Sketchbook renderings, Backyard Patio, Pergola

posted; 05/20/06
These are 3 quick study drawings of a project for a large living and playing space behind a two-story house addition. Overhead roof, 2 levels of patio space, a open area for a fire ring, and the other important spot-a step up into a spa.
Plan view and rendering on the same page of an 11×17 sketchbook. When the project becomes really complicated I invite the client along on the design process and will show them sketch ideas, scribbles on “trash” and any other thing to show them I was working through the problems on their desires to find a good solution.
Another look in a charcoal pencil, quick, fast rough, dirty . . . this is my design process. This enables me to never bog down in details and work on the big picture, without seeing how the spaces relate to each other in a good way . . . it doesn’t matter what color the begonia’s are.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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