Wind Gap Between Fence Panels

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Hi.
I've got a 1800mm concrete posted fence which has a 10 to 20mm gap between each of the 20mm x 140mm palings/ boards. This I assume is to allow moisture swell and wind to come through the fence and stop it from sailing across the gardens.

This is fine and generally wouldn't be a problem but we have a sunroom and when sitting on the sofa I feel like I'm invading my neighbours privacy as we lock eyes everytime they go out their back door.

This is a problem throughout my estate, some have attempted to resolve it by putting 2inch lathes between the boards blocking the view through entirely, others have planted hedges etc

I like the idea of closing the gap with an over board or lathe but am concerned that it may come down in a bad storm due to wind.

So I've had a bit of a play around with sketchup and come up with the below.
I'll use 3 x 10/20mm x 40/50mm packers to create an air gap behind a 20mm x 75mm overboard. The 75mm overboard will be drilled into the packer, the existing fence and then existing fence rails giving a ribbed effect but allowing airflow.
Has anyone seen anything like this? any thoughts.

I found a photo online which gives an idea of the desired effect. The difference being the overboard will be raised 10/20mm off the original fence panel.
 

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What you suggests looks good but I am not sure the gap is for the wind, fences are normally blown over when wooden posts rot, or panels are not fixed correctly. Back in the day when suburban back garden fences were 3 feet tall or less and neighbours talked to each other, there was ironically a greater sense of privacy than now!

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What you suggests looks good but I am not sure the gap is for the wind, fences are normally blown over when wooden posts rot, or panels are not fixed correctly. Back in the day when suburban back garden fences were 3 feet tall or less and neighbours talked to each other, there was ironically a greater sense of privacy than now!

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Modern fences can be a blight on some gardens, restricting growth and casting far too much shade - i've seen gardens with about 15' width or less surrounded by 6' fences that practically block out the light, turning it into a prison yard.
A good way to ensure privacy without blocking a gap is with a climbing plant or a rambling rose.
 
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No issues with the neighbour and get on well. I'd just be more content with privacy in the summer when I'm out on the patio drinking a beer with my ever developing gut hanging out. I think the neighbours would appreciate it too as they've put up a privacy screen of sorts on their other boundary line.

RE: small gardens Yes I've been in gardens like that in the past but ours is more medium size say 14x12m and South West facing so bathed in sun most of the day.

It's a boundary fence. I've been involved with highly contentious party wall disputes through work and after the horrors I've seen I'd be very afraid of touching a boundary wall/ fence without OK ING it with the neighbour. Like I say we get on well so no issue. Though in this case there should be little concern.

I'll attempt a trial next week to see what it looks like.
 

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