Opportunities and constraints or pros and cons in residential landscapes are identified in the analysis phase of landscape design following a complete inventory of all elements on the property.
Identify all elements on the property and note them on the landscape or plot plan. Decide what elements should be kept or enhanced and what should be changed or removed. Also, get a sense of how the site "feels". For instance, the site might feel exposed due to a lack of privacy.
Opportunities (pros) are elements on the property that offer a positive addition or emphasis to the landscape. These include:
Constraints (cons) are generally elements that reduce functionality or aesthetics. These include:
It is important to note that some elements may be both an opportunity and a constraint.
Once the opportunities and constraints in the residential landscape have been identified and the analysis completed, the landscape design phase of the process can proceed.