The two trees next to the house are going to be a huge focal point on the home. The house will also sit on a 2-4 foot pad. I have been learning towards a pair of little gem magnolias, but also dogwood, and jane/ann tulip magnolia. I wouldn't mind something bigger and about 10 foot away, but do think it might then not soften the corner. Will be doing it all myself, already have some segos, JM, two 6foot red buds for the back.