You look through the eastern windows of your home and see a rising sun. It lines dew-kissed lavender fields that waft gracefully in the morning’s gentle breeze. Beyond this sea of faintly flowing flowers is a vast expanse of valley, dropping down hundreds of miles to a silent river that lazily paints a swab of blue through the curving cracks of a distant vista.
You are inspired.
Inspired to make the most of your view.
Now granted, the scene I just described may not exactly match what’s outside your window, but that doesn’t make your view any less worthy of accentuation. Your view is, after all, a major part of your property, and you’ll want to enjoy it and show it off just as much as your house and anything inside it.
So here are some ways to do just that!
First thing’s first: get some cable railing.
If you have wood pickets, a decorative iron railing, or even glass surrounding your outdoor space, you may have trouble seeing past it. Replace your current system with cable railing, and you’ll get much more out of your view. The beauty of cable railing (in addition to the literal beauty of it’s simple, modern design) is that your gaze easily passes through to what’s beyond. Only a handful of strong, narrow posts and thin stainless steel cables will be between you and your surroundings.
After you install a cable railing system, here are some more tips on how to maximize your view:
Install Larger Windows
The bigger the windows, the more you can enjoy what’s on the other side of them. Not all homes come with huge windows, though. That doesn’t mean larger windows aren’t a possibility and if the conditions of your desired window location are right, you can install a big, beautiful window that invites the visage of greenery beyond the glass into your home like a welcome neighbor. Since structural support is always a concern with projects like these, make sure to contact an experienced contractor before tearing out any walls. Should all go well and you get your windows without the house imploding, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!
Trim or Remove Trees on Your Property
Trees provide natural privacy, shade, and can even aid landscaping through shaping the layout of your surroundings. Sometimes though, they can overpower or block your view, impeding it rather than complimenting it. If that’s the case, you might want to trim or chop the trees in question. This can be a dangerous project though, so don’t be too quick to pick up your ax. Consult or hire a professional first. Don’t get too trim-happy either. A heavily-amputated tree trunk may be less obstructive, but it’s also a sad sight for sore eyes. Instead, try only to “window prune”: selectively removing branches in the tree’s interior to open up viewing spaces.
Easements, Local Ordinances, and HOAs
Unlike the items in your home, not everything within your eyesight actually belongs to you or is under your control. Your neighbor might build a huge garage that’s blocking a distant mountain range. After you trim your trees, another neighbor may plant a new wall of them on their own property. When things like this happen, it’s best to first try talking things out, but that doesn’t always work, especially if your neighbors are adamant about their decision or apathetic to your concerns. If you’ve exhausted all other options and remain committed towards the preservation of your view, you might want to consider legal action.
Before dishing out any lawsuits, be sure to consult a legal representative and familiarize yourself with the local and national laws pertaining to your specific situation. Here are a few suggestions which might interest you and be worth further consideration and research.
Try checking your city’s ordinances. Some cities – mainly ones near the ocean or other scenic backdrops – have enacted ordinances that consider a home’s view part of it’s value, giving you the right to sue your neighbor in order to preserve it.
Another potential option is an easement, which in the case of your view could be used to prevent a neighboring property owner from planting or building anything that reaches an obstructive height. These are easiest to obtain when building your home on undeveloped land. If nearby properties already exist, pursuing an easement will be much more difficult.
Another suggestion is joining your local Homeowners’ Association (HOA), as this can give you more influence over the legally-binding contracts your neighborhood agrees to abide to (which can include codes for view preservation, giving you legal grounds to sue a neighbor).
Though we can’t help you carry out all of these suggestions, when it comes to cable railing, we’ve got you covered. Just contact Stainless Cable & Railing at 1-888-686-7245 to get a more scenery-compatible railing system today!