Magazine article Sunset

Aerial View Aids Landscape Planning

Magazine article Sunset

Aerial View Aids Landscape Planning

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If you've ever looked out an airplane window at the miniature towns below, you've probably wondered how your own house would look from above. And in fact, you may have reason to want an aerial photograph of it.

You can order one from the same companies that supply cities, counties, and private businesses with aerial surveys; check the yellow pages under Photographers--Aerial.

A planning aid. One practical reason to have a bird's-eye view taken is to help plan major remodeling or landscaping.

Landscape architects use them to make base plans of large or hard-to-measure sites, particularly where there are steep grade changes, rough natural terrain, or irregularly shaped pools to work around. But even for less complicated properties, an aerial picture can save the time and expense of hiring a drafting service or surveyor to produce a property plan.

A 24- by 36-inch black-and-white enlargement like the one shown above costs $225 to $450 (prices vary; shop around). …

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