Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2018

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July 2018 23 • Utilizing the same software as the pool builders creates a free-flowing envi - ronment of collaboration. Once the pool builder completes their pool design, the design file can be sent to the landscape architect or contractor to design the out - door living space and add plant material, lighting, furniture and other site features. This ease of sharing fosters the profes - sional partnership. • Automatic Smart Data does the cal - culations for the contractor instantly. This includes not just all of the measurements but also all of the materials necessary to plan, measure, and build the swimming pool. The quick access to quantities of materials also allows the contractor to create proposals, make changes or create change orders in a quicker time frame. • Intuitive, user-friendly tools designed specifically for pool designers and land - scape architects means progressing from design to presentation to construction is seamless. Presentations are simple, beau - tiful and impactful – whether presenting in the office, in the field, using virtual re - ality or sharing a fly-through video on so- cial media. The applications are endless. • Presentations create the 'Wow' fac - tor with customers and create excitement for the project. The program easily toggles from day to night views to accent lighting and other features. Once the customer has complete buy-in to the project, other factors, such as price, take a back seat to their excitement. 3D landscape imaging software can also assist the landscape contractor rise above their competition in their local market. Research has shown that many homeowners are requesting 3D design for their landscape and outdoor projects. Currently, many landscape contractors do not use 3D design technology of any kind for their designs. The use of this technol - ogy, or hiring an outside source that does, would present many new selling opportu - nities to the landscape contractor. Further, use of this technology differ - entiates the contractor from their compe- tition and raises them to a higher level. This creates an environment that leaves less room for the customer to consider price alone when selecting the contractor for their project. In the quest to rise above the compe - tition, investigate 3D design technology and see how it could open up new oppor - tunities for your company! LC DBM Below After a pool builder completes a pool design, they can share the file with the landscape contractor who adds plant material, lighting, furniture and other site features to complete the outdoor living space. Below Another advantage of 3D design software is Automatic Smart Data, which not only calculates all of the measurements but also the quantities of materials needed for the pool build. Besides saving time in the planning stage, this lets contractors make adjustments and create change orders more quickly. Above In the author's experience, the impact of fly-through video presentations, which can include night views to accent lighting and fire features, help mitigate customer sticker shock.

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