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Greetings, if you wish to leave the tree in place you should install a tree root barrier... its not a perfect solution because all situations vary but that is the approach generally recommended
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The tree us very close to the house, it will have some lateral roots as well... without seeing the underground (not possible I know) anything else s a guess.
I would dig down next to the house and cut off any tree roots going under the house and install a tree root barrier 4 feet down and 6 feet to each side of the tree.
With the bulk of the tree roots going down and laterally in other directions that should not kill the tree... if it does, well you had to remove the tree anyway.
Hi. 1 foot is very close for any kind of trees. To be safe i would remove it. Even with a root barrier you still risk soil heaving with time.
Another possibility is to prune it to keep it smaller. The whole root ball will stay proportionate to that pruning. In the north, mapple trees are heavilly browsed by deers and they recover nicely in the spring.
They don't jack up as much as let say a spruce or damage as much as an oak or an ash tree. If you don't have pre-existing cracks already and keep it at that 5 feet high you should be fine.