Having privacy around your property is essential for many homeowners and landlords. Whether you have children you want to protect, pets you want to keep from wandering, or you simply desire to have your own space without intrusion by neighbors, privacy walls can go a long way towards making your property secure.

While many types of privacy walls apply to widely varying circumstances and surrounding environments, it is hard to beat a brick or concrete wall for several reasons. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, read on to better understand your options when securing outdoor spaces and designing beautiful — and effective — privacy walls.

What to Consider Before You Design

Building a boundary wall for backyard privacy may seem like a simple endeavor — and in many ways, it is indeed less complex than other home improvements. But there are still a number of factors to consider before you design your boundary wall.

The initial step for designing and building your wall is understanding all relevant local permits and regulations. In some jurisdictions, you may have more latitude than in others when designing privacy walls. It is a good idea to contact your local government office or research online to understand what legal preparations you need to make as you design your wall. After all, you do not want to get started on a project, only to learn you failed to secure a requisite permit.

After establishing legal guidelines around building your wall, the design and materials in the project will likely be the next major consideration.

Consider the Height of Your Privacy Fence or Screen

Height is a crucial consideration when determining the size of any privacy walls. A wall that is too tall may make your outdoor spaces feel claustrophobic or overly enclosed — and could even block crucial sunlight for plants. On the other hand, a short wall can sometimes serve functional, structural purposes — for instance, as a retaining wall for the garden. That said, a wall that is too short may also avoid fulfilling its function of providing privacy.

Choose Appropriate Materials and Plants

While there are countless materials used for walls, a concrete or brick wall remains a basic, sturdy, and reliable choice for a privacy wall. Why? Brick and concrete are very strong materials, likely to last many years with only limited upkeep. Their sturdiness can also serve other functions — for instance, they can make excellent retaining walls for gardens and other landscape features.

Finally, both brick and concrete can be aesthetically beneficial selections. They can be customized to provide a more "rustic" or traditional feel, decorated with murals or other design elements, or combined with other materials to provide cost-effective, sturdy wall solutions.

As you consider materials, be sure to also think about what plants you may want along your wall. Shrubs, trees, flowers, and other plants can add a healthy aesthetic touch to your privacy wall, ensuring it stays discreet while effectively greening up your outdoor space. Just be sure to give appropriate consideration to the soil type, amount of sun, and requisite water any plant will need, to ensure that wherever the plant is situated, it can thrive alongside your privacy wall.

Harmonize With the Neighborhood

Naturally, a concern for any homeowner in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is that home design features fit tastefully into a broader neighborhood aesthetic. In some cases, this may be less of a problem — for instance, if your wall is in a backyard and not clearly visible to neighbors or the broader community. But at other times, your wall may quite obviously face out into the broader neighborhood, and you will likely want to take care to ensure it is a good fit. (In some cases — for instance, in certain neighborhoods or homeowners associations — this may be a legal requirement.)

Fortunately, brick and cement walls, in addition to being very sturdy, are highly customizable. There is almost certainly any number of stylistic choices you can make to ensure any brick or cement privacy walls fit well within the overall aesthetic of your neighborhood.

Blend In With Your Home's Architecture

Of course, blending in with the neighborhood is not the only concern. You will likely want to ensure that any privacy screening walls mesh well with your home's architecture. This is even more true in cases where your privacy wall may about your home.

In the same spirit, brick and concrete offer a simplicity of design that allows them to go with virtually any type of home construction. For more challenging cases, adding design features, as well as plantings, can ensure that your privacy wall blends nicely with the style of your home.

Why Working with Masonry Professionals is the Best Idea

While you may be tempted to get started on your privacy wall on your own, the best bet with a complex wall project is to hire a professional. Why? Professional builders have the skill and dexterity with various building materials, ensuring your final project will come out great. After all, there is nothing worse than getting halfway through a project and realizing you are in over your hand.

This is doubly true with brick and cement, which can be surprisingly challenging to work with and require unique masonry skills.

Privacy Fences in DFW

In short, while a privacy wall is hardly the most challenging project you might undertake on your home, it still takes careful planning and significant deliberation beforehand to do it right.

If you are looking to build a privacy wall in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Brick Experts can help. Here at Brick Experts, we have extensive experience with all sorts of masonry projects, up to and including brick and concrete screen walls. We will work with you to discuss your project's needs, determining just how to custom it to what you like — and we will start with a free estimate. Don't wait! Visit Brick Experts online, or call us today at 817-901-0236.

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