My New Backyard Landscape - Google Sketchup

by Gabriel Palacios
(Escondido, CA. USA)

my backyard landscape prototype it has already evolved.

my backyard landscape prototype it has already evolved.

Hello I recently purchased a home is Southern California. I have used your advice and tried that free landscape design software that Google offers and I think I have come up with an ok design. My only issue is right now there is an existing Terrace that was there when I purchased the home. My design calls for an extension of sorts to it and I don't know how I can tie that in and still have the drainage not be affected. I thank you in advance for any advice that you have and I have used your website often for ideas in my planning of yards in progress.


ANSWER
Hi Gabriel,
I'm glad you are enjoying my site and tried out Google Sketchup

It's difficult to give you any advice without seeing some photos. Can you please Contact Me and I will let you know where to send them so that I can take a look.

Also, have you used the 3D on Sketchup...that's the best part! It might even help you see the how the grading should go if you enter the correct elevations or close. Actually, you might even try a side view (side elevation of the area) which will be easier for you regarding seeing any slopes. But I'll be happy to help by viewing your pictures.

Follow Up

I never received any photos from you. If you want to address some grading issues you might visit this page which provides lots of drainage information in easy to understand terms.

Landscape Grading

You can grade the add on away at the proper slope. You can also add a trench drain where the new and old patio meet to take the water away. Read more about it on the Trench Drains page.

Susan

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"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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