Almost everybody has a hard time visualizing what a landscape looks like if they’ve never seen it before. Some of us have better imaginations than others, but for the most part we all need to SEE “something” before we can believe it.
When I meet with potential clients I usually within the first 5-10 minutes of touring their space will know what I would do with it. This can be helpful, but it can also hinder the design process. Why? Most of the time my client’s budget is nowhere near my imaginary rendition of their yard. I will sometimes cut off the person mid-sentence and pull out a piece of paper and furiously draw a plan view schematic of the yard or will sketch a three dimensional element that will be pivotal to the design. It baffles me every time, but invariably my chicken-scratch of a drawing does more to explain my vision than I could ever care to articulate verbally.
There are a number of 3D programs out there, some good, others painfully soulless. So imagine my happiness when I came across Sketch-Up. Yes… it has been around for awhile, mostly used by Architects and interior designers. But when applied to the landscape world, Sketch-Up allows one to take the blurred visions of a left-brained plant guy and translate them into eloquent and startlingly beautiful pictures… from any angle… of the prospective new space. Check it out…