Keep Nosy Neighbors Out: Privacy Tips for Your Home

Keep Nosy Neighbors Out: Privacy Tips for Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

Home should serve as a space to get away from it all. Close the curtains, and enjoy your refuge away from prying eyes, nosy neighbors, traffic and the general business of the outside world.

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

– Audrey Hepburn: Many-Sided Charmer, LIFE Magazine, December 7, 1953

It doesn’t matter where you live; there are steps you can take to achieve a deep sense of solitude and peace in your home and garden.

Mark Your Territory

Most properties come with a front and back yard. One of the quickest ways to put people off peeping and walking over your front yard is to install a fence. They don’t take up too much space but can make a huge difference when it comes to exactly what people can see. Wood is the most popular options with smaller more delicate fences available for the front yard and taller more private ones for your backyard. A quick lick of paint personalized them for you too.

Tinted Windows

If you have large windows that are close to any footpaths. You might want to block out people without blocking out all of the beautiful natural daylight. The easiest solution is to look into home window tinting. All of the perks of a standard window, with an added layer of privacy.


Installing a good and visible camera will perturb people from knocking your door without due cause. The cameras are also the ideal thing to help keep your property safe. You can hook your home security system up to cloud storage and that way wherever you are you can manage the live footage or roll back through if you need to check anything.


Or maybe a pergola. If you like to lay in the garden, catching some sun or reading quietly but can’t quite get comfortable because your neighbors can overlook your chosen spot then think about a little extra coverage. Not only do they look rather lovely, give you all the fresh air you want and can provide that extra seclusion that you seek.

Ambient Noise

If you have roads and noisy neighbors then think about installing something to help block it out. While you might be thinking you’d need a large speaker, it doesn’t have to be so drastic. A water fountain can gurgle and ripple all of the chatter away for you.

If that seems like a lot of hassle, then you might consider some beautiful wooden wind chimes. The tinkly metal ones can sometimes be a little obnoxious, but the dulcet tones of the wood type can be rather pleasing to the ear.

Often the easiest way to ensure your privacy is by giving it to others too. Being polite but not getting into too many conversations, not involving yourself in street goings on will let everyone know it’s just not your thing. Privacy in a busy world is sacred.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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