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Boost Your Home's Value: Smart Ways to Add Privacy to Your Outdoor Space

From soaking in the sun during the summer to cozying up by a fire pit in the fall, outdoor living spaces are oftentimes the favorite part of any home. But, unless you live on a large lot of land, chances are you may have a neighbour who just seems a little too close sometimes.

Luckily, there are many ways to solve this common problem. This can be important when staging your home for sale too. As people, even post-pandemic - spend more time at home – and more time outside in their outdoor space – buyers are looking for privacy and peace, and if you can demonstrate your property offers it that will be a big plus.

Check out these backyard privacy ideas and transform your outdoor space into your own personal (and private) escape that will also appeal to Waterloo Region homebuyers should the time come for you to sell.

Create a Living Wall

One of the most natural and aesthetically pleasing ways to add privacy to your outdoor space is by creating a living wall. This green barrier not only provides seclusion but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your yard, improves air quality, and can even help reduce noise pollution.

Choosing the Right Plants

When selecting plants for your living wall, consider fast-growing varieties that thrive in your local climate. Some excellent options include:

  • Arborvitae: These evergreen trees grow quickly and can reach heights of 40-60 feet, providing year-round privacy.

  • Bamboo: Known for its rapid growth, bamboo can create a dense screen in just a few seasons. However, be cautious as some varieties can be invasive. Opt for clumping bamboo species to prevent spreading.

  • Tall Ornamental Grasses: Varieties like Miscanthus or Pampas grass can grow up to 8-12 feet tall and offer a softer, more naturalistic look.

  • Privet: This fast-growing hedge plant can reach 10-15 feet in height and is easily shaped.

  • Leyland Cypress: Another fast-growing evergreen that can reach heights of 60-70 feet if left unpruned.

  • Holly: Provides year-round coverage and adds winter interest with its bright berries.

Planning and Planting

  • Assess your space: Measure the area where you want to create your living wall and consider factors like sunlight exposure and soil quality.

  • Prepare the soil: Ensure proper drainage and enrich the soil with compost or other organic matter to promote healthy growth.

  • Space plants appropriately: Follow recommended spacing guidelines for your chosen species to allow for mature growth without overcrowding.

  • Consider a mixed planting: Combine different species for visual interest and to create a more natural-looking barrier.

  • Install a proper irrigation system: Ensure your new plants receive adequate water, especially during their establishment period.


  • Regular pruning: Keep your living wall at the desired height and shape with regular trimming.

  • Fertilization: Apply appropriate fertilizers to promote healthy growth, following the specific needs of your chosen plants.

  • Pest and disease management: Monitor your plants for signs of infestation or illness and address issues promptly.

  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Additional Considerations

  • Local regulations: Check with your local authorities regarding any height restrictions or regulations for living fences.

  • Neighbor considerations: Discuss your plans with neighbors, especially if the living wall will impact their property.

  • Root systems: Be aware of the potential impact of root systems on nearby structures or utilities.

  • Seasonal changes: Consider how your living wall will look throughout the year, especially if using deciduous plants.

By carefully planning and maintaining your living wall, you can create a lush, natural privacy screen that enhances your outdoor space and provides a beautiful backdrop for your landscaping. This green barrier not only offers privacy but also adds value to your property, making it an attractive feature for potential buyers if you decide to sell your home in the future.

Install a Stylish Privacy Screen

For a more modern approach, consider installing a decorative privacy screen. These come in various materials such as wood, metal, or composite and can be customized to fit your style. A well-designed screen not only offers privacy but can also serve as an attractive focal point in your outdoor space.

Build a Pergola with Climbing Plants

A pergola not only adds architectural interest to your yard but can also create a secluded seating area. Encourage climbing plants like wisteria, clematis, or grapevines to grow over the structure, providing natural coverage and a romantic atmosphere.

Install a Water Feature

While not a visual barrier, a water feature can provide auditory privacy by masking conversations and neighborhood noises. A fountain, waterfall, or even a small pond can create a serene atmosphere while adding an element of tranquility to your outdoor space. Beyond privacy, water features can also attract wildlife, cool the surrounding area, and serve as a stunning focal point in your landscape design.

