Q1. What size space do you have to work with? What is the main function do you want to take place in the space? Be realistic when answering. The following are examples:
a. The space is not as big as I would like. I would like to have a swimming pool; volleyball court and an outdoor kitchen…. You are dreaming wake up and smell reality!
b. It is on the smaller side. I would like to use it as a space to lounge and sunbathe. …Now that sounds do-able!
c. It is a wide-open large space. I would like to have a small pool with a lounge area and a fountain. …There is a realistic answer. When deciding what functions you want make sure they have some similarities that tie one another together!
Model Answer: Be realistic about what type and size of space you have to work with. Depending on your space you may not have enough room to have everything you want. Decide what is a must and what is a want.
Q2. What are some relative characteristics that define the type of space you are working with? Is the yard flat, sloped, hilly or restricted by vegetation?
Make your space work for you not against you. When considering your wants try and take advantage of any features you may have.
Ex. A flat yard is optimal for playing horseshoes.
Q3. What type of climate do you live in? A space that is functional throughout the year or most of the year is optimal.
Ex. If it is cold and snowy during 3 out of the 4 seasons, a pool is not optimal for that type of climate
Q4. How can you utilize the natural features of your yard?
Ex. You need a place for your kids to play. There is a large Oak tree in your yard= Install a swing or several swings to the strong tree.
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