Landscape Design Tips for Hiding Utility Boxes in Coeur d'Alene

This is the season when, as buds and blooms fall and fade, Autumn reveals the ugliest parts of our yards. But don't worry; now is an excellent time for a structural re-design to hide those eyesores! Here are some ideas on how you can hide some of the most unsightly views in your landscape.

*Please be aware that most electrical boxes have requirements for leaving plenty of space around them. Always read any labels or contact the utility companies for proper guidelines before securing structures around utility boxes. Safe is always best.*

Eyesores Against the House

Even though we appreciate utilities, the boxes attached to your home with their lengthy pipe systems can completely ruin the design aesthetic of your home. The challenge with covering these eyesores is that you still need to be able to access them. One option is to build a small, vertical cabinet system with an open back. This will aptly cover the appliance while still shielding it from view (and decorative handles for the door can coordinate with your home's interior). A cabinet is also a fantastic option for hiding exterior outlets! For best camouflage, paint the wood the same color as your house.

During warmer weather, you may keep a garden hose next to the exterior faucet. While hose storage reels work fine, consider a wood box a cute, decorative hose storage option!

Large Utility Boxes

Larger utility boxes can be challenging to hide from view due to their size. Many containers are painted green to blend in with natural surroundings. This is why we recommend using green camouflage. Shrubs, ornamental grasses, or flowering bushes with evergreen foliage would be best. Avoid using a tree, as it won't effectively conceal the box, and its expansive root system could damage underground pipes. If shrubs don't work in your space, consider a lattice privacy screen or the like--just ensure one can easily remove it for necessary access.

Small Pipes and Drainage Covers

Similarly, you can easily hide small electrical boxes or sewer lids in a landscape design with shrubs or flowers. Ensure to plant evergreen foliage for year-round coverage, and you're set! Another option is to purchase appropriately-sized faux rock covers. Designed to look like boulders or large rocks, these cover smaller boxes and vertical pipes and are both effective camouflage and easy to remove!

Cans and Bins

With recycling and garbage cans, hiding them while keeping them easily accessible is a challenge. Thankfully, we're here to help! Several models and sizes of storage sheds are available that work great, or you can opt to DIY a lattice fence on the side of your house to block their view. Whichever option works best for your landscape and budget, we recommend painting the structure the same color as your house. Not only will it then coordinate beautifully with your home, but then the lattice will become the perfect place for climbing flowers to grow! It will become a gorgeous d├ęcor point in your landscape design.

Other Tips

Here are some other things to keep in mind! Many landscape bloggers recommend using small, foldable screens to cover anything you don't want to be seen. However, while these screens may work temporarily, we advise against them. Depending on the style, they may bring MORE attention to a space by looking out of place.

In the spring and summer, you can plant lots of flowers around the base of any ugly item to conceal the area further. For year-round coverage, we recommend something with evergreen foliage such as rhododendrons, hydrangea, boxwoods, or other shrubs.

We hope these ideas have given you confidence in falling in love with your landscape! Need more of an overhaul? Give us a call! (866) 467-8298