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5 tips to create privacy in your backyard

January 20, 2018

Even with the best neighbors in the world, sometimes you want a little privacy in your backyard… it is your backyard after all!

Here are 5 essential tips to incorporate privacy in your backyard design!


The first step in creating an intimate patio, is choosing the best spot for it. Use a large element that is already a part of your yard as a natural privacy cloak.

Large elements include:
– A wall from the house, garage, or shed
– A mature tree

Rinox Lorado stone siding

The large shed in this yard, made with Rinox Lorena stone, doubles as the perfect privacy wall for the entire backyard


Ecological and economical, using plants is a simple and effective way to create a peaceful oasis in your yard. The vegetation will add freshness as well as intimacy.

The ideal plants? For privacy throughout the entire year, install cedar hedges in your yard. They require little maintenance and grow taller each year, creating more and more privacy as time goes on!

Rinox solino retaining wall

Rinox Solino retaining wall used as a flowerbed.

Extra tip: Install the cedar hedges along the top of a retaining wall. This will create extra height, and therefore extra privacy!

To discover more ways to use the Solino retaining wall click here.


Another way to create a private space is adding an intimacy screen. They are both aesthetically pleasing, and private.
There are many options available to you:
– Walls made from decorative stone or retaining walls
– Shutters
– Outdoor curtains
– Gazebos

Rinox Ora wall privacy screen

The Ora wall is used as both a privacy screen and a reading nook for this backyard


Rinox thin veneer backyard

This yard utilizes both a Solino retaining wall, as well as the Alfio decorative stone intimacy screen made with Rinox products, to establish their privacy cocoon


There is nothing wrong with traditional fences, but at times, they help with keeping people out of the yard but not from seeing through. Alternately, choose a stone wall to fence in your yard. Not only are they beautiful, there is no way that anyone will be able to peek through it! Love this idea, but not sure which stone to choose? Check out our post on decorating your home with thin veneer stone.

Rinox Lorena stone as the fence


With or without a roof, these decorative structures create an intimate space while protecting you from the sun and other weather conditions.
The structures help define a certain area. They can also provide shelter for spas, outdoor kitchens and lounge chairs. For other inspiration on how to maximize your outdoor kitchen click here.


Backyard design with Rinox Zuko Grande slab and Solino wall

As you can see, there are many different ways for you to create a peaceful (and private!) backyard oasis!