SketchUp is a great tool for 3D modelling or block modeling. I use it all the time to work up plan drawings to show clients but also as a checker for myself to make sure the garden flows the way I want it to, think it will. That focal points and views framers don’t do ‘odd things’ from other angles. I learned most of the basics at College but a really excellent starter course can be found at which gives you enough of the basics to get started and building your own 3D models to experiment with.

Another good aide memoire for SketchUp outdoor spaces is

I really like exporting an animation, like a short movie, so that the model can show itself off to the client on presentation day. I’ve uploaded a few of them to my YouTube channel to give yo an idea. This one embedded below, is a garden designed 2 years ago and going from strength to strength. It’s going to be seen by quite a few more people this weekend when the house builder/developer brings some of their clients along, mainly to show of the the wonderful house but I’m sure hat it is set in a beautiful garden does a bit to boost the look!

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