The half acre lot is on top of a mountain in Central, PA. a 40 foot wide strip had been cleared as a part of an access road along the northern edge of the lot, years ago, before I purchased the land. The house will sit mostly on that cleared area, as will some gardens, although it is rather shady in the summer since the trees are tall.
A round fenced in area is for the dogs, maximizing area for the beasts, while minimizing fence length.
I’ll only need to remove two trees to build the home, which is great. I love the trees.