Ideas for Using Lattice on a Porch for Privacy

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Ideas for Using Lattice on a Porch for Privacy
Lattice Porch (side veranda. image by mdb from Fotolia.com)

Porches extend the square footage of a home. Whether using the porch for entertaining guests or quiet summer evenings spent alone, lack of privacy should not hinder the enjoyment. Using lattice to create privacy on the porch fashions a beautiful retreat that homeowners will take pleasure in for many years to come.

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Lattice Walls

Porches with roofs enable installation of lattice-panel walls. Homeowners may hire a contractor or build the walls without assistance. Follow all local building codes when upgrading a home. Enclosing a porch with lattice creates an outdoor room for entertaining and other uses. Lattice porches add country charm to a home. Choose from wooden, vinyl, or plastic lattice in crisscross patterns. For a distinctive look, order custom made lattice. Purchase lattice-designed doors to complete the look. Lattice panels generally come in 4x8 sheets. When transporting lattice lay panels flat to prevent damage.

Lattice Trellises

Attaching several lattice trellises to the exterior portion of the porch allows for privacy and a place for vines or climbing roses to grow. Find manufactured lattice trellises at building supply centres, local department stores or garden centres. Lattice trellises come in many shapes and sizes. Measure the area selected for trellises before purchasing. Choose plants according to zone hardiness and local soil conditions. Train plants to climb up trellises by gently attaching them with string.

Picture Frame Lattice Screen

A purchased lattice screen placed on the porch offers the homeowner an instant privacy barrier for parties or unexpected gatherings. Arranging empty picture frames on the lattice screen adds a unique decorative touch. Gold gilded or antique picture frames create an elegant look. For a birthday party, add portraits of the guest of honour. Do not leave an interior lattice screen or picture frames outdoors as the elements will damage them.

Garden-Light Lattice

Create a sparking privacy panel for a garden party or a quiet dinner on the porch by twining garden lights through the lathes of an interior or exterior lattice screen and placing it on the porch. Drape tulle fabric over the screen to flutter in the breeze. Use an extension cord to power the lights. Keep electrical cords away from water. Turn lights off when not in use. If the porch does not have a roof, store lattice screen indoors when not using it.

Shimmering Lattice

For a moonlit summer night, try draping a length of iridescent fabric to a homemade or purchased lattice screen and positioning it at the edge of the porch for privacy. Silk flowers added to the shimmering lattice screen lend beauty and elegance. Votive candles or garden lights twined through the screen make the shimmering lattice glisten. Burning candles too close to fabric creates a fire hazard. Store the lattice screen indoors away from the elements.

Planter Lattice Screen

Large porches grant room for homeowners to use store-bought or homemade planters with upright lattice panels installed inside the planter. Place lattice planters along the edges of the porch as movable privacy screens. Grow vines and other climbing plants on the lattice for added privacy. As with all gardening, check local zones for plant hardiness. In northern zones, plants growing in planters may freeze. Setting planters on bases with casters allows for easy relocation. Planters work well for gardeners with limited space. Grow flowers, vines or vegetables in the lattice planters.

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