One of the valuable tools that we use throughout our design process is the representational 3D renderings produced in SketchUp. These drawings, which are more like photos, have the ability to show our clients a realistic depiction of what their project would look like if it were built tomorrow. The drawings are based off of the scaled plan drawing that we produce, so while they give you a realistic vision for what the end result may be as far as size and shape, they MAY NOT reflect the exact materials that we are envisioning.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
These renderings are usually included with our design proposal go hand-in-hand with the plan drawings; some smaller projects may not need to have 3D renderings produced to save on cost. However, the written proposal will always supersede a rendering and be more accurate as far as description of materials included in the pricing. Plans are not always the easiest to read and understand, which makes these drawings very important to our design package. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and each particular view we present seems to be worth more than that. They allow our clients to clearly see how we combine certain hardscapes, colors, textures, and even plant materials to achieve our design goals. It also allows our clients to better understand scale, spatial relationships, circulation flow, and how we take advantage of viewsheds.

As the progression of the design continues these renderings continue to evolve with every round of updated plans and budgets.

Stay for the next post to learn more about the construction phase…