He Wanted Privacy at Home, So He Built a Wall

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On my last post, "Modern Patio DIY Inspiration" I created a solution for my problem...nosy neighbors! I also made my patio area into a usable space. In this post, I build a similar 'in style' privacy wall in the back of the house. This might give you some ideas of your own. Check it out....
Check out the video for inspiration and ideas!
Apt behind my home. It's an eye sore!
So just like on my previous post, we'll create some privacy here in the back. The person that lives in that apartment likes to sit with her lawn chair facing me. Just like seating at a movie theater! I'm not joking. Oh, she also dries her clothes on my fence..and when I say "clothes" I mean underwear. It's really not something I want to see when I step out back to have my morning coffee.
This person also likes to do a few other things. I'll just mention one more..but you get the picture. She will dump food scraps right up next to my fence. I don't feel that's appropriate behavior. Anyways, let's move on...
Building a frame with 2x4s
I bought 2x4s at the big box store. I'm making the frames for what will become the privacy wall. I just cut the boards to the width and height I need. Then I butt joint them and drive screws to fasten the box. It's just a big box made with 2x4s.
Let's move on...
Painting the frame with enamel paint
Just before assembling the frame, I went and painted the 2x4s with enamel paint from the big box store. This privacy wall will be done in two sections. A heavier bottom frame...and then a smaller frame that will be bolted and set on top. Between the two frames, We'll end up with about 6 feet of privacy. I don't want to get ahead of myself...but doing it in two sections helped me a lot. These frames can get heavy.
This is the bottom frame for the privacy wall
Here I have the bottom frame completed. I added a center board for stability. It will help reduce racking....But after we add the horizontal 1x4s, it'll be nice and sturdy.
adding the siding to the privacy wall
So I cut 1x4 boards to size. I painted them and fastened them to the frame with screws. You'll notice I used calking to cover the screw holes too. That all gets painted in the end. The wall is coming along...
Bottom section of privacy wall
So I set the bottom section in place. Now I need to secure this to the concrete slab.
Bracing the privacy wall to concrete
I made a brace from 2x4s and used concrete anchors to fasten the section down. Notice the base plate. it's a square block of pressure treated wood. That is what's fastened with anchors. The brace get's long screws drilling into the plate.
building the top section of the privacy wall
Here's the top section. This frame is much smaller. It will get me to the height I need for good privacy. Like I mentioned before...building this in two sections makes it easier to work with while at the building stage.
So I did the same as before....I assembled it with screws and painted.
top section get's thinner 1x2 boards
I added thinner strips for the top. this will help because we want the top section to be lighter than the bottom. It also breaks up the horizontal design. I like the look! In any event, the idea is, use thinner strips to offset the weight.
placing the top section...
I lifted the top and placed it. Then I screwed in large screw bolts through where the two 2x4 frames meet. I did do a little touch up painting....other than that, we have our privacy wall out back!
Privacy wall that blocks neighbors!!!
I hope you got some ideas from my project. I live in a busy area and I just want my home to be my little get away from all the craziness. I always try to give those around me their space and privacy. Not everyone takes those things into account...so I had to find my own solution. Catch you next time....

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  • Steph knepper Steph knepper on Jan 20, 2019

    Seems like your neighbor is interested in more than getting some ... sun!

  • Danni Steinmeier Danni Steinmeier on Jan 20, 2019

    Call your city codes and let them know about the food scrapes, as this will draw rats, mice, raccoons, just to name a few. How disgusting!! I'd tell her landlord about it also.

    Nice job on the fence!!

  • Alafiyah Alafiyah on Jan 21, 2019

    would love to try this but I'm 71 with a VERY DIRTY neighbor directly accross the street from me. Their yard is full of old coupon papers they drive over, old trash piled high to their front door entrance and grass never cut. HELP ME! Suffering with the only trashy house on our Ocala Fl,street, devaluing my property!

  • Pat whitmus Pat whitmus on Jan 21, 2019

    Very nicely done! I hope this will resolve the issue.

  • Pat whitmus Pat whitmus on Jan 21, 2019

    If peeking around the fence begins you might consider using painter's tarps to form a "curtain" that encloses your seating area a little more fully. As a country girl now residing in the town with neighbors on all sides I too value my privacy. Fortunately our tall tree line gives us the privacy we need to be happy here. The curtain can be adjusted to open or closed as you need it. I hope you have resolved your issue.

  • Alafiyah Alafiyah on Jan 22, 2019

    I will try your suggestion. I'm not in a gated community, so I was not sure if I could do that

  • Ellen Ellen on Jan 25, 2019

    Thanks for info about how to secure the structure to concrete patio. Your wall gives great privacy and looks very professional.

  • Dsouther Dsouther on Mar 25, 2019

    I am so happy that you were able to create this and erect it without any problems with an HOA or apartment guidelines. Everybody deserves to have their own space to enjoy without unwanted attention. I have heard it said Fences make good neighbors. Now if someone could just come up with an idea of how to block the light from a neighbors power company yard light. LOL

  • Eliza Eliza on Feb 03, 2020

    Wish had done this years & years ago ... really really snoopy neighbors. .. love doing yardwork & the old men would stand outside & laugh at me ... Yeah the old potbellied men...another really obsessive guy across the street that hates trees and wanted us to cut ours down weird he is doing gardening 24/7 as no other human goes in his house but constantly gossiping. "Can't she get a gardner to do that ?". Really dumb people boring and so ashamed of themselves doing any physical work...will be trying your other project of side of house patio with bench that is also a fence...and that will have created more private space actually enlarging the property in a certain aspect. Was always so afraid to put up fence as neighbors years back would get very offended for what??? No big view about which to gossip?

    May be asking some questions.

    Eliza 🌹

  • Robin Robin on Feb 09, 2020

    Really like this. And it’s true that good fences make good neighbors.

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