When Home Sweet Home Stops Being So Sweet

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  1. Sheldon Scott

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    We have no fences but plenty of privacy. Our house sits in the middle of 25 acres. Our nearest neighbors are over 1/8 mile away with plenty of trees in between. The closest house to us is now vacant but I think it has been sold. Hoping for some good new neighbors.
     
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    oooh that's my idea of a dream home.... would you like to swap... ? :D
     
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    @Babs Hunt , A friend of mine put some kind of screen wire around her porch. It lets them see through to the outside but other people can't see inside. I don't know where they got it but it's probably available at Lowe's.
     
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    No swap, but we could use a full time housekeeper if you want to move here.;)
     
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    hahahaha.... you should be on the stage...as a comedian...lol... my housekeepin' days are waaay over :D:D
     
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  6. Babs Hunt

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    Well I haven't updated this for awhile so here's where we are at now. The first Duplex is basically finished and this is what I see when I open my front door and step out on the porch.
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    This is the side views now.
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    We will definitely need some kind of privacy hedging put in place and now that they have finished pouring the concrete driveway and parking area it is time to get serious about whether we will go with fencing or some kind of natural greenery to bring us some privacy.

    Here are some of the green fir trees I found that I think would work well in giving us a natural privacy screening.
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    The first picture is the ones I like best and which would grow really tall. So would the ones in the second picture. Nice places for the birds to nest too. And I will have to go back and check to be absolutely sure...but these grow really fast too.
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    https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Thuja-Green-Giant.htm
    I really like this one too...in fact it was my first choice but I wondered if it would be to wide...after reading all about it again I think this might be the one I'd want to plant for privacy. It's yearly growth rate is wonderful and in just a couple of years we should have most of that privacy we want.

    There is one problem with adding privacy fencing (lumber, etc.) and that is that it will be hard to do that with my oak trees in the middle of where we would put the fence. Planting these fir trees should take care of that problem and look much more natural too.

    I will get a shade or two for the porch though for when we want to sit out there and have our privacy.
     
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    Babs, you could probably work your oak tree into the fence if you wish, but it might be difficult. If the Thuja trees do well in your climate and don't shade out the oak tree, they would be a much easier option. The downside might be a lack of a physical barrier; pets, etc., could get through. It sounds as though you have a good living situation and it would be a shame to give it up.
     
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  8. Babs Hunt

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    @Don Alaska We don't have any full time pets that we would have to worry about getting through the lack of a physical barrier. And the birds and squirrels we feed daily would probably love having all that new greenery to hide and nest in...and it would be a natural border line with privacy for us too. :)

    Our cozy Acadiana Cottage has been perfect for us and still is in so many ways that are important. And there is just no way we want to make another move at this time of our lives. So with God's help we will find a solution we can all live with here and keep things as natural as can be too. Maybe we could do a combo of the natural wood fencing and some trees. :)
     
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    Actually, I was thinking of perhaps new neighbors having pets that invade your space.
     
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    Yes, my thoughts went that way too when you posted about the pets. This would not be a problem for us either way as we keep treats on hand for our neighbors pets too...in case they decide to come and "visit" with us.

    I have allergies that won't allow us to have a full time indoor pet of our own but my Honey and I love all God's creatures and they seem to love us right back. Some of our neighbors do not let the pets out unless they are with them for a walk, etc. but a few pets are let out and if we are home they head straight to our porch for their treat and some mutual affection. :)
     
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    I'm so excited that I have found exactly what I want to put up for privacy between our cottage and the new duplex that stares us in the face. This would be eight feet tall and I can just see it between us and that duplex! :)
     
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    That looks like an excellent solution, @Babs Hunt.
     
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    I think you will need a combination of plant and some kind of fencing. I think what you pictured here is very nice. That privacy will matter.

    I found a really nice newer mobile in a park but had to pass on it for two reasons. I didn't like the park. People also lived there in fifth wheels and portable trailers (no judgement) but I also noticed a disproportion of men in the park and the mobile had no privacy. Not one spot in the yard I could even put my laundry out. Which I will if it's allowed on not. Just need a spot to hide it. I keep looking.....
     
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    As the time draws ever nearer to us having new neighbors in the duplex so close and facing us, we have been busy (as I research) choosing things that will make us feel that we have more privacy from our new neighbors.

    Besides the lattice work privacy fencing in the picture in one of my posts above we have also picked out a portable gazebo to shade us from the sun and protect from the insects and mosquitoes that are a staple here in Louisiana. This gazebo will also shade a nice entertainment area we are working on. The gazebo will fit perfectly into the space in the picture below. We will clear out the space and my Honey is working on putting the patio stones, etc. down in the area where our Christmas tree that died this past winter was.
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    We have picked this portable gazebo which is a great price, easy to take down and store during bad weather and comes with the protective insect and mosquito netting. The two photos show it open and with the netting down.
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    The rose garden, etc. flower bed will be directly in front of the gazebo and the lattice privacy fencing will be in front of and to the sides of the flower bed. We may decide to do the lattice panels in white or grey to blend in with our cottage and gazebo. :)

    Since we probably will not be doing much traveling anymore...we have decided to do more home entertaining...and with that in mind we are having fun making an outdoor area we can share with company and also enjoy together. I'll put more pictures as it all comes together.

