If you’re in the middle of any kind of DIY land or construction project, you might fall in love with Google SketchUp. It’s one of those neat three dimensional design programs. And it’s free. There is a learning curve, but it’s super fun. Another check mark in the Excellent Free Programs column for Google.
What I really came here to do was to post some drawings of our “phase one” property plan. There are a lot of reasons that it has to happen this way (location of the septic, existing driveway and curb cut, wetlands). I found I really enjoyed the logic puzzle of it all … what-to-put-where-and-why-it-can’t-go-somewhere-else and such. My favorite inspiration was facing the “front yard” away from the road. I didn’t put in the big trees and such, and I need to add some garden beds, but here are the prelim pics –