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Old 02-07-2018, 10:26 PM   #1
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Blocking a house from our view


I'm looking for ideas on improving our view. We live in the hills about a mile or two from the ocean, and the view is very nice, of the ocean and surrounding hills.

The problem is, when we're looking at the ocean, we're also looking directly at the house down the hill from us. We live in a very windy, cold place, so there are no plants between us and their house.

I'd like to put something up between us and them, so we can look at the ocean without also looking directly at the side of their house. The problem is, because of the wind, plants are not an option, and a traditional fence wouldn't work either (it would likely get damaged, or worse, fly off and hit our someone's house - that's something we definitely don't want to worry about!).

Does anyone have any creative ideas for creating privacy/breaking up a view in these circumstances?

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Old 02-07-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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A patio with brick wall fencing...a trellis with vines... a shade sail canopy perhaps? Hard to envision with no pictures.
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You just need the right sized sign placed in the right place.
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Much of our residential areas are on mountains with houses having spectacular views and houses below them. They plant trees. Well in 5 years the trees not only occlude the house below, but the view as well, so IMO that is not a viable option. Solid manmade fencing as Brant mentioned wouldn't get out of control and could help improve the view you want.
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Run this Google and see if any catch your eye. I was thinking a vertical staggered arrangement but saw some interesting horizontal ones. The idea of staggering could reduce the effects of the wind.
"staggered wood fence to create a privacy break pictures"

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If all else fails, buy that house & move there.
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Changing the view is a two way street so be sure local (if any) authorities will approve. Most areas around me have a 6' limit.

I went back and looked at more of the pictures in that link, some nice looking fences.

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We live in a very windy, cold place, so there are no plants between us and their house.
Ayuh,.... Where abouts on the planet,..??

I've used Lilacs for such purposes, as they grow 'bout anywhere, in 'bout any soil conditions, 'n top out at 12'/ 15' high,....
Of course, the draw-back is they loose their leaves in the fall, through winter,...
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Ayuh,.... Where abouts on the planet,..??

I've used Lilacs for such purposes, as they grow 'bout anywhere, in 'bout any soil conditions, 'n top out at 12'/ 15' high,....
Of course, the draw-back is they loose their leaves in the fall, through winter,...
He is in the Sarah Palin state.

It is really beautiful there, I can see why you want to do this.
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How about a massive boulder plopped right at your property line, obscuring the house downhill.

Of course you will need to anchor it securely, you don't want erosion to cause it to roll on downhill and squash the neighbors house,

Or a stacked stone wall between you and them,

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The solution depends a lot on what the "range" is of the view wanted by the OP. Are they sitting on a deck ? A lot simpler to get visual blockage for.

Or, not wanting to see the house while at any time walking, standing or sitting in a space somewhere in their yard ....that may span 50- 200 feet wide ? If so, a LOT more complicated to get visual blockage for. JMO
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The solution depends a lot on what the "range" is of the view wanted by the OP. Are they sitting on a deck ? A lot simpler to get visual blockage for.

Or, not wanting to see the house while at any time walking, standing or sitting in a space somewhere in their yard ....that may span 50- 200 feet wide ? If so, a LOT more complicated to get visual blockage for. JMO
Exactly, or we could guess until all of our 20 questions are used up.

What percent grade is the hill, distance to the other house, height of the other house, height of OP's house etc. etc.

The only thing we know the OP isn't interested in vegetative growth or fences and we suspect the ocean is lower that either of the houses.
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Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm still trying to get the hang of logging on here, I'm afraid - sorry for disappearing!

We are talking about needing to cover a span of 200 feet plus, which is one of the issues. The neighbor's house is long and narrow. I think our main concern is breaking up the view from our windows. We don't mind seeing that their house is there - we just don't like seeing ALL of it, if that makes sense.

I really like the idea of using big boulders, or a rock wall! Not sure how we'd do it, but that would look great.

Hahaha, a giant sign... I think you were joking, but it's got me thinking. It would probably just blow away, but an antique road sign might look nice!

Thanks again everyone :-)
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suspect the ocean is lower that either of the houses.
Let's certainly hope so.
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Oh, and I think the neighbor's house is about 100 yards away. It's a two-and-a-half story, but it's carved down into the hillside, downslope from our house. Our house is a one story.
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