landscape design software

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Cart-Away, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Cart-Away

    Cart-Away LawnSite Member
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    We are exploring a way to sponsor an internet based yard design program. We would then allow anyone to use the service to review their design ideas before making any purchases. What do you think?
     
  2. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    What is you hope to gain ? Is this a marketing effort ? Seems interesting, but being the skeptic that I am I'd guess if thats your angle it'll be taken advantage of........
     
  3. Cart-Away

    Cart-Away LawnSite Member
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    We are a landscape material supply franchise that has retail locations specializing in offering contractors and homeowners the materials that are needed to complete outdoor improvements. The more access we can give to people to create their design before they make any purchase the more accurate they will be in placing orders for their supplies. We believe that one of the values that an involved retailer should deliver is to see that the decision making processes are simplified so that customers are satisfied. The last thing that a responsible supplier should want is sell that which is unnecessary to complete the project successfully.
    We see this service, with unlimited free access, as a benefit to both the supplier and the customers that they serve. It is a fact that Cart-Away Supply has a logo on the page, so marketing justifies our upfront and ongoing costs to run the project.
     
  4. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do think you using the software to allow your customers to see what they are going to have as a finished result is a great aidea and will increase sales. I just wouldn't want your employees spending too much time on the designing for them and them not buy anything.
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Copy, paste, print and let your competition under bid you?

    If you're doing design/build you should have a contract for the design work, including fees. They're basically committed to you as they will most likely sign once the design is finished and proposal submitted.
     
  6. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    He is a supplier not a contractor! He just sells the product.
     
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Helps if I read the replies.......

    I had someone wanting to design my website around something similar. Potential customer could input their deminsions, browse plant material and basically prepare an estimate on their own but that wasn't something I was interested in.

    As a person selling a product........the more "face time" you get with a person the better your chances are going to be at selling a product. Maybe you have the design software at your location and while they are there you can show them the actual product. People like to touch stuff more than look at in in a magazine. Someone will read that comepletely wrong I'm sure.....haha.
     
  8. Cart-Away

    Cart-Away LawnSite Member
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    Do you think that people could go to a site on the web, insert a digital picture of their back yard and then using a digitally enhanced program create a new look? Would they be able to use this type of program to add pavers here, a planting bed there and a water feature over there? Do you think that contractors who are working for their customers would use the service and then show their ideas to the potential customers via the Internet? Or would do-it-yourselfers be savvy enough to create their own designs on the net?
     
  9. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 359

    I think any landscaper that is doing designs would probably just throw the 250 bux plus tax for realtime landscape architect 3d design software, they can create 3d videos of designs and everything. But yes there will be alot of small contractors that will use it provided they know where to access it and how to use it. a very simple program to use for someone is also a plus. for example if had access to this software and someone wanted a free design done then i would use the quickest and easiest route to make that design, but if they want a thorough design i would just use my software!

    I do believe if you set it up right and it is easy enough to use why wouldn't people use it.

    Home depot has something like this they sell theirs though for like 40 dollars.

    Most people don't want to spend 4 hours making a design they want to load the photo and almost do nothing to come out with a result.
     
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,412

    One supplier in our area employed a LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT whom did designs for their residential and contractor customers. They DID charge for each design, designs were not done for free.
     

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