Relax in Privacy A side yard can be a great place for a patio where you can relax with a good book or spend time with the kids. Or get double duty from it by entertaining guests. Install a fence or hedge if there's not already one there, then add a patio made from the material of your choice. Test Garden Tip: For extra privacy, plant strategically to block the view from a neighbor's windows.
Screen from AboveIf your neighbors have a tall house or it's higher on a hill than yours is, shielding your deck or patio from view can be tricky. But one easy way to do it is to install a canopy of outdoor-friendly fabric as homeowners Brian Caldwell and Robert Shore have done here. Bonus: The canopy also casts a soft, filtered light on the patio, keeping it cooler on hot summer days.