modern privacy screen in red cedar
modern privacy screen in red cedar

A Modern Privacy Screen


A modern privacy screen detail that can be built by any contractor. Use our details for this project and have your own contractor install it to our standards, or contact us to have one of our top notch privacy trellis builders do it for you. Our specialty is the Unique! Get in touch today to have your trellises installed this year! If you are the DIY type, start with one of our DIY fence plans first– that will teach you how to install the footings to last, and how to keep them in a straight line!

These professional plans contain details for the single screen feature, as well as the 3 panel option shown. The working drawing plans are architectural details showing only construction details. Size of parts and where they go. They assume you know how to build in the first place.

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A Modern take on a Wood Privacy Screen

A simple yet elaborate modern privacy screen detail can be used in just about any yard to create privacy, train vines and provide a focal point without being tacky or clashing with the rest of the neighborhood.  So often you see lattice nailed up between posts and think to yourself, that would have been beautiful in the 80’s. There are so many tasteful ways to create privacy without going full tacky!

Color matters! Staining a privacy panel white will give a more formal and classy look. White stain shows off shadows and detail.  A medium brown will make it fade away into the background and washes away the detail. A medium brown will cast something like an unattractive fence to the background. Leaving red cedar will age to a grey patina.  Growing vines over all or part of a wood privacy screen blends it with the landscape, regardless of the color.

A modern privacy screen should be easily constructed, yet a little uncommon. It doesn’t need to be metal or glass per se, but a unique pattern will help create something people stop and look at.

Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Yes, normally these are done with 6x6 posts, you can use 4x4 but they will not last as long. It is better to build this like a fence, set posts, install rails then clad the rails with the lattice.
  2. A Hi there-- They are fairly simple sections and elevations and adaptable for size. Just build with smaller or larger spaces to adjust the privacy level. I would say handyman level...