5 Ways to Create a Private Backyard Oasis

by | Jul 8, 2016 | Living Urban | 0 comments

The modern world is a hectic place and the demands on your time only seem to increase. With all the time you spend fulfilling obligations for your job, your family, your friends, and more, it can seem like you never have time for yourself.

If you’re feeling stressed and you want a sanctuary where you can relax and center yourself, why not take advantage of the underused space to create a private backyard oasis? Those who live in one of many Portland neighborhoods that feature abundant outdoor space can definitely take advantage of this bonus in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Install Fencing

Many Portland modern homes come with fencing already installed, but you may want something more private, or you may not have any fencing to begin with. There are nearly endless options that can kick-start your efforts to create a beautiful, private outdoor living space.

2. Vertical Landscaping

Whether you own a home or Portland condos are more to your liking, you may find that fencing around your yard or patio area is insufficient to deliver the privacy you crave. In this case, vertical landscaping can help.

By adding trees and shrubbery you’ll not only increase the visual interest in your space, but you’ll also block the neighbors’ view of yard and even create a sound barrier. This can be a big step toward achieving the privacy you prefer.

3. Structures

Even with fencing and vertical landscaping, neighbors in Portland lofts or apartments may see into your yard. Luckily, there are still ways to create a private space, such as adding structures to your yard.

A gazebo can give you enough extra privacy to entertain several guests, whereas a canopied daybed is great for just one or two people looking to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about nosy neighbors peeking in.

4. Creating an Outdoor Room

Once your outdoor space has some privacy, the next step is to turn it into an inviting oasis. This means adding the lounges, chairs, and tables that will allow you and your guests to luxuriate in your beautiful backyard retreat.

5. Extras

Privacy features and furniture go a long way toward making your outdoor living spaces welcoming, but if you truly want an oasis, you’ll have to add personal touches. A water feature can make for soothing sounds, while the lighting you choose will set the mood. Don’t forget covered seating and a fire pit so you can take advantage of your outdoor space regardless of the weather.