How to Hide the Ugly Stuff

by Jacqueline Neal 07/07/2019

Everyone had something ugly in their yard that they want to hide. For many, it’s the oversized trash bins that don’t really fit in the garage but are big and distracting when left out. Others may have utility boxes that mar your lovely landscaping. In some cases, it’s lawn equipment or gardening tools that don’t have a place you can tuck them away.

Here are some ideas of ways to hide your ugly stuff and beautify your home.

Trash Bins

If your oversized cans must be outdoors, create a trellis enclosure to surround them. Place pots with climbing plants such as ivy and trumpet vine along the sides so that they grow up and over the trash cans. However, remember to leave enough space for you to open the lids conveniently.

Another option for trash bins is to make a raised planter box that rises above the cans. Plant bright annuals, vegetables, or succulents in the box.

Utility boxes

To cover a utility box, vent pipe, or other smaller eyesore, purchase a faux stone or cluster of rocks to set on the street-side of it. Surround it with flowering plants or small bushes to give it a more pleasing look.

Disguise utility boxes with raised beds and fill them with taller perennials such as Iris or Agapanthus. The beautiful blooms distract from the ugly utility boxes and hide them in plain sight.

Tools

When a full toolshed is not an option, hide your tools in a patio chest. These chests double as extra seating for entertaining and can even hold a small lawnmower if necessary.Or, create a hideaway cabinet under the deck landing. Just wrap the area with siding to match the deck, add access doors and voila, your tools are hidden in an area that looks like it was meant to be there.

Fireplace Logs

When you have a wood-burning fireplace but don’t know where to store the logs, build a bench seat similar to a crate and stack the wood under it. Use the bench for extra seating or as a display shelf for your favorite potted plants.

Use two pillars of your patio cover to stack the logs between, but place lattice on the patio side to hide the wood. Hang planters from the trellis to create a walled garden to bring cheery greenery to your patio area while hiding the logs.

Hoses

Hide your hose in a lovely pot situated near to the faucet. Most garden centers and DIY hardware stores offer choices specially designed to keep unruly hoses in check.

Whatever the problem area, you can find a way to keep it hidden from view with a little ingenuity and effort. Doing so improves your home’s curb appeal and increases your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.

About the Author
Author

Jacqueline Neal

 Jacqueline has lived in Colorado for more than 25 years, mainly in the Foothill mountains outside the Denver Metro area. Having lived and worked in the Conifer area since moving here after marrying her husband in 1996. Both Jaqueline and her husband are also successful business owners and have enjoyed living in the beautiful mountain community.

With a background in banking for 25 years and the last 15 years in the lending department, specializing in Real Estate loans, mainly construction and land right here in the foothills from Morrison, Evergreen to Fairplay and all in between.

Jacqueline has also had a tremendous involvement in our community as a member of both the Conifer and Platte Canyon area Chambers; past member of Conifer Rotary and currently serving as the Chair of our local Salvation Army serving the 285 corridor.

Jacqueline is a Broker Associate and Realtor serving as a member of The National Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors and our local Mountain Metro Association of Realtors(MMAR) and a Certified Mountain Area Specialist.

Jacqueline’s passion and commitment to her community and providing excellent customer service for all of your Real Estate needs is what she will bring to you.