I went to view this house at the weekend which I kind of like. My only con at the moment is the garden being a bit overlooked by the neighbors at the back. Based on the photos below, please disregard everything else on the photos, is this a pretty common overlooked garden in Ireland? Is there way to work around to get some privacy? I mean, trees, plants, fences, etc.
That’s a bit worse than most as the house behind seems to be up a slope. But still some strategic planting would break up the view for both houses.
Don’t forget that depending on the slope the garden can also end up being overlooked by houses to either side of the lower house, which can be more annoying especially if it’s a north facing garden where you’ve to go the top of the garden to get sun. The back of the garden could be like a raised platform. I think the neighbours to the left have built up a fence of 3 foot on top of a 6 foot wall, perhaps to get around this problem.
My house is similar and it doesn’t really bother me, it’s more the kids that use the garden than us anyway. Not ideal of course but in Reference to the other thread about compromising on orientation or location, not being overlooked would be a lot further down my list of priorities.
It’s not a problem at all. A few evergreen shrubs and you’re ok.
In fact, there are advantages to being overlooked: if you’re house is being broken into during the day, there’s a better chance that neighbours might see an intruder at the back and report it. If you’re elderly and you fall at the back of your house and cannot get up, maybe a good Samaritan in the house at the back might help you out.
Not Leylandii - unprunable weed trees guaranteeing oppresion to both properties!
Put up a decent shed and flank with some decent planting.
Unless you are up to gross indecency or serious illegality (in which case
the neighbours will have you on You Tube anyway) you are probably OK.
My nude poteen making out back has been undisturbed for years due to artful screening by shed and shrub!
11m from back of house to back wall is planning standard for estates. My in-laws house has a similar set up and you really can’t see into the garden. You can see into the house though, so horizontal blinds add privacy…or net curtains if you’re into that sort of thing