Privacy is so important that it’s a human right protected by countless legislation. In the UK, the Human Rights Act 1998 protects your home's right to privacy.
Your house should be a refuge from meddling neighbors and the noise of the outside world. Here’s how to increase your house’s privacy.
Get Window Shutters
A primary consideration in the pursuit of a more private home is definitely to block the outside from seeing the inside. Thus, shield the windows of your house. The best way to do this is by getting wooden shutters. There are several reasons why shutters are the answer instead of curtains or blinds. For starters, window shutters mean privacy pluslight control. You don’t have to choose between having sunlight and a view or having privacy. By simply adjusting your shutters to the right angles, you can have both.
Bonus reasons why window shutters are the best include:
- Wooden shutters form a solid barrier that deters thieves because they can’t tell if anyone’s home or break-in, especially if there’s an added lock or bar
- If there are pets, they’re not slipping in and out like with curtains
- Keep the heat either in or out; you have both options
- With no cords for children to play with and no fabric for them to discolor these are the most child-friendly option
- Custom built. So they can fit into your home aesthetic
Install Privacy Locks
A privacy lock is a lock that is specifically designed to allow someone to quickly lock a room from the inside for privacy. The emphasis is on privacy because these locks are not designed to provide security by putting up much of a resistance.
In fact, apart from the hole in the door that lets anyone easily unlock it from the outside, the lock can also be broken with a hammer or a sharp blow.
As such, these are suitable for the rooms in your house.
Install A Fence
Installing a fence is another way to secure your privacy. Maybe you want to garden alone in silence, relax in your hot tub without prying eyes, or host a barbecue without having to invite everyone on the block. If your backyard is open for anyone to see (neighbors, strangers, delivery people, rowdy teenagers) none of these and more will be possible. Get a fence installed and finally get your private yard.
Great fence options include:
- A wooden fence, which is one of the most popular options because it can be built tall enough to give you a lot of privacy
- A vinyl and PVC fence, which offers the same coverage as a wooden fence at a cheaper cost. The catch is they’re less sturdy. Extreme temperatures will make PVC fences more brittle, inviting cracks and corrosion
- Concrete block walls, which are admittedly a drastic, expensive solution. But they’re also the most long-lasting, withstanding hot and cold temperatures alike
Fences are an obvious bid for privacy. If you’d rather not answer awkward questions from a nosy coworker living across from you, choose plants as your shield. That way you’re simply expressing your sudden love of shrubs.
For a cost-effective way to get some privacy, strategically landscape by planting small trees and shrubs in a way that forms a fence-like barrier.
Keep in mind some trees are seasonal and will lose their leaves in seasons such as autumn. Plant some evergreen trees and shrubs for year-round privacy.
Note that the downside to the plant shield route is that failure to regularly trim will give intruders plenty of hiding places.
Build A Shed
It’s always a good idea to get twice your money’s worth in whatever way you can. With a shed, you get both privacy and an added safe storage space. A shed guarantees privacy in your house by blocking out noise and shielding both people and things from view. If you have space, consider a shed.
Besides, a shed doesn’t have to be a major investment or a lengthy DIY (do it yourself) project if you don’t want the trouble. There are tons of quick and easy budget-friendly options. For example, you can find vinyl or plastic sheds that are much easier to assemble than a shed built from scratch.
Install A Security Camera
Often, when you think of a security camera the corresponding function is the increase in security. While this is true another less considered function of a security camera is the added security benefit.
Studies have shown that people are more likely to act right when they know they’re being watched. Thus, the problem of people trespassing in your house and infringing on your right to privacy will certainly be reduced if they know their inappropriate actions are being recorded and may be used against them.
There’s no reason to ever compromise on your need for privacy. Regardless of your property size or budget, window shutters, privacy locks, and fences are only some of the numerous options available to you as stated.