Are your more interested in Shade or privacy from the neighbors?
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I would say my main interest would be privacy.We have a shaded patio at the moment but it is not inviting or inspiring,we're going to be adding another bedroom using the current patio area so the little yard we have will then become our patio.There is a large tree that gives us quite a large amount of shade but not no privacy,we are kind of limited due to park rules,which is our downfall.
Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
Leslie, what about a lattice privacy fence? If you do a search for "lattice" here on Hometalk, you'll see examples of what others have done. I also love this shutter fence: http://www.hometalk.com/167709/repurposed-shutter-fence and this door fence: http://www.hometalk.com/188794/this-is-my-new-fence
Check out this post (and other photos) from Hometalk member Bernice, who has done a lot of nice things with her yard:
I would second the lattice fence...One easy way would be to set posts in concrete and use the lattice as the "wall"...if your HOA does not allow permanent structures in this area...you could set the posts in concrete in 5 gallon pails and decorate them with some simple wooden "boxes" over them. Unless you are in a high wind zone this would be pretty quick and easy. A 5 gallon bucket of crete weighs in well over 100 pounds so they are pretty sturdy.
When we put our lattice fencing in, we used "T-bars" like are used for speed limit signs and other road signs. You just pound them into the ground and anchor your fencing with zip-ties. I have used them for years on trellises, my arbors and now my fencing. They hold up very well to wind and weather without the work or expense of concrete and run from $3-6 here depending on how long you need them. They can be painted also if you do not like the green.
More ideas from another Hometalk member here:
People around our park in So. CA use the 1" acrylic lattice panels a lot. Looks nice. I have the back of my mobile looking like a cottage garden. I planted Morning Glories but AWAY from the mobile. Grows fast and blooms are beautiful. I trim them 2-3 times a year depending on season. Both my neighbor and I enjoy them. I even allowed them to grow and become a canopy for my swing.
In a small area, why not set 6x6 posts on those concrete blocks made for posts and put up acrylic lattice pannels. This would be 3 sides (with the 4th side being the house). You could design it to fit your needs. Leave a small opening at the bottom or close make it flush with the ground. Leave an opening at the corners or make them flush with a gate. It would be your choice. There are beautiful fiber pots than can be used for flowers...they last a long time and are easier to use move when filled with dirt and easy to maintain. You do not have to weed and you just clean out the debris at the end of flowering season and replant with winter flowers. Or put in exotic grasses. Your cost would depend on how large you want to make the space. This could be completed over a few years so as not to break your bank! Pavers can be laid in place for a patio and a sun sail can add shade!
Jeanette...those concrete "blocks" are designed for decks and shed type footings...where only compressive loads are being seen. They will not work for "fence" type loads as there is no resistance to lateral forces
Thanks KMS...this just proves you cannot believe all you see on those elaborate designs on some of the TV shows. Actually I have seen shows where they used them to put up large pergolas! Shame on them! And just think...acrylic lattice is a lot lighter than pergola structures!
Thanks everyone the lattice fencing is a great idea.