Usually a house is a man’s greatest asset; “his home is his castle.” A house or home can easily become a family’s most important possession, which includes its surroundings or landscape.
Recently, several landscape architects and design associations have predicted the trend for homeowners to spend more money to beautify their landscapes and add outdoor living spaces, including water gardens or water features. More and more homeowners are spending discretionary income on their homes, inside and out, rather than on second homes or exotic vacations. It’s no wonder the landscape design business is thriving.
With the exception of a few large landscape architecture design firms, most have not taken advantage of the high-tech design software tools available to the industry. This is due to the high cost and a steep learning curve in terms of graphics and design technology.
When creating a water garden, most landscaping companies currently provide their clients with a hand-drawn sketch or sketches or a floor plan. Many landscape designers and architects are currently using CADCAM or 3D type software programs. At best, these programs produce stilted, unnatural results. Only a few of the programs offer water garden-related images, and they don’t offer nearly enough objects to create more than a handful of unrealistic-looking water features.
The Water Garden Digital Image Library – the first of its kind – has just been launched by Aquamedia Corp. released. It consists of PNG format images of actual images of rocks, water, waterfalls, ponds, aquatic plants, aquatic life such as turtles and fishes, etc. The “Water Garden Digital Image Library 5.0” comes with Microsoft’s Digital Image Suite 9 software and a two-hour Training video provided by Douglas Hoover, a master waterfall builder, explaining step by step how to design a virtual water garden using a digital device Photo of a backyard.
Many architects, designers, and landscapers charge up to $3,500 for an average detailed landscape plan in Southern California. But most homeowners are more interested in a general concept than the details, and it’s easier for them to get excited about a $350 digitally rendered photograph than a detailed floor plan of the entire home. Today’s “NOW generation” wants to see how it will look like NOW!
A $350 virtual photo that takes an hour to create has a bigger impact and makes a stronger impression than a $2,500 landscape plan that takes me 10 hours to draw. I can create ten digital photo designs in the time it takes to draw a floor plan. It’s easy to do the math… four designs a day, five days a week multiplies by $364,000 a year.
The Digital Image Library 5.0 training video is concise and pays attention to small details, allowing almost anyone with a basic computer knowledge to become familiar with using the software. This trio of library, software and training video allows the designer to create hundreds of different water gardens and customers see a real photo of a water garden in their yard.
The timing for the launch of The Water Garden Digital Image Library couldn’t be better. With this artistic tool, landscapers, architects and designers can vividly express their visions and ideas to their customers. Customers can see exactly what they are getting with no room for confusion or doubt. This additional service puts the professionals in a class of their own. And the homeowners will be impressed, to say the least, with the stylish virtual waterscape they are looking at, right down to the last detail of the design of a water leveler for the pond.
The Water Garden Digital Image Library offers several major benefits: it increases net income by closing more sales, and it provides additional revenue from the digital design transition. It sets you apart from your competition. It gives your customers the assurance that what they see is actually what they are getting. It personalizes the design by inserting it into an existing photo of your garden. Digital Design does not require you to measure the area of the photo where you are placing the virtual image.
Best of all, offering a digital design compensates you for the time you spend with the client if they decline your offer. Customers are happy to pay $350 for a digital design and it only takes an hour to complete the average design. Four designs a day, five days a week costs $364,000 a year. What great potential!
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