How To: Block Street Noise Using Screens

How To: Block Street Noise Using Screens

Abby Stone
Jul 18, 2008

Ana's back with an idea for how to block the noise coming from a busy street. What do you think of her idea and how do you block street noises from invading your home? Tell us in the comments

Homeowners living along a major thoroughfare face problems with noise, and it can be a challenge to maintain a little peace and privacy when the traffic level is booming. The solution? Willow or bamboo screens to act as a sight and sound buffer...

One home in Austin's Delwood neighborhood used dark brown willow fencing, available at garden supply stores, framed by stained wood beams. The staggered screens were installed at an angle to the street to block the house's front windows and entryway. The low-key, organic design blends in well with the neighborhood's mid-century aesthetic and acts as a backdrop for informal landscaping.

A house around the corner, which faces one of the neighborhood's main arteries, used bamboo screens to similar effect.

To do it yourself, all you'd need to do is attach the fencing, which comes in inexpensive rolls, to a frame made of 4x4s (for the sides) and 1x4s or 2x4s (for the top and bottom).

- Ana

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