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Old 02-10-2019, 11:50 PM   #1
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So been looking through past threads on deck design. I’ve been building decks as a sub-contractor for the last few years and am hoping to move into the design-build game. Can’t seem to find a consensus for deck design in this forum and was hoping to get a little feedback on what guys are using now? Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:06 AM   #2
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wouldn't the deck design be influenced by site conditions & the owners desires for the finished product?

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Software wise? If so sketchup is a very versatile program that would likely do well for deck design.
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Are you asking about design or product selection?

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Sorry I should have been more clear. Am trying to figure out what programs guys are using. Sketchup, Real-time Landscape Architect.... I’m new at the design side of things so I have a lot to learn...
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Software wise? If so sketchup is a very versatile program that would likely do well for deck design.
K ya I figured Sketchup would be a program a lot of guys use. Can I run sketchup on a tablet for a quick design on site?
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Sorry I wasn’t that clear I’m looking for deck design software that guys are using
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I use SoftPlan. Only because that's what my yard uses.


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This is going to sound nuts, I have a software program for homes and decks etc, but at the pro desk in Home Depot my girl has a program thats on the Depot system and she whips out a deck with materials and cost in less than 5 minutes.

These are nice designs I just tell her size, steps, railing type it all prints out a nice 3d drawing.
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Realtime Landscape Architect is still my favorite for fast designs that look better than Sketchup. I did permit plans in Sketchup Pro but concepts just take too long and don't look great without additional rendering.
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Thanks for the response guys! Anyone tried Punch! Landscape Design?
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I use sketchup pro for all my designs. It's not photo realistic but once you learn it, it's quick and precise.
I also own Realtime Landscape Architect but it's less precise and less customization.

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Realtime Landscape Architect is still my favorite for fast designs that look better than Sketchup. I did permit plans in Sketchup Pro but concepts just take too long and don't look great without additional rendering.
You guys still selling renderings. 600 + Decks and sold off 3... My man E.... You back on the bags or sticking with sales etc

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I always sold with a rendering as I'm faster at designing with a computer than sketches on napkins.

I'm done with the bags. Mostly sales and a little bit of PM. Nice 8:30-4:45 going on over here.
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I always sold with a rendering as I'm faster at designing with a computer than sketches on napkins.

I'm done with the bags. Mostly sales and a little bit of PM. Nice 8:30-4:45 going on over here.
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I use cheif architect zero limitations cost about 5 grand but I design a lot more than decks.
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Click on my signature and read about why I don't care to see either Sketchup or Chief Architect as a response to "What program should I use to design..."
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Click on my signature and read about why I don't care to see either Sketchup or Chief Architect as a response to "What program should I use to design..."

Not sure why I wouldn't recommend it? Assuming these people are trying to use the software to create a plan that could be submitted to a building department or used to sell the job to a homeowner why would they want to use some D grade 40 dollar program? Chief is extremely easy to use IMO but I might be bias as I grew up with my father and grandfather as architects spending a lot of time learning the trade my self.
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If you had read my post you would know why.

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