What should you do if there are little things about your neighborhood that bother you? Maybe you have a neighbor who doesn’t maintain his yard well at all and you’re tired of looking at untrimmed bushes and overgrown grass. Perhaps you like your privacy and feel a little too exposed in your own back yard. It could be that you want more light in your family room, but don’t really relish the idea of putting in more windows that only give you a view of the side of your neighbor’s house. Or maybe things are just a little louder than you’d like.
Is moving to a new neighborhood your only option? What if you like your home and feel good about your neighborhood,apartfrom a few minor issues? You many not really want to move, especially when you consider that there’s probably no such thing as a perfect neighborhood, anyway.
There are some steps you can take to enjoy your home more—even if things around you aren’t perfect. Let’s look at just a few.
Privacy and Views
If you’re tired of looking at a neighbor’s unkempt lawn and shrubsand you’d like a little more privacy for yourself as well, you might consider a decorative fence or wall that keeps the clutter out of sight and provides a more personal space for you in your backyard. Nanturally, you’ll want to operate within your HOA ordinances, but a good designer can help you work within those parameters to create something beautiful.
You can also achieve a natural barrier with bushes, trees and shrubs. A good landscape designer can help you create that effect without ending up with something that will look overgrown in a few years.
Letting in the Light
If you want more natural light in your home without feeling like you’re in a fishbowl, you might want to consider adding skylights. You get more light and a feeling of more space—without added visibility to your neighbors. Alternatively, you can install high, narrow windows or glass blocks near your ceiling. Again, you’ll gain more light without losing privacy.
Get Above It All
Another option for outdoor enjoyment might be adding a rooftop deck that puts you above street level activity and noise and provides plenty of privacy. Or you could consider a lanai conversion to enjoy great indoor/outdoor living.
You may not ever find the “perfect” neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your home into a perfect place to live.