A land plan of the property, as shown in Figure 19-27, is an excellent starting point. Sometimes a parcel plan is provided when the property is purchased. If this is not the case, consult the local county assessor's office or the GIS County Tax and Deed website. The parcel plan must include the property lines, indicate the location of the house on the property and indicate the alleys, easements and any other limitations. Be sure to check for any setbacks or flows on the property that may have their own set of legal settings. The location of exact property boundaries is important when a fence is part of the final design.
The effective use of color can enlarge the space. The distant objects appear with a fine gray texture to the eye. The use of gray and fine-textured plants at the edge of the landscape can increase the apparent distance between the viewer and the plant. Tapering aisles or plantations towards a vanishing point can also create an illusion of distance. The use of strong colors and coarse textures in front of a border helps to enlarge the area. To make the space smaller, reverse this concept and use bright colors and coarse textures in the back and softer colors and finer textures at the front.
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