Garbage cans, utility boxes, and AC units are necessary to making your home function properly but unfortunately they can detract from your home’s exterior. Here are some simple ideas for how you can disguise these unsightly outdoor eyesores quickly and easily.
1.) Go for a Garbage Can Shed
In situations where storing garbage cans and recycling bins inside a garage isn’t an option, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. A garbage shed is an outdoor storage shed that’s designed to store large outdoor garbage cans and recycling bins. These structures not only hide your garbage cans but they also keep them secure in high winds and keep critters like raccoons and opossums out.
2.) Conceal an AC Unit
Like most outdoor eyesores, air conditioning units are big and bulky necessities that cannot be moved, easily at least. They can be especially obnoxious to look at when they are visible from the street or are placed near outdoor entertaining spaces. There are a number of ways you can attempt to hide an ac unit – plant some bushes and flowers around the unit, diy a fence around it – but perhaps the fastest and easiest way to hide it is to use an outdoor privacy screen. Outdoor screens, like the resin wicker design shown below, can also help to cut down on noise as well, which is ideal when an outdoor entertaining space is located near the unit.
3.) Contain Clutter
An outdoor storage cabinet or deck box is perfect for containing and concealing clutter like pool chemicals and equipment or gardening tools that might otherwise be left out in plain view.
4.) Corral the Garden Hose
There are solutions out there for those that find that their hose is always strewn about the yard in a tangled mess. Your hose can be neatly tucked away in a decorative hose pot or rolled up on a hose reel.
5.) Mask Meters
Meter boxes attached to the house are unattractive and costly to move. You can try painting it the same color as your house to help it blend in with its surroundings or you can trying hiding it behind a decorative trellis. Trellises came in a variety of styles, shapes, and materials making it a nice decorative touch to the exterior of your home.
6.) Cover Up Unsightly Cement
You can easily disguise cracked, dingy, or stained cement and decking without a lot of work or expense by simply laying down a pretty outdoor rug.
7.) Organize Garden Tools
Your work in the garden is never done so it makes sense to keep your most used tools accessible. A potting bench creates a purposeful outdoor work space for gardening and also provides great storage options for extra soil, small gardening tools, extra pots, and even fire wood.
8.) Strategically Place Garden Decor
If the plants themselves don’t disguise ugly pvc pipes or well heads in a garden, a thoughtfully placed bird bath or fountain might be just what you are looking for. A garden statue or decorative faux rock can also provide disguise in these situations as well.
9.) Disguise Utility Boxes
Unfortunately utility boxes are often placed in the most inconvenient locations, like the front yard! In these situations, a small corner fence accompanied by some pretty landscaping can be all you need to camouflage the eyesore. Depending on the size and shape of the utility box, an obelisk trellis can cover it nicely as well.
10.) Create a Natural Barrier
Plants, trees, and flowers are great natural ways to hide or distract from eyesores out in the yard or on the house itself. You can choose to plant them directly in the ground or in a planter. Planters are great for places like porches, patios, and decks where planting directly in the ground isn’t an option.
11.) Put Up a Fence
If you want to divert eyes from unsightly neighboring views, a tall fence or hedge is the way to go.