Privacy from neighbours
So we bought our semi-detached house a year ago picture taken when we first moved in (ours on left). It’s on a ten year old estate that is very open plan particularly on the frontages of most of the houses. I have slowly been planting front and back to add privacy.
We are at the top of a shared drive, pretty open to the elements as we can see right across a small valley. The wind blasts right up the valley and across the front of our house.
We also have a public cut through right outside our driveway on the other side of a hedge line- I have recently planted a very junior privet hedge to gain some eventual privacy from the path but the neighbours hedges are still all low box hedges (I ripped ours out for the privet) - will this look too weird when my privet kicks in and grows to 3, 4, 5 ft?
Also, there is a foot and a half wide spit of land between our front door and path and my neighbours front path and door. ( please see picture). Each of us Have gravel areas with pots and planted beds either side. Now, the bit in between runs right down the split line of our semi detached houses but is in their colour gravel and has been since we moved in. How can I go about reclaiming my side of that bit of land? Really, I want to put a 3ft brick wall and separate our half from theirs. We don’t get on, the litter it with cigarette butts and they don’t take care of the plants in that patch of land which I presume are theirs. Next best thing would be a fence that slopes away as you walk away from the doors or a couple off small trees that divide the space. How can I get them to agree to any of these or don’t they have a say if I don’t technically encroach on their boundary? Obviously whatever I do I don’t want it to cost a fortune.
I want to make our house look nice and visually separate from our neighbours and provide a bit of shelter from the wind also, sometimes the letterbox flaps it’s that windy. (High up in county Durham so it’s cold too!)
Note: I’m going to replace the door with a different coloured composite door next spring So that will help with the visual separation but I want a physical barrier too!