We are keeping the lane/driveway narrow. When we made the path for the lane, we decided to also make it curve so that you won't be able to see much of the home from the main road. We were also able to save many of the older and larger trees by curving around instead of plowing straight through.
We haven't cut down many trees where the house will be yet...since we still have not finalized the house plans. Once we do that, we will know the exact measurements and can clear that area.
One thing we do know, my favorite tree will have to go. We are pretty sure it's right smack where my kitchen will be.