Scaled Drawing Date 12.06.98. Landscape Architect - Splinter Design.Scale 1-100
Drawing - A Site Analysis-Survey is just taking a little time to study your landscape site or property and analyze the basic features found there. Think of it as a brief description of your property, listing its assets and liabilities by area, as well as environmental factors that may effect a final design (i.e. sun angle, wind direction, pleasant views, unpleasant views)
A Site Analysis-Survey helps understand unique problems associated with the property and how they can be best used to create a functional and enjoyable outdoor living space.
Place some tracing paper over the plot plan that was created in the previous step. You can then use this tracing sheet for your Site Analysis-Survey and incorporate your assets and liabilities list to visually identify the areas being described.
The Site Analysis-Survey is like a road map of your property as it relates to the seasons. When done, the Site Analysis-Survey will show the direction and angle of the sun throughout the year, interesting views of the houses exterior, as well as views from inside the house. It also considers views you have of your neighbors as well as what your neighbors can or can not see of you.
The Site Analysis-Survey includes prevailing wind directions across the property, and notes if those winds are sufficiently strong enough that they may need to be diverted in some way to add comfort to your outdoor living areas.
In other words, a Site Analysis-Survey should include important items that should be addressed in creating an overall landscape design. For example, if you do not want nosey neighbors looking at you when you sunbathe in the backyard, then maybe privacy plantings may be in order. If there is an unpleasant view of a parking lot to one side, then ways of hiding that should be considered. Likewise, if you have a view of the lake but can only see it in the winter when the leaves have dropped off, you probably would not want to include tall evergreens that would block the view permanently in a few years.
The Site Analysis-Survey looks at these issues and makes note of them, it doesn nott address how to deal with them at this point..