SITE ANALYSIS

4. There are also a number of considerations for the backyard of the site. Now, the site analysis evaluates this information and makes recommendations about a number of actions that should be taken into account as the design solution is developed. Recall that a num­
ber of factors and conditions were recorded about the Duncan residence on the site inventory (Figure 7—1). 4. These observations and recommendations are taken into account when the de­sign program is written and during the subsequent steps of the design phase. The purpose of the site analysis is to determine the problems and potentials created by the existing site condi­tions so that the eventual design solution can be tailored to meet the specific condi­tions of the site. • If it is important, does it create a problem or offer a potential? Whereas the site inventory merely collects and organizes information about the site, the site analy­sis evaluates the value and importance of this information. Consideration should be given to the possibility of incorporating sliding glass doors in the north wall of the family room if the outdoor entertaining space is placed nearby. These include:
1. Consequently, the site analy­sis should be organized in a presentable though loose manner that can be understood by the clients. The existing Norway maple may provide shade on a nearby patio. Screens or barriers need to be provided to establish privacy from the neigh­bors to the west and to block the views to the neighbors’ entertaining space to the north. 2. An outside living/entertaining space needs to be developed with better access to the inside. For example, it is suggested that the following be consid­ered for the front yard:
1. A more welcoming front entry should be established by widening the exist­ing walk between the driveway and the front door. The swing set should be integrated into the backyard so as not to be an ob­vious eyesore. These same screens could serve as a wind break for the cold northwest winds during the winter. Shade is needed on the southwestern and western sides of the house to pro­vide protection from the hot summer afternoon sun while allowing the win­ter afternoon sun to warm these sides of the house. The TV antenna tower should be screened to reduce its overwhelming scale. This is typically accomplished by making another drawing or set of notes that answers the following questions about each fact that was previously identified during the site inventory:
• Is this information important? The lawn area should be kept as open as possible for recreation. • If it creates a problem, how might it be solved? In addition, it is usually advisable to present the site analysis to the client when the designer meets to present initial design ideas. The existing trees should be kept and integrated into the design. • If it offers a potential, how might it be taken advantage of? 5. The view into the front entry space (outdoor foyer) should be emphasized and coordinated with views from the hallway and living room. The adjacent earth mound should be removed or altered as necessary.

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