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Sample Landscape Plan

The sample landscape plan below has been simplified, in order to illustrate how do-it-yourselfers can go about drawing their yards to scale. My drawing simply shows what the beginnings of a scale diagram will look like, indicating the boundaries, the North-South orientation and where the house lies in relation to those boundaries and to the street. To complete the scale diagram, you would then indicate where utility lines run and establish the positions of features you intend to keep (if any), such as patios and trees.

Again, to make matters simple for the purpose of clarity, both the house and the property in my example are kept small, and the house sits in the middle of the property. The property is 1600 square feet (40 x 40), while the house is only 64 square feet (8 x 8). Most houses (and many properties) are obviously larger than that, but the same drawing techniques will still apply.

The main point I wish to make is how to use the concept of "scale" to represent a property accurately on a piece of paper. The scale I use in my sample landscape plan is 1/8 inch = 1 foot. The squares of my graph paper measure 1/8 inch x 1/8 inch. Again, the property that I'm using as an example is 40 feet North to South and 40 feet East to West. Consequently, I've drawn my North-to-South boundary line so as to take in 40 squares of my graph paper, up and down. Likewise, I've drawn my East-to-West boundary line so as to take up 40 squares, left to right.

The house, too, is drawn accurately to scale, not only in terms of its size, but also in terms of its location on this property. Remember, the scale in this sample landscape plan is 1/8 inch = 1 foot. Since the house is 8 feet x 8 feet, it will take up 64 squares on the graph paper. Since the house's position in my example is dead-center, it will occupy the 64 squares right in the middle of the graph paper. That puts each of the 4 walls of the house precisely 16 feet away from its nearest boundary.

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