Art has never been my strong point, but at least I learnt how to use graph paper and a ruler. This is roughly what we envision for the position of our new home on the block:
The canal is South-West of the block and we think we’ll get the best view down the canal with a house plan orientated this way, rather than flipping it over for a mirror image. The problem with this is the Western sun. We are going to have to be clever with our windows and their treatments and outdoor shade.
You may have noticed a pool! Personally, I prefer the outdoor lounge (with previously mentioned glass of wine) but the 3 Little Pigs and the Nice Wolf are big fans of swimming pools. So now it gets complicated. All my reading suggests that it is best to design in the pool right from the start of the build, and may even be necessary to dig your hole before the house foundations are laid. So much for adding in the pool later, when the shock of new home payments has dulled a little.
The next bit that I can’t quite get my head around is how to make the canal retaining walls have “street appeal” while sticking to the covenants. I really would like something more than just a limestone wall. Since the retaining wall will be one of the first jobs (if not the first?) this also has to be thought about well in advance.
We are starting to think that it may be wise to involve a landscape designer from the start to get these bits right. (We’d do as much of the landscaping as possible ourselves, following the designer’s plan.) The dollars just keep adding up.