If you have a view from your deck or patio you’d rather not look at every day—and moving is more than you’re willing to commit—you might benefit from this DIY privacy wall!
Also reducing noise and adding aesthetics to one’s backyard, this construction project can create a calm atmosphere for any family while encouraging everyone to come outdoors more and enjoy nature. This privacy wall is built to last, so it may help to have some experience with construction and power tools. If you think this is the project for you, check out the guide below and get started!
Materials and Tools
- Chop saw
- Measuring tape
- Drill and bit
- Post hole digger
- Nail gun
- Wood glue
- Eleven 2-in x 4-in x 12-ft prime ground contact lumber, pressure-treated
- Five 4-in x 4-in x 8-ft ground contact posts, pressured-treated
- Seventy-eight 1-in x 4-in x 8-ft smooth lumber pieces, cedar
- Five 50 lb. sacks of concrete mix, fast-setting
- Five adjustable galvanized post brackets/bases
- Exterior screws, 3-inch
- Exterior screws, 1 ⅝-inch
- Galvanized bolt, ½-in – 13 tpi x 5-in
- Galvanized washer, ½-in
- Galvanized hex nut, ½-in – 13 tpi
- Galvanized steel nails, 2-in 16-ga
Directions for an Outdoors Privacy Wall
- Note: Check with local ordinances before starting construction in case this type of wall requires a permit.
- Scout a location and dig a total of five post holes. The holes should be in a straight row with four feet in between. Every hole must be 10 inches in diameter and 12 inches in depth. The whole length must equal 16 feet.
- Next, pour one bag of concrete mix into each hole, up to the specified depth per the manufacturer’s directions, and follow your concrete’s mixing instructions from there. Set your post brackets on the top of the now wet concrete, letting it dry for about 24 hours.
- For each bracket, attach a 4-in x 4-in post, which will create an 8-ft x 16-ft stud wall.
- Cut the 2-in x 4-in x 12-ft foot boards into sixteen 2-in x 4-in x 4-ft pieces. Then, using a nail gun, attach those same 2-in x 4-in x 4-ft boards to the stud wall at increments of two feet. This should add stability and add to the design’s aesthetic appeal.
- Using wood glue, glue the 1-in x 4-in x 8-ft cedar boards to the stud wall at the points where the boards and wall meet.
- Reinforce every cedar board using 1-in x 4-in nails. Cover the entire stud wall with cedar boards.
- Once a two-dimensional wall has been erected, it’s at this point that the builder can begin adding the three-dimensional elements that will make his or her privacy wall unique.
- Begin forming a diagram of how you wish the wall to look. For example, your diagram could have rows of lumber with specific lengths that have extra cedar pieces along them—this creates a unique texture to the wall that can really come to life once it is lit from below, creating an impressive view of stark shadows.
- Once you have your design written out clearly, begin cutting cedar boards for it.
- Attach the different cut boards onto your wall, using wood glue and the previous nailing pattern for strength.
- Once your privacy wall has been completely assembled, stain the wall using your color of choice.
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