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Why 3D Sketches Are The New Standard in Lawn Design

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 1 March , 2023

Not long ago, landscape design involved either a person standing in a client’s yard with a clipboard and a pencil or a landscape architect seated at a desk in an office surrounded by large, incomprehensible blueprints.  Neither of these approaches really gave clients a good look at what their landscape design would ultimately be.  However, with the advent of new software programs and hand-held devices, 3D renderings made on the client’s property in real time have become a reality.  Now, the landscape design industry is moving to a time when 3D sketches are becoming the standard for lawn design because of their versatility and utility for the designer and the client. 

Why Are 3D Renderings Better Than 2D Sketches? 

Some people still think that a flat, two-dimensional sketch is sufficient for landscape design, particularly when it is made on-site so that the client and the landscape designer can discuss the project.  However, there are some advantages to making a 3D rendering that often gives it an edge over 2D drawings, such as: 

  • Visualizing the finished product.  While a two-dimensional drawing does a great job of drawing out the footprint of a project, it cannot give a client any sense of scale or any visual cues as to what the finished piece will look like.  Clients must use their own imaginations with a 2D drawing, making these drawings less effective at conveying a uniform picture of the finished product to the clients. 
  • Changing options on the fly.  One of the great things about 3D computerized drawings is how easy it is to modify them. With a 3D drawing, the client can be shown several different options for plant placements, walls, fire or water features, or other items, and can quickly grasp how each option will look.  This makes decision-making much easier than with a flat 2D drawing, even with an overlay. 
  • Give day and night views.  Another great advantage of 3D computerized renderings that is impossible to replicate with a 2D drawing is the ability to shift from day views to night views with a single click.  This is often important if the landscape is to include lighting features.  Clients love to be able to see how the lighting will look within the framework of the landscape plan–something that is impossible with a blueprint-type drawing. 

All of these advantages make 3D renderings much richer, fuller, and easier to understand than 2D drawings.  At Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego, our professional landscape designers use the very best 3D rendering software so that our clients can see instantly what their new landscape plan will look like.  With our 3D software planning, you can easily swap out features, see day and night views, and try out different placements for plants or other items.  Further, our 3D software helps us show you areas that need to be addressed in your yard in an easy-to-understand format.   

Give Juniper Landscape Company a call today, and learn what we can do the help you design, build, and maintain your beautiful new outdoor space!   

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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