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Design of a plot of 8 acres: layout options and schemes, placement of landscape design elements (85 photos)

The arrangement of the site, its high-quality design require a clear planning of the existing territory. Especially if it is 8 acres, a very common variant of the size of the plot in our country. The area is small, you need to arrange a lot on it, and so that convenience, beauty and practicality are combined.

In the photo of the plot of 8 acres, which are found in the network, you can see the original planning solutions. However, it is worth knowing some features of landscape works so that originality does not turn into an inconvenience.

Having decided to create a landscape design of the site, it is worth considering the following factors:

  • the shape of the territory and its proportions;
  • type of soil;
  • the slope of the plot;
  • climatic conditions;
  • the presence/absence of ready-made buildings.

The location of future architectural structures on the territory directly depends on its shape. The construction technology, as well as the arrangement of the garden are determined by the quality of the soil, the properties of the soil on the site. The slope of the plot is a determining factor for the location of the house and the arrangement of the drainage system.

The climate zone affects not only the construction of a house, but also the landscaping of the site, the placement of structures, greenhouses, for example.

The house on the site can already stand, so subsequent landscaping should be tied to its style; due to this, it is easy to achieve organicity.

Approximate layout taking into account the configuration of the site

The configuration of a plot of 8 acres can be different, although there are often two options: rectangular or square. The layout is different in each case.

The design of an elongated suburban plot of 8 acres is usually carried out on a linear basis. The entrance to the site is made on one of the short sides, there is a country house nearby.

The recreation area is created behind the house for the reasons that it will not be visible from the road. Outbuildings are placed behind the recreation area. The perimeter of the territory is planted with fruit trees, and a small vegetable garden can be laid out on the far edge of the plot.

If the plot is a square, the layout will look different. It is desirable to place the house in the central part closer to the entrance, in a small space in front of it you can break up a flower garden, or make a parking place for a car with a canopy.

Often, in order to save space, the construction of a major garage building is not planned. The car can be left in the common parking lot of summer residents (if there is one), or right in front of the entrance to the site.

It is possible to design a plot with a house located in the center, with a recreation area and a vegetable garden on its different sides. Such design allows each family member to do their own thing without interfering with each other.


A shed or greenhouse can be located behind the house. If there is a desire, the greenhouse is heated, so the location near the house is quite logical.

These layouts are approximate, you can deviate from them if necessary. The basic principle here is to proceed from rational considerations, striving not only for the original design.

Zoning and its rules

A life with a minimum of worries and a full rest in a suburban area are possible with proper arrangement, rational arrangement of everything necessary. The approach to planning should be carried out from the point of view of practicality. An extremely important stage of design is the procedure for dividing the suburban area into zones.

The zones can be as follows:

  • residential area;
  • economic zone;
  • recreation area;
  • vegetable garden and garden area.

The house is located on the territory of a residential area. If its construction is only planned, then the dimensions and architectural solutions are thought out in accordance with other future buildings included in the economic block. It is worth taking care of including a summer shower in the plan, carefully consider its location.

It is also necessary to allocate a place for a carport or garage. It is a good idea to equip a small swimming pool in the recreation area, place a playground nearby, having thought through the safety aspects.

A place for a barbecue or barbecue will be useful in the recreation area. A greenhouse is located in the garden and vegetable garden area, if necessary. If there are already certain buildings in the country, then it makes sense to draw up a preliminary scheme of the site on a scale. This will simplify further planning.

Taking the data obtained as a basis, they begin drawing the plan on a sheet of large-scale paper. In the absence of a millimetre, you can use a sheet in a cage, where you can conditionally take one cell per square meter of territory. It is recommended to focus on the cardinal directions when drawing a plan.


Detailed plan of the suburban area

The layout of the plot of 8 acres should be conducted with an orientation to the unshakable rules of construction. The latter are designed to ensure safety and are reflected in various kinds of regulations.

According to the rules, the distance between neighboring houses built of brick should not be less than 8 m; between wooden houses – 15 m.

Recreation areas, gardens and vegetable gardens are located on the plan only after applying existing and planned structures to it. The layout of the garden implies taking into account its location and size, as well as the plants that will be planted on this territory.

The dimensions of all trees included in the plan should be taken as if they are in an adult state. An apple tree requires at least 5 m around itself, a pear – 4 m, a cherry is quite enough for 3 m.

It is worth remembering the distance from a particular tree to the border of the plot located next door. The norms in the regions are different, they should be found out by referring to the relevant documents of the administration. The greenhouse, in the case of its installation, must be oriented from south to north.

Popular elements for landscape decoration

The turn of decorative elements in filling the landscape comes after the inclusion of all zones in the plan.  This stage gives you the opportunity to connect your imagination and put your desires on paper, however, do not forget about the general style of the site. The landscape design on 8 acres includes decorations from various pergolas, flower beds, alpine slides and other decorative elements.


When there is space left, an option with the arrangement of a fountain or waterfall is possible. The original solution will be an earthen embankment decorated with stones of different colors and plants. On a small plot, you can make a stone pyramid that is fashionable today.

A separate item is the layout of the paths and their decorative design. The materials used in the creation of paths can be different: stone, bulk; you can use ordinary or multi-colored paving slabs.

Flowerbeds and flower beds, designed in a general style, will perfectly complement the suburban area. An excellent solution is to create a "hedge", for example, from a bindweed. It can become a fence around the entire site, or serve as a zone divider.

With the help of a fence, you can solve the problem of drafts and direct sunlight that create danger in the children's area.

As soon as you become the owner of your own land, the question certainly arises how to equip the plot. Taking into account all of the above, or trusting professional landscape designers, it will be possible to correctly and practically approach the arrangement of the existing territory. And then there is every chance to become the owner of a cozy and beautiful corner for the family.

Photo design of a plot of 8 acres