we noticed that we could easily and clearly see people walking on the street behind our house. so we walked out there and could see right into our living room and bedroom windows. the usual fix for more privacy is lattice extending the height of the fence. the usual premade lattice sections are one foot tall. we needed to add two feet.
these are custom made lattice extensions two feet tall. the lattice fits into a groove cut into the two by four frames. the fence is old and slightly wobbly. a couple of posts are shaky at the bottom. so there is a lot of reinforcing hidden on the backside. we now have a bit more privacy.
the yard is nicely landscaped for low maintenance. and is boring. the dirt may have been fine many years ago when this are was grassland but that was scraped bare to build houses and the dirt has settled into hard clay. a neighbor warned us that shrubs and turf may grow decently but flowers and vegetables require better soil. we decided to go for raised beds filled with good dirt. i built a three foot by six foot box and got a half yard of compost with goat manure, which filled the box and left some for flowers somewhere.
in a modified sheet composting move we put down heavy cardboard, put the box there and filled it with good dirt. we have to do some travelling next week for family stuff so we will plant some starts when we return. the long term plan has many more boxes like this and the removal of the boundary at the edge of the sod.