'Specimen' tree at the front of the house, good idea or no?
I had a thread a few weeks ago about some general landscape 'design' questions. I got lots of good info but I think that post was a bit pre-mature and too general.
Now, I'll try to ask more specific questions about my ongoing landscape design at our new home.
Right now, we are trying to decide whether or not to place a 'specimen' tree (probably a Plum tree or Japanese Maple) directly in front of the house. We are by no means 'educated' on these things (of course, that's why I'm asking here), but it just seems natural to put one in front of the large dining room window. But, from reading more it seems that maybe that's not the best idea from a 'design' perspective.
What say you? What are the general guidelines to consider when trying to decide whether to do this or not?
Here's the picture of the house. We're talking about the big window in the middle. The area there in front (between the sidewalk and the house) is about 15' X 15'.
Thanks for the advice!