climbing vines – we’ve got hops growing up our trellis – to further obscure vision and enhance the overall privacy of your backyard without ruining its natural beauty.

Just like with window treatments and screens, you can pick fencing options that blend well with your existing outdoor elements. This means choosing different materials and wooden finishes that complement the rest of your decor choices. This makes it look beautiful while also providing privacy – you don’t need to sacrifice a beautiful outdoor space just to protect yourself and your family!

One issue with privacy fencing is that you generally want to have a lower fence so that it doesn’t block out any sunlight or views. If the fencing is too high, then it can make your backyard feel a little restrictive and confined. You can avoid this by using a lower fence for privacy but choosing to obscure specific areas where you might spend time relaxing with a pergola, gazebo or sun shade.

Soundproofing your home for privacy

Soundproofing is one of the lesser-known ways to protect your home and add more privacy. It’s an investment that boosts the comfort of your living spaces, and it can be a great choice if you live in an urban or suburban neighbourhood that gets quite noisy at times. The main purpose of soundproofing is being able to block out outside disturbances so that you have a more peaceful and tranquil interior.

However, it also means blocking sounds from leaving your home as well. Being able to comfortably talk and interact with your family without fear of someone eavesdropping can give you extra peace of mind. It’s also a good idea to use soundproofing when you’re doing something that can generate a lot of noise.

For instance, people use soundproofing for home studios, workshops, music rooms and spaces where they record videos or broadcast to the internet. This kind of soundproofing helps you keep your hobbies private, and it makes it easier to enjoy your hobbies without the possibility of prying eyes.

Soundproofing materials are very easy to install. You can think of it as adding insulation to your walls, ceilings, and maybe even your floors. The materials used are often fibreglass, foam panels, or even acoustic tiles. These help absorb vibrations which dampens sound and slows its travel between rooms or outside your home. Soundproofing doesn’t require a professional to install, but it’s never a bad idea to get soundproofing materials verified by a professional to ensure they’re worth your time and money.

Soundproofing materials can also look great, making them a surprisingly decorative addition to your home decor. Soundproofing materials often come in unique patterns and luxe finishes and they can look like interesting wall decorations that add a modern touch to any room.

Smart home technology

Smart home technology offers many innovative solutions to help boost the privacy and security in your home while also adding some unique creature comforts that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Smart home technology may seem daunting to install and configure at first, but it’s surprisingly easy to get the hang of, and it’s a lot cheaper than you might think.

One of the most obvious forms of smart home technology that can boost your privacy is a surveillance camera. These cameras can be equipped with live-streaming capabilities so you can view them at any time, and they offer motion sensors that alert you whenever someone is near your property. This will help you keep track of who’s around your home, who’s visiting, and even who’s at the door with a video doorbell.

Another useful smart home device is a smart lock. These offer customisable access control that allows you to enter your home in many different ways. From using fingerprint recognition to a password, it gives you many convenient ways to open doors in and around your home. These improvements work alongside your existing lock and key, making them a great way to boost the overall privacy and defence of your home.

Even smart light bulbs can be a great way to deter people from trying to enter your home. You can set smart light bulbs to turn on or off with your smartphone and you can even set up random intervals where the lights can switch on or off on their own. This is great for tricking people into thinking that someone is home, thus reducing the chances that they’ll try to break in.

Smart home technology is usually configured by connecting to your home’s WiFi network, but can also be connected directly from your smartphone device as well. It makes it easy for you to configure and monitor your devices from any networked device, and it gives you a lot of options to further customise your devices for additional privacy.

Let me know what other ideas you have for improving privacy in your home. I’d love to hear the ways you’ve soundproofed your interior or made your garden more secluded in the comments below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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