Thanks again for checking back in with us. As a quick refresher, I decided to take readers into my mind as I do one our our patented “Extreme Landscape Makeover” designs. Today’s article deals with the final presentation of our latest project. This project is unique because not only am I taking you inside my mind as I design a landscape from scratch but I am also taking you into my own back yard. This outdoor fireplace/garden/entertaining area is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time. It’s something that we will be completing over the next 6 weeks, just prior to our spring rush!
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We are at the stage where I take my culmination of measurements, ideas and customer needs and put them in the form of a final design. In the past I would sit down with my t square and wide array of drafting tools and spend hours creating a hand drawn, top view landscape design. The photo below illustrates my actual drawing.
I know what you are thinking… Pretty cool!!
But it does not really get my point across. Being the innovator that I am, I decided to take my design skill set to a whole new level. Introducing my first ever computer design!!!
Check it out!!!
This process was done completely from scratch using a CAD program called Google Sketchup.
I am currently shopping for programs specifically designed for Landscape Design where I will take a picture of the customers house and build a virtual landscape right into the photo!!
This computer generated image gives my customers an exact scale model of what I have in mind! I can easily make changes, additions, deletions and even project plant growth.
From here we can use the combination of design formats to get started. Phase 1 will consist of excavating the grass in the new planting areas, installing the foundation for the fireplace as well as doing infra-structure work for electrical, irrigation, outdoor speakers and landscape lighting. Stay tuned!!
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