New Home...Help with Landscaping Plan
We finished building our Utah home about a month ago & are working on a landscaping plan. We have a landscaper & talked with him about what we want. He came up with a plan (see below), but we'd like your critique and also suggestions for trees & shrubs.
Some info on the home:
*Faces north with an east-facing driveway.
*@ 3,500 square feet 2-story on a 1/4 acre lot
*On the corner of a cul-de-sac with no existing neighbors on the lots immediately around us yet (there is a lot behind ours & one on the side)
Some additional notes on landscaping:
*There is an existing parkway strip on all street fronts
*Planning on a white vinyl fence with two gates
*Existing partially-covered 2-level composite deck with wrap around stairs
*A/C on concrete pad on west side of house near SW corner
*We'd love to incorporate at least one Eastern Redbud & a Japanese Maple somewhere in the plan
*We'd like a water feature (perhaps a pondless waterfall), play area for the kids, raised planter boxes for a garden, & some kind of additional seating area. Firepit is not essential since we have a firepit table on the deck, but my husband still likes the idea of having 2.
Some questions about landscaper's plan:
*Right now he has a tree in front of a window near the entrance; we like the idea of a Japanese Maple or Weeping Cherry there, but don't really like the idea of it in front of the window. Any great solutions?
*Don't know if we want the front walk completely bordered by plants as he has it now. Is it too much?
Seems like the beds are too narrow...what are suggested widths for these?
*Any additional ideas for the location of the water feature & patio? Seems like the additional seating area would be nice to have away from the main seating area, but maybe I'm wrong.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Here is the current plan & pictures of the home.