Types of Water Features:


  • Can range from small, ornamental models to large, built in structures

  • Available in various styles from classical to modern

  • Can be powered by electricity or solar energy


  • Can be natural-looking or more architectural in design

  • Often incorporated into existing landscaping or retaining walls

  • Can vary in size from small trickles to dramatic cascades


  • Provide a habitat for aquatic plants and potentially fish

  • Can be any size, from small whiskey barrel ponds to large backyard lakes

  • May require more maintenance than other water features

Pondless Water Features:

  • Combine the sound of moving water without the maintenance of a pond

  • Water disappears into a hidden reservoir and is recirculated

  • Great for smaller spaces or areas with children

Wall Fountains:

  • Can be attached to existing walls or freestanding

  • Ideal for small spaces or patios

  • Available in a wide range of materials and styles

Planning Your Water Feature:

  • Location: Choose a spot that can be seen and heard from your main outdoor living areas. Consider proximity to electrical outlets if needed.

  • Size: Ensure the feature is proportional to your outdoor space. The sound should be pleasant, not overwhelming.

  • Style: Select a design that complements your home's architecture and existing landscaping.

  • Budget: Factor in initial installation costs as well as ongoing maintenance expenses.

  • Water Source: Decide between a recirculating system or one connected to your home's water supply.

  • Lighting: Consider incorporating lighting to enhance the feature at night.

Erect a Decorative Fence

If local regulations allow, consider installing a taller fence in key areas of your yard. Choose a design that complements your home's architecture and landscaping. A well-crafted fence can be both functional and visually appealing and, if you have pets or small children can be a point of added safety too (as well as great selling point)

Create Different Levels of Outdoor Privacy

If your yard allows, consider creating different levels or "rooms" within your outdoor space. Raised beds, sunken seating areas, or strategically placed decking can naturally separate spaces and create more intimate, private zones.

By implementing one or more of these ideas, you can significantly enhance the privacy of your outdoor living area. Not only will this improve your day-to-day enjoyment of your home, but it will also make your property more attractive to potential buyers when it's time to sell. Remember, a well-designed outdoor space that offers both beauty and privacy can be a significant selling point in today's real estate market.

When staging your home for sale, be sure to highlight these privacy features if you have implemented them. Set up cozy seating areas, add some ambient lighting, and showcase how your outdoor space can be used for entertaining or relaxing in seclusion. With these thoughtful additions, your backyard can become a private oasis that you'll enjoy now and that will appeal to future buyers later.

Enhancing Your Home's Privacy and Appeal with Team Pinto

As you consider implementing these privacy-enhancing features in your outdoor space, it's important to remember that such improvements can significantly boost your home's appeal and value. Whether you're planning to enjoy these upgrades for years to come or are preparing to sell your Waterloo Region home, these additions can make a substantial difference.

When it comes time to sell, having a knowledgeable and experienced real estate team by your side is crucial. This is where Team Pinto comes in. As local experts in the Waterloo Region real estate market, Team Pinto understands the unique appeal of well-designed outdoor spaces and how they can impact a home's marketability.

Why Choose Team Pinto?

  • Local Expertise: With deep roots in the Waterloo Region, Team Pinto has an unparalleled understanding of local market trends and buyer preferences.

  • Proven Track Record: Our team has a history of successful sales and satisfied clients throughout the region.

  • Marketing Excellence: We employ cutting-edge marketing strategies to showcase your home's best features, including those privacy enhancements you've invested in.

  • Negotiation Skills: Our experienced agents will work tirelessly to secure the best possible price for your home.

  • Full-Service Approach: From initial consultation to closing day, Team Pinto provides comprehensive support throughout the entire selling process.

  • Network of Professionals: We can connect you with trusted local contractors if you need help with things like implementing any of the privacy features discussed in this article.

By choosing Team Pinto, you're not just hiring a real estate agent; you're partnering with a team that is committed to maximizing the value of your home and ensuring a smooth, successful sale. We understand that your home is more than just a property – it's a reflection of your life and investments. Let us help you showcase its full potential to the right buyers.

Ready to take the next step in selling your Waterloo Region home? Contact Team Pinto today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let's work together to highlight your home's unique features and find the perfect buyer who will appreciate all that your property has to offer. With Team Pinto, you're not just listing your home – you're setting the stage for a successful sale and your next exciting chapter.


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