Anyone use hardscape imaging software?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PatriotLandscape, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

    Punch Landscape deck & patio Designer Takes about 40 hrs to master I personally love the program especially for walls. Check out my web site gallery for a couple examples.
  2. btammo

    btammo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    Learned my lesson about leaving designs for customers. left one with a guy so he could "Show his wife"..Bet you can guess.....yup, exact thing that i designed was done but it wasnt dont by me. I mean exact. Homeowner did it. Big set up steps and wall up a slope about 18 total steps fully scaped. Prick.
  3. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

    Dont get attached to estimates just try to stay one step ahead of the competition. Make sure you stamp your logo across any free designs you do.
  4. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Posts: 65

  5. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    Will this allow you legal recourse if your design is used?
  6. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,943


    There are two ways to keep this from happening:

    1) Meeting ends, you roll up the drawing and start to leave, homeowner says they need to think about it and look at the plans some more. You tell the homeowner you can leave the plans if they pay a non-refundable $500 deposit towards the job, otherwise they're welcome to schedule an appointment to come to your office to review and discuss the plans.

    2) Charge for your damn design work. This means you need to have something worth charging for, and you need to charge enough for it that you don't go home and kick the dog when the homeowner hands your design to someone else to build.

    I'm no attorney but I would wager that because you provide a homeowner with a free drawing, no money changed hands for it, and there was no contractual expectation that money WOULD change hands for it, there are no damages to be awarded. I imagine a court would view it no differently than someone going down your line item proposal and swapping your #s for theirs.

    I'm seeing my IP attorney this week, I'll see if I can ask him off the clock (if it's on the clock, y'all need to chip in to cover his $250/hr)
  7. flpoolguy

    flpoolguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I use this subscription based software that is very powerful. It has a great plant library and accurately depict any thing that I have been able to design.

    It can be learned in a couple of weeks although you can get better at for a long time.

  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 801

    Haven't been on in a while......I didn't see mention of Viz-Terra software. Anyone using it. Check the website or you tube ..It's the best one I have seen (haven't seen them all). I have the sales girl emailing me weekly but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
    Hope everyone is doing well this summer...almost can't call it summer here in St. Louis..temps have been great !!!!!!!!
  9. I know there are better programs out there but I use Punch and it helps more than you would think to add the service of design for a client to imagine what is possible.

    You can see some of my designs here at

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