Now, after the necessary analyses (Steps 1-5), it's back to the drawing board! With tracing paper on top of your base and lot analysis maps, make a number of alternative general use sketches, fitting the use areas together in ways that take into account site features and family needs. Use circles, ovals and rectangles to locate specific spaces within your public and private areas. Keep the sketches that seem to suit your lot and family needs. Discard those that do not.
While making your sketches, consider these questions: Does the existing vegetation that you wanted to keep still fit into your plans? Is the slope of your property appropriate for your proposed outdoor use areas? Do your use areas make the most effective use of sunlight? After answering these questions, you may want to discard some use area arrangements and consider alternatives.
Grassed or hard-surfaced travel routes must be planned to provide convenient movement between different use areas. Indicate these routes with arrows on your plans.
So far, you have been collecting and combining information about your homesite and your needs. To give specific shape to the general use areas and to complete your landscape design (Step 7) you will need some understanding of design and composition principles. The next two sections give an overview of these principles.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.