Australians love spending time in the backyard. Whether we’re eating, playing or entertaining, we feel at home in our private outdoor sanctuary. But with block sizes getting smaller and neighbours getting closer, it’s understandable if you feel like your backyard isn’t so private anymore. Well, luckily there is a solution.
Adding timber screening is a fantastic way to make your backyard feel more private without losing any of nature’s gifts. You’ll still have plenty of natural light and catch the cool summer breezes, but you won’t have to worry about a lack of privacy.
If you want to see how timber screening can transform your backyard, keep reading. We’ll look at some design options to consider, as well as the best timber to use for outdoor areas.
Timber Screening Options
Horizontal/Vertical Timber Screening
Horizontal and vertical timber screening adds a classic and classy look to any home. The straight lines of the battens make a strong architectural statement and will suit both modern and older home designs. You can set the battens as close or far apart as you want depending on how much privacy you need. Horizontal and vertical timber screening is certainly a preferred look for many homeowners and as a side benefit, the design creates beautiful patterns when the sun hits it.
Lattice Timber Screening
Lattice screening is another classic design that offers great privacy. Some may think the lattice design is old fashioned, but it still features heavily in Australian backyards. If you’re a green thumb, you can use your lattice timber screen as a support for climbing plants. As with horizontal and vertical screening, a lattice timber screen will let through plenty of natural light and a cool breeze.
Alternative Timber Screening Designs
The design of your timber screening should complement the rest of the outdoor space. You can go all out and create geometrical shapes or abstract style screening – as long as it fits in with the mood of the space. Even though you’re working with straight lines, you can create some unique designs that will make your timber screening a statement piece.
Choose the Right Timber
If your outdoor timber screening will be exposed to the elements (and most will), you’ll need to choose a timber that’s durable, weather-resistant and easy to maintain. Some popular options include:
- Spotted Gum
- Western Red Cedar
- Design Pine
As we mentioned earlier, you’ll want your timber screening to fit in with the existing landscape, so consider the colours of the timber. Remember though, many timbers can be colour toned.
Additional Timber Screening Features
There are plenty of extra features you can add to your timber screening to make the space even more exciting. One alternative is a combination of timber and metal screening. Using the two elements side by side looks great and helps to enhance the natural features of the timber.
You can also add lighting to highlight your outdoor space at night or attach climbing plants or hanging baskets to add to the natural feel. Outdoor furniture, such as a comfortable seating area or a dining table, can also help transform your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis.
Timber Screening Maintenance
To keep your timber screening looking good, regular maintenance is essential. How frequently you need to clean, oil or reseal your timber screening all depends on the timber you choose, the position of your timber screen and its exposure to the elements. Many timbers will naturally ‘silver off’ over time and some people prefer this look. However, if you want to maintain its original colour, there are plenty of products available – make sure to follow the product manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance.
If you’re ready to create a private oasis using timber screening, Austim has a huge selection of timbers to choose from. If you know the area but you’re unsure about the best timber to use, contact the team at Austim. As Perth’s leading timber supplier, we can recommend the best timber for your project and budget.