Tagged: Decking Design
January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm #209
Does anyone know of any Deck Planning Software that may be availabe?
SteveJanuary 18, 2012 at 7:29 am #839Joe Batty Garden DesignParticipant
Personally Steve I use google sketchup, its not an instant planning software, more of a cad type software.
I prefer to use this as you can do exactly what you want rather than what the software is programmed to do.
There is a free version of this that work perfectly fine as long as you don’t need scale drawings.January 18, 2012 at 7:42 am #838Karl Harrison Landscapes LtdModerator
I also recommend Google SketchUp, there are no real limits to this simple software, I say simple but you can create the most stunning photo realistic renders. From basic line drawings to scale or apply a measurement on screen to enable the printed version to have dimensions.
The plugins available allow you to create pretty much anything and can provide a perfect presentation tool when chasing projects.
I quite often find this useful when there is only 2d, plan and side elevation drawings for your liftoff and so with a quick sketch all can become apparent quite quickly…..all in iso and perpective of course. You can even export in most CAD formats DWF and the like.January 18, 2012 at 9:49 am #837
Thanks guys, I already use Sketchup – love it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give you a cutting list and and a costing.
If the right software doesn’t exist, maybe I’ll build the software. :). Thanks for replying.January 18, 2012 at 11:08 am #836Karl Harrison Landscapes LtdModerator
Great stuff, perhaps I can create a page for the site users to showcase their decking designs, what do you recon?
In any case a decking guide for your clients can be found here https://deckingnetwork.com/decking-advice/how-much-should-i-be-paying
I also have spreadsheets that can assist in the calculations; although basic provide a sound cost analysis for your projects.
KarlJanuary 18, 2012 at 11:12 am #835
Sounds like a plan. I’ll give it some serious thought. I’d be interested in seeing your spreadsheet. Thanks.January 23, 2012 at 9:18 am #834Ecodek Vannplastic LtdParticipant
We were toying with the idea of a deck design & calculator for our Ecodek site, so maybe interested in a JV? Although I am sceptical as to whether it actually saves any time. The program will only be as good as the information the user puts into it.January 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm #833
Please can you add me as a friend so that I can send you a private message? Thanks.January 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm #832Ecodek Vannplastic LtdParticipant
Steve Barker said:
Please can you add me as a friend so that I can send you a private message? Thanks.March 11, 2012 at 8:25 am #831Shepherds CarpentryParticipant
Also a fan of sketchup here and use it for most projects, one was even used in court to settle a neighbours complaint that the deck would destroy his view. Good news is the deck went ahead and the neighbour is also a fan now as it improved his view considerably 🙂
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