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Designing and adding extra privacy to new garden

We have recently moved into our first house which has a small garden and I’m just looking for any ideas or suggestions for where to start in giving it a bit of a makeover. 

There are some tall “townhouse” style houses to the right of us and we are wondering what we can do to possibly help give us a bit more privacy from the widows that will look right down into the garden.  

We had someone in to look at building a small bit of decking or perhaps a patio but it turns out the garden is on more of a slip than it looks and it was going to be a big job to level it out so it ended up being out of our price range.

Since taking this video we built a bin store in the front garden so we’re able to keep the wheelie bins round there which frees up some space. 

My fiancé wants some climbing plants on some trellises up the fence but I’m not sure how easy that is?

Any suggestions would be amazing! Thanks 😊  

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  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I really have no advice on the privacy side of things, but seeing this garden I would take out that unimaginable and too large path and remove all the grass and make some lovely deep borders and plant it up for lots of movement and colour. Small spaces can look fantastic when planted densely. Grass seems a wasted opportunity to plant something much more enticing and beautiful.
    A couple of images I've found online to give a visual reference. A less wide more meandering path would make it much nicer to my eyes. But suppose depends if that loose cottagey look works for you. You could also go much more formal. 



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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,460
    Wow lovely images George.

    OP, this might help 
  • delskidelski Posts: 274
    What's the point in that wall on the right hand side?
  • Can you post a shot of the right side showing the houses you want to block?

    Is the rt hand fence yours because if not, you'll have to ask the owner if you do decide on trellis.
  • Can you post a shot of the right side showing the houses you want to block?

    Is the rt hand fence yours because if not, you'll have to ask the owner if you do decide on trellis.
    Oh good point, as far as I’m aware, the right hand fence is ours but I’ll look into it. 

    Here’s a picture of the right hand side with the houses looking right down into ours. 

  • delski said:
    What's the point in that wall on the right hand side?
    I’m not 100% sure, it slopes up quite a lot on the right hand side so maybe it has something to do with that. We don’t love it but it’s been a good “bench” while we decide what type of furniture we actually want 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,510
    Is there a change in levels there ?  The wall is probably holding the bank up. (Not in a cops & robbers sort of way 😉)
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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Your new photo helps. Realistically you are not going to block those windows the building is too near and tall and your garden not big enough to do the perspective planting as shown in that helpful video posted by Loxley.
    So the other option is to make the area where you will be sitting more private as also mentioned in video with a  pergola, parasol or a sail.
    Not sure in your capabilities but putting up 3 or 4 fence posts in an 'L' shape and fixing trellis  wouldn't be too expensive. You could enlarge the area outside your patio doors by removing the grass and soil to level it off and use the gravel from the path or get more. If it's a bit uneven using gravel is the best way as it's easy to level rather than slabs.
    Doing decking yourself isn't difficult but you do need power tools especially an electric screwdriver!

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,679
    As above, the idea of a pergola or sail outside the patio doors would be the easiest way of gaining privacy, and personally l would definitely get rid of the grass and go for the sort of look in the photos posted by @amancalledgeorge .
    I had a quick search for pergola plans and came across this site (no connection with it), which might give you some ideas  :)
    https://www.pergolaplans4free.co.uk/
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