In summer the tree gives a good screening to their house, but in winter it drops all its leaves and the house becomes a feature that we don't want.
We decided early on that we were going to build some screens to block the neighbours house out, and we would then have the option to take them down once the plants mature.
We had actually dug the holes for the screen posts a couple of months ago, so it was as simple as setting the posts and waiting for them to dry before we could attach the boards.
The posts are 100 x 100 H4 rough sawn posts. We got them from Bunnings and they were only $14.15 each. They are a bit rough and will be a bit painful to paint, but they are less than half the price of normal 100 x 100 posts. We bought 10 posts, but could do with two more. Each post takes 1.5 bags of rapid-set cement.
The first screen is to the left of the alfresco area. It blocks the majority of the neighbours house. In Spring the tree will sprout leaves and we should not see much of the neighbours house.
The second screen blocks off the rest of the neighbours house, plus the washing line.
|An internal shot looking from the kitchen window|
|Blurry dusk photo|
There is currently a gap between the two screens, which we will fill with a different type of screen and then plant out in front of all the screens. I will show you want they look like after they are painted and planted.