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Patio Privacy Ideas and Options!

POSTED July 24, 2018

If you’d like to add a bit of privacy to your Crystal Valley patio, the options are endless. Gazing at the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the community is one of the top reasons home buyers choose this amazing master-planned community! But a smidge of seclusion can be downright delicious after an especially busy day. From HGTV to the neighborhood Lowe’s in Castle Rock, we appropriated some of the best ideas for creating a bit of privacy in back of your home!

Retractable Shades

The more permanent options are attached to structures over your patio like a roof or pergola. One option is retractable shades, motorized or manual, that will reduce the volume of annoying, flitting little bugs and the amount of UV rays. For west-facing patios, this is especially welcome to cut both the glare and the heat of intense afternoon sunlight.

Sunesta’s Solar Shades come in a variety of colors and openness factors for varying degrees of opacity and insect protection, and the dealer serving the Castle Rock area can answer your questions. Innovative Openings is another local shade and screen provider to Castle Rock homeowners which offers a variety of designer fabric choices.

Screens and Partitions

For a less permanent screen option, consider Versare outdoor wicker partitions or configurable wicker screens (available at the Walmart on Sam Walton Lane in Castle Rock). The woven textures and colors are elegantly designed and fit into just about any natural setting or surrounding. 

You can also find wooden partitions, like this four-paneled acacia wood screen or wrought iron sturdy enough to hold climbing vines including several varieties of clematis. If clematis isn’t your thing, there are bodacious breeds of honeysuckle vine with red tubular flowers that attract delicate fluttering hummingbirds.

The couple behind DIY Passion inherited a bench screen combo that had outlived its attractiveness, so blogger Erin and her DIY husband Dan created a wooden screen with a chevron design for an updated privacy partition that was more modern and streamlined and only cost $150 to build! Their tutorial shows the tool-outfitted DIYer the step-by-step process that will take a pile of lumber and deck screws to a patio showpiece!

Plants and Vines

From the semi-permanent to the completely portable – with or without a wheeled dolly – plants and vines, especially the fast-growing kind, can provide lush, attractive, privacy with a carbon dioxide bonus!  

Technically, all bamboo plants are grasses. Fargesia rufa or “Green Panda” is more of a clump bamboo that grows to eight or 10 feet tall, with dark green leaves. Here in Colorado, it can serve as a great screening plant in a hedge, or as a stand-alone plant. You can order bamboo from Tagawa Gardens in Parker, some that will even reach 50 feet in height, but it needs lots of sunlight and mulch to protect the roots since the species is not from North America. 

Curtains and Gazebos

For more ideas for patio privacy, check out HGTV’s collection of 18 suggestions, from stand-alone curtain rods and pop-up gazebos to a freestanding living plant wall and faux hedges!

Patio Privacy in Crystal Valley 

The patios in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley can be open to the surrounding vistas, or shaded and screen to offer occasional privacy. The choice is yours, just like the offerings from Crystal Valley’s top home builders. Available in ranch and two-story styles D.R. Horton,  Kauffman Homes and Richmond American Homes newly constructed homes are priced from the high $300s.



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