Want to plan and landscape around new build
Hello! I was wondering if anyone can recommend books or really anything on the principles of landscape design. Below is information on specifics of my situation if anyone is interested. The house has yet to be built, and we are currently not living in the area so I do not have pictures. I'm trying to be proactive in planning since landscape design can go so wrong so quickly.
We will build a house in a few years in NE Iowa on the family farm. We have a plan picked out
It will most likely face West with a detached garage and will be on a couple of acres which will be surrounded by cropland. The house will also have a shed dormer on the front with (possibly yellow) lap siding on the main floor and wood shingles on the half story. I know the picture has a very 'Southern' feel, but I am really going for an early '30's bungalow. I have found many historic home plans which are very similar and will use like finishes.
Since I have the plan, location, and many of the building details figured out I would like to at least have a rough sketch of the landscaping finished by the time we build. I think at least half of the acreage will be prairie grasses and flowers. Windbreaks will be necessary, and I will engage the Dept of Forestry and Iowa State University for help when the time comes. I will also want some trees closer to the house along with flowers around the house.
Thank you if you made it through my ramblings. I will be an owner/builder for this house so I am trying to do all of my homework now. This will be our forever home, and I can't take more poor landscaping choices.
Here is a link that might be useful: Deer Run Southern Living House Plan