San Diego, CA (PressExposure) May 10, 2007 -- Aquamedia Corp. of San Diego, California, has released a first of its kind, the âWater Garden Digital Image Library.â This consists of png-formatted images of actual images of rocks, water, waterfalls, ponds, water plants, aquatic creatures such as turtles and fish, etc. The âWater Garden Digital Image Library 5.0â is packaged with Microsoftâs Digital Image Suite 9 software and a two hour training video of Master Waterfall Builder Douglas Hoover teaching, step by step, how to design a virtual water garden using a digital photograph of a back yard.
Mr. Hoover divulged the potential for this program in a recent interview. He explained that many architects, designers and landscapers charge as much as $3,500 for an average detailed landscape plan in southern California. âMost homeowners are more interested in the general concept than they are the details,â Hoover stated. âClients get more excited about a $350 digitally designed photo than they do about a detailed floor plan of the entire property. This is the NOW generation . . . they want to see how it will look NOW!â
Hoover went on to say, âI receive more positive reactions resulting in signed contracts from a $350 virtual photograph that took me one hour to produce than I do from a $2,500 landscape plan I spent ten hours on. I can do ten digital photo designs it takes to do one floor plan.â One can easily do the math . . . four designs a day equates to $364,000 per year.
Usually the most important possession for a family, the home â including its surroundings or landscape -- is its single largest asset. Several landscape architects and design associations have predicted trends towards homeowners spending more money to dress up their landscapes and add outdoor living spaces, including water gardens or water features. Increasingly more homeowners are spending non-discretionary income on their homes, inside and out, rather than on second homes or exotic vacations. It is not surprising that the landscape design business is flourishing.
With the exception of a few larger landscape architectural design firms, most have not taken advantage of the high tech design software tools available to the industry. This is partly due to the high cost and steep learning curve related to the graphics and design technology.
When plotting out a water garden, most landscape contractors provide their clients with a hand-drawn sketch or sketches or floor plan. Many landscape designers and architects currently use CADCAM or 3D-type software programs. At best, these programs produce stilted, unnatural results. Only a couple of them offer water garden related images, and they fall far short of offering enough objects to create more than a handful of unrealistic looking water features.
The training video for the Digital Image Library 5.0 is concise and attentive to minor detail and will allow almost anyone with basic computer skills to become proficient at using its software. This trio: software, Library and training video, will allow the designer to create hundreds of different water gardens, and the client to see an actual photograph of a water garden in their yard.
The timing could not be better for introducing The Water Garden Digital Image Library. This artistic tool will allow landscapers, architects and designers to vividly express their visions and ideas to their clients. The customer will be able to see exactly what they will be getting with no room for confusion or doubt. This added service will put the professionals in a class by themselves.
Hoover summarized the benefits of the Water Garden Digital Image Library: âIt closes more sales, provides extra revenue, sets you apart from your competition, and reassures your customer that what they see is what they get: a personalized âbefore and afterâ photo of their yard. It eliminates the need to measure the area you are placing the virtual image in. Best of all, the professional is compensated for time spent with the client in on the first visit. The impressive virtual photos are a vivid testimony to its potential.
Sample designs and a demo movie can be seen at: [http://www.watergardenauthority.com/Ultimate_Training_Course.php] or for questions: www.askdoughoover.com [http://www.askdoughoover.com] .
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Aquamedia Corp. is a San Diego based manufacturer of water garden products. Their website is http://www.watergardenauthority.com containing articles, free downloads, and other resource materials related to water gardening.