Explain: 'Anchoring house to lot' w/ trees
I've seen this term used a number of times but I don't understand how it works, for example with house shape/style and lot size.
My house, 50 years old, symmetrical shape (rectangular, stone construction) on half acre sloped lot from front yard to street doesn't look "gathered to the bosom of the earth" if that makes sense.
To "anchor the house" , where does one look to place trees for design purposes? (I mean aside from generic advice to plan for shade on the south or west side and keep deciduous trees rather than evergreen in spots to allow winter sun to enter.) Is there a "planting zone" for major front yard trees that is related to factors about the house or yard shape and style? When including small ornamental trees in addition to shade, is there a rule of thumb related to their placement vis a vis shade trees for design purposes?
Thanks for explanations, examples.