Asked on Mar 03, 2018

How do I block my neighbors ugly shed?

by Dj
I have a large deck area that I would like to enjoy BUT when I go outside I get the great view of my neighbors ugly shed that stands approx. 16 feet high and his camping trailer which is large.
Although I have a privacy fence that is 6 feet tall this ugly shed and camper exceeds it. Town ordinance says I cannot go any higher on my fence by adding lattice to the top.
I can build a pergola or a screen of some type to the height of my house gutters.
I would like any type of suggestion for something that will not stand out and look like my neighbors ugly shed and camper to the neighborhood but block the view and give me more privacy.
I look forward to receiving feed back and your suggestions. forgive me I am sorry I don't have a photo .
Thank You
  11 answers
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 03, 2018

    I would go with the pergola and screen. Here are some ideas that might help. Good luck.

  • Geew Geew on Mar 03, 2018

    Yard Shade Sail as an alternative suggestion. They are colorful and aesthetic.

    Mount the lower ends to your fence (not like they show here on higher posts), to close any visual gap, and mount the outer ends on taller poles to create an angle

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 03, 2018

    I would install a gazebo and face it a different position to block them out

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 03, 2018

    Go with lattice and plant or hang stuff on it. It will look tasteful, and you can get it in plastic so no painting.

  • Gin31256260 Gin31256260 on Mar 03, 2018

    I think you are on the right lines with the pergola idea. If it was my problem what I would do, do the sails ideas and let them over hang so they hang down a foot or more depending the height of the frame work ,or, another idea would be to hang narrow trellis from the cross bars. Thus creating a perfect framework for climbing plants or even shallow panels of sail, bunting like. Hope this helps to give you some inspiration. Good luck.

    • Dj Dj on Mar 04, 2018

      Thank you lot of things to consider.

  • Eil22229440 Eil22229440 on Mar 03, 2018

    First, is that shed within the local laws? If not, get the city to take action. However, first advice would be to have a friendly talk with the neighbor, explain your concerns and try to be reasonable.

    If that becomes a losing battle, maybe you could plant fast growing whatever to hide the view. Remember you and she may be living closely for many years. Be reasonable.

  • Macysmom Macysmom on Mar 03, 2018

    wow! the sails look it!

  • Lynn Cullingham Lynn Cullingham on Jun 10, 2020

    I’m trying to figure out how to do the same ... was wondering what you finally did.

    thanks Lynn

  • Dondra L. Almond Dondra L. Almond on Jun 07, 2023

    I’m having the same issue. I already have a 6 foot privacy fence and this was built in the corner of their yard which is huge so they don’t even see it but from my yard it’s a real eyesore. There’s even a huge camper part in front of it, but beside my yard as well.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 07, 2023

    You can get sun cloth and make a frame or homemade pergola. The sun cloth would provide privacy and shade. There are different strengths you can get so choose what would work best for you.

    I found a huge selection of sizes and degrees of darkness of shade at amazon.