A 3D landscape design can help you to see what a finished project will really look like. Below are some examples of drawings done this way. Take a look...I am sure you will agree that this type of drawing is a great visual tool.
In addition, you can see what different paving materials can look
like. It's easy to interchange them. In no time a patio, for example, can be changed from brick to bluestone, from pavers to concrete, etc.
Take a look at these 3D images.
This was quite a challenging project, but it was well worth it. When I design two level patios in 2D, you really cannot see what is happening in regards to different heights. However,the image above shows a true image of what the patio would look like.
I also showed the clients what it would look like in bluestone with natural stone walls.
This is another rendering, done in Google Sketchup, which is free 3D landscape design software. (Actually, this software is now called just Sketchup as it is now owned by a company called Trimble.) Although not shown here, you can zoom in to get a closer look of the plants, trees, walkway, etc. Different views can be captured so that the design can be seen from all angles.
Types of plants can be changed to show a different look if desired. The only downside is that the exact representation of all plants is not available...yet. But the images are very close in look. The plant sizes are exact as this can be adjusted in the Sketchup 3D landscape design software.
Also see my list of the best landscape design software with helpful overviews and my opinions. I have tried all of them. They are mostly for landscape designers and landscape contractors, although Sketchup is included which homeowners can try.
Here is just part of a 3D design I created recently. This allows you to really see the patio, fountain, curved seat wall with end columns, and even the sculptures in the distance. Large Arborvitae were included for privacy at the property line.
Creating raised patios takes knowledge of specific elevations to do it right. In this design, a hot tub was included along with steps to a lower patio, a shed, walkways and plantings.
In addition, privacy plants were needed but there was not a lot of space. Arborvitae, which are narrow evergreens were chosen for the tight spaces.
For more information on this
interesting format, please visit my page 3D Gardens.
A formal garden done in 3D with plantings and brick walkways. Is this a
hardscape project with some plantings, or is it a planting design with
This is another 3D landscape design of a two level raised patio. The paving is bluestone. Notice the planters in place of railings.
If you are interested in a professional drawing for your project, send me some detailed photos of your house and property. Then let's have a conversation about what you are looking for!
All 3D images created are drawn to scale. This means that all plants, planting beds, walkways and other elements may be measured on the design and easily installed. In addition, a complete plant list is provided, including names, quantities, and suggested planting sizes.
Recognitions - awards, testmonials, and press
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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