We’re planning to clear trees to match our neighbor’s tree line in the back and it was important to me to keep some trees on the right side for privacy and separation from the road as this is a corner lot.
It is not possible to keep trees on the left side of the house because after performing several soil tests in different areas, it was determined that the best location for the septic system would be on the left side of the lot, behind the driveway. I’m okay with it because the trees in that area are very skinny (they only look big from this angle) so they wouldn’t provide much privacy at all - instead we are planning on planting new evergreens near both sides of the deck for additional privacy.
If you followed me on Instagram stories last year you probably remember my difficult journey of finding a vacant piece of land in the most densely populated state in the country (New Jersey). I definitely did not have a lot of options and got very lucky when I found this lot that met my most important requirement - ability to have a private backyard.
I’ve always dreamed of a house where all of the beautiful, large windows facing the backyard would frame a peaceful and tranquil view of trees and nature. I certainly did not want to see other houses (or my neighbors’ backyards) from my windows. I feel most relaxed and at peace when surrounded by nature and it was very important to me that my backyard feel like my own little slice of heaven. At the same time, I did not want my new home to be completely off the grid, surrounded by woods and away from everything ... I wanted to live in a lively community but for my backyard to feel private.
I was a little concerned about buying the very first lot on the street as ideally I’d prefer to be at the end of a cul-de-sac, but as I mentioned before - I did not have many options and consider myself lucky to have found this lot that checked almost every box.