Sunday
Feb032013

3D Landscape & Hardscape Gardens...

Working on learning VisionScape 3D Landscape software and have a couple projects I'm working on.  Check them out:

http://www.visionscape.com/djsquiredesigns

 

 

Friday
Jan252013

HOUZZ Idea Books...

Having fun loading Inspiration Photos to my HOUZZ collections...

And especially into the 3D Design Project - Inspiration Photos Ideabook!

Friday
May182012

Pavers Visualizer...

Been working on a "Pavers Visualizer" project over the past couple weeks for Go Pavers. It just launched!

http://www.gopavers.com/pavers-visualizer/

(225 images later... for 3 Paver/Hardscape Manufacturers... 5 Textures... Each... with 5 color combinations. Taking a Vacation!)

Monday
May072012

Bigger Pictures...

 Sometimes... a customer wants to see a larger view of their yard and you have to composite several photos to make it work.

 

Before Composite Photo - Front Yard 

(4 Actual Photos Combined - You can see the lines... that plants and trees can ultimately hide)

 

 

"After" Imaging - Front Yard

 

Before Composite Photo - Side Yard

(3 Actual Photos combined)

 

"After" Imaging - Side Yard

 

For Composite Imaging projects take a look at this specific Photo Gallery:

http://www.djsquiredesigns.com/photogallery/composited-yard-photos/

 

Friday
May042012

Top Ten Outdoor Living Tips...

Design and create an outdoor living space that complements your home and lifestyle.

1. Make it Your Own

Gardens not only add beauty to their immediate surroundings, they also evoke a sense of belonging. When designing your garden, keep in mind the natural landscape of the area. Sensitivity to region will create a style that reflects a sense of place. Gardening is also an expression of our personality and what we love. It should be fun, yet personal.

2. Consider Your Senses

Consider all the five senses in planning your outdoor living spaces. Vision has dominated our sense of the garden, but by adding elements of sound, touch, taste and smell, you will create an even more vivid garden experience. Place herbs near the kitchen for ease of harvesting. Create special outdoor spaces for children so they can use their imagination and discover the wonders of nature. Design places for shady repose as well as secret places for discovery.

3. Add Reflecting Elements

Consider incorporating water into your garden. There are many ways for water to add dramatic effects, even to a small space. Water movement is constantly interesting, and water can act as a mirror, reflecting the sky above as well as beautiful aspects of your garden.

4. Select Native Plants

Select plants that grow well in your region, either well-adapted plants or natives. Consider native plants that often thrive in their area of origin. Native plants also tend to be excellent for attracting birds, butterflies, and other beneficial and beautiful pollinators. In addition, most native plants are accustomed to growing in the area and require less irrigation. Avoid plants that become weedy over time.

5. Choose the Right Pattern

When planning paved surfaces, it is a good idea to work the patterns out to scale first to see if there are any obstacles. If using brick, the basket-weave pattern is relatively simple. The slightly more difficult herringbone pattern is also lovely.

6. Create a View

View, views, views. It is all about views. If you do not have any, then create them. For example, if you have a long view be sure to accentuate it by not blocking it and by ensuring that your eye travels to it. If you do not have views, they can be created by designing with a sense of depth or even constructing a miniature mountain scene with a dry streambed and small plants with moss and rock.

7. Study Your Site

Study your site for sun, shade and soil conditions. Begin with the most functional outdoor spaces near the house, such as areas for eating, cooking, sitting and reading. Think carefully about where you will want/need to have walkways. Ideally, your garden should be an oasis you can walk through for its full enjoyment. Determine where the hot and sunny spaces are and where soil is dry or moist. Plan on improving the soil by adding compost, material to enhance draining, and or adjusting the pH as needed. Be certain that the garden grading is completed prior to any planting.

8. Find Inspiration

Plan -- look at books and visit gardens to get ideas. Cut out favorite photographs from magazines that show your preferences. Write down your favorite plants, colors and combinations.

9. Continuity of Theme

Stick to a continuity of theme, and do not mix and match too much. For example if you are selecting garden furnishings with a certain personality, keep in mind how they with blend with the other features of your outdoor spaces.

10. Harmonize

Harmonize with your house. The style for your outdoor living spaces and garden design must work with the architectural style of your house. Re-create your favorite architectural details in the garden spaces. Consider the smallest details, such as furniture, containers, and the colors of the surface and of the plants. Materials and styles should flow and harmonize together.

 

Ten Tips courtesy of the TLC website:

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/10-outdoor-living-tips9.htm

(A bit awkward to read in one pass on their site.)

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