    Our Landlord loved the picture of the privacy screening I showed him and we have the okay to proceed whenever we are ready. It's fun picking out the things for our house doors home improvement.
     
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    That's a lot of work you are putting in @Babs Hunt I do hope the new neighbors will be quiet and not be a noise problem for you when you are outside trying to have an enjoyable time.
     
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    Well Kitty this is our home...we don't want to move (unless we win the Lottery someday :)) and we aren't going to let some new neighbors or that new duplex stop us from living our lives. It isn't going to cost us much money to do what we're doing...more labor than anything else and since my Honey loves working outside that's not a problem for him at all (and I'll help as I can).

    Our Landlord will never stand for having new tenants who cause problems or party all night long disturbing everyone else, etc. And I can say with all honesty that except for two tenants who were out within a couple of months of causing problems...we have nice neighbors who we get along just fine with. The young tenants go out and party and then come home to sleep, eat, bath, and work, etc. The older ones like us are often back here sitting out on the porch with my Honey and sometimes me. This neighborhood is nice and quiet for the most part. When I say entertaining...I just mean having someone over to eat and chat with. And since we don't have a big place it will not be more than a couple of people at a time. I can't have my whole family over because our place is not big enough...but I can have one daughter and her family at a time for a simple grill or cooked inside meal and a little special time together. No late night parties for us...we can't stay up for that anymore. :)

    I thought a lot about moving when that new duplex went up, prayed about it a lot too...but there is peace in my heart that at this time this is home and we are going to keep right on enjoying it. :)
     
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    It seems you live in a nice place @Babs Hunt I am sorry about the changes but you are finding solutions also. I'm also glad you have a responsive landlord.
     
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    Looks like we will be having some new neighbors soon as the duplex is finally ready to be rented and I have already seen a couple of people come and look at it but I don't know yet if any of them have signed a rental agreement.

    We probably won't be putting the privacy screening up until sometime in September since that is when our former Landlord and now next door neighbor will be back to his home here. By that time we should know just how bad we will need that privacy screening, etc.

    And we will know if our Home Sweet Home is still just that.
     
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    Hope you get some real nice neighbor's. Maybe an older couple.

    Although I love kids, not too fond of them for neighbor's. Especially teens. :)

    Smaller ones can get noisy when playing outside and I've gotten lots of balls in my yard. :)

    For awhile the neighbor behind me had young kids and a trampoline...no fence high enough for privacy from a jumping child, lol.

    Plus it makes Pickles bark even more.
     
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    That's always a bit stressful @Babs Hunt It's a toss up who you will get. Some people are good and normal and some are just a mess and disrespectful.

    I have new downstairs neighbors. Younger. So far no trouble but I miss the guy who lived there for a couple of years. Always left for work about 8 and was gone for about half the weekends.
     
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    I did post this news in the Good Morning thread but thought I would add it here too. We finally know who will be moving into the duplex.

    In the one facing us directly will be a young Nurse who is going to have a baby. In the the other part of the duplex will be an older woman who is coming from Seattle. I don't know if she's our age yet but she must be close to it. Her daughter came to check out the place and rented it for her Mom. They will both be moving in next month.

    Since I love babies I am excited that the Nurse is going to have one. And hopefully maybe I will find a new friend in the older woman. Maybe even a work out buddy! :)
     
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    I hope they will turn out to be good neighbors @Babs Hunt
     
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    Yesterday we begin redoing our porch area. It is the start of our project to give our home an update and make more privacy areas for us because of the new duplex that stares us in the face the minute we walk out our front door. I set up everything but the bistro table which my Honey put together after I picked him up from doing the Dairy order at work. The picture is a little misty because the rain misted my camera lens. The other picture is how things looked before my Honey put the table together,
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    On the other half of the porch I did this. Thie storage bench is good for seating while my Honey is able to keep the things he needs for his outdoor projects close at hand. When it rains though if you don't have a cover for the bench that is rain proof then water gets in through the cracks between the lid and back of the bench. I had that old vinyl picnic table cloth which works fine to keep the water out...but now I will be looking for one that will match the bistro chair cushions.
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    I took the old plastic seating and baker's rack and moved it here which gives us another sitting area when my Honey grills, etc. and with the baker's rack there now he will be able to repot his plants and start pot new cuttings, etc. without having to bend down from his chair to take care of this. We still have a long ways to go on getting things the way we want them to be but at least we have begun the project. I made these changes all by myself while my Honey was at work. I wanted it to be a surprise for Father's Day for him...and it was. And he was very happy about that surprise. :)
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