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How to create backyard privacy

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Fuquay-Varina | Posted: June 26, 2017


Summer is in full swing and if you are like most, getting outside and enjoying the beautiful temperatures of summer is just what the doctor ordered. Especially after a long day at work, there is nothing better than enjoying dinner out on your back patio or a nice drink with friends or neighbors once the sun goes down. However, if your current backyard space doesn’t give you the privacy you desire, you may be missing out on that backyard experience you crave. Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Fuquay-Varina, shares tips on how you can create your own backyard oasis on your own.

It is safe to say when you want to sit outside your backyard and enjoy a nice mean or drink, you want to do so in privacy and not have noisy neighbors or the sounds of traffic around to disturb you. Your backyard space should be a place of relaxation and not disturbance. If your backyard is not currently as private as you would like it to be, consider these tips to give your backyard oasis more privacy to enjoy for many years to come.

First, if you don’t already have a fence or wall in your backyard, consider adding one for privacy reasons. Even if you don’t have a pet or kids to keep contained in your yard, fences and walls provide a great deal of privacy and come in all shapes and sizes to your liking and budget.

If you are worried about the upkeep of a wood fence, vinyl fencing is a great alternative. Vinyl fencing resists discoloration and is available in a wide range of colors and styles.

If you are looking for a fast an inexpensive fencing option, a wood fence will be the best route to go. You can even buy prefabricated sections of wood fencing from your local home improvement store and install it yourself in a few days, if you want to go the do it yourself route.

Stone or brick walls are a different type of touch that can create a long-lasting barrier. You can pair a stone wall with screens or greenery to keep it from looking too prison-like.

An alternative to fencing or walls would be to place evergreens along the living space of your backyard, to essentially create a fence or wall out of trees. If you plat these yourself, it is best to plant them in a zig-zag pattern to create a fuller visual effect.

The most popular hedge plants to use for a barrier in your backyard are arborvitae, boxwood, yew and juniper. Ask your local florist or landscaper about the upkeep of each of these options or any they recommend, as some require more upkeep than others.

A lattice or louvered wood panel is another way to create some privacy in your backyard or possibly around your eating or entertaining area. It is best to anchor any type of screens you put up into the ground, so you don’t have to worry when gusty winds or storms come that your setup is going to take a hit or get damaged. Fabric panels are another inexpensive and easy way to provide privacy and create a more intimate setting.

If noise is an issue where you live, consider adding a fountain to your backyard. The rush or gurgle of the water in the fountain may be enough that it helps drown out the traffic or noise around you.

When it comes to fountains, there are simple off-the-shelf options or more custom options you can go with, starting at $100 and up to the thousands. Be aware of the size of the waterfall you choose. The larger the waterfall or the more facets the water has the fall, the louder it will be.

Implementing these tips into your own backyard will give you the privacy and relaxation you desire and can enjoy with family and friends over the years.



Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Newlywed searching for a new home?

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: June 19, 2017


Are you a newlywed or will be one sometime this year? Chances are, homebuying may be on your horizon as you begin to start a new chapter in your life and might be like one of the many newlyweds in the home buying market this year. Buying your first home can be a huge task to take on together as a couple, especially if neither of you know the process you need to take in order to buy a new home. Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Apex, shares tips you can use as you take on the home buying process together.

First things first, be sure to get your budget, credit score and financing taken care of as your first priority. This will give you your starting place as to how much home you can comfortably afford, so you can search accordingly.

The next thing you will want to look at is the neighborhoods that appeal to you and how far away you will be from work, but also any recreation you need in your daily life. For example, if you spend a lot of time downtown and work downtown, choosing a home 30 minutes away in the suburbs might not be the most practical choice for your lifestyle and commute. This can also affect your budget in the gas mileage you will have to invest daily.

Once you find an area that is most desirable for you to move, consider the size of the home you can afford and will need over at least the next five years. It is best not to purchase a home that suits you now, but one that will suit you five, seven or more years from now as well. Buying a home that is perfect for the two of you, but will be cramped if you decide to have a baby in the next couple of years could force you to have to move sooner than you may want. So, plan on a home you can grow into.

Be sure to figure in not just what your mortgage will be each month, but what you plan to spend on utilities, cable, car payments, student loans, food, furniture, credit cards, and other activities such as eating out, entertainment and so on. This way you can sit down together and figure out what your monthly expenses are, what you should allocate to bills, saving and “fun” money. Then you can be sure you don’t buy more house than you can afford and have to sacrifice a social life because you are “house poor.”

Another important thing you will want to keep on the forefront of your mind as you search will be safety and the locations that you look in. Be sure to investigate the safety of the neighborhoods you are looking in and see what the crime rates are like in those areas. You may be able to find a great deal on a home, but you don’t want to sacrifice safety for a good deal. Even though you won’t be living alone, it won’t be a smart move for your marriage or future family.

Lastly and most importantly, be sure to keep the communication open when it comes to not only searching for and purchasing a new home, but also what comes after you finally move in. Upkeep on the home and ongoing chores can create stress or issues in a marriage if they aren’t discussed ahead of time. Talk about who is responsible for what, if you want to divide and conquer or split the household chores evenly. Also, be sure to consider one another’s schedule. If one partner has long hours and a hectic work schedule, and the other has more free time, consider picking up some of the household duties and taking them off their plate so they don’t have to mess with it during the time they do have to enjoy at home.


These simple tips will start you off on the right foot for your new home and new marriage as well.



Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.


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