SketchUp: A New Design Tool

I have used several CAD programs over the last several years to help draw plans for customers in an effert to help illustrate how their new landscape would look.  Unfortunatly, a plan view alone,  does not alway help some people visualize what the end result will look like.  I recently began to play around with a program called SketchUp which is a simple 3D modeling program.

SketchUp helps me provide a perspective view of the new landscape and can put customers "in the landscape" when we are still in the design phase.

Additionally, images of the actual materials that will be used can be added to the model.  This helps to show the relationships between the colors and textures of walls, patios, buildings and plant material. 

Shadow studies can also be performed to understand how the sunlight will effect areas of the landscape throughout the day.  This can be particularily beneficial when locating patio spaces and trying to provide shade.

 

Here is an example of a paver patio project with a freestanding wall, columns and plantings.

 

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