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You Won't Believe These 3 Wall and Fence Stage Tricks

Finding creative uses for our landscape design software tools is one of our favorite things to do. We’re just as excited when our members share their favorite shortcuts with us as when our team discovers a new use of a familiar feature.

The reason why we love finding new ways to use familiar tools is simple: making the most of powerful features is what sets great designs apart. And time-saving shortcuts are an easy way to take advantage of the most powerful tools and features in your own designs.

Haven't used many shortcuts before? Read on! We’re sharing a few quick ways that the new tools in the recently updated Walls, Fences and Railings Stage will help you add stunning details to your projects.

Here are three ways you can use the new tools:

Create Hardscape Accent Bands


When you want to add decorative accents and borders to hardscapes, including outdoor kitchens and driveways, you can now add those accent bands in the Walls, Fences and Railings Stage. A single rail can be moved and modified to create the look you want.

How To:

  • Select Fence > Fence Style Parallel > Turn Off everything except 1 Rail > Auto Elevation Off > Move the Rail into Place
  • Change the height and width of the rail to create just what you need
  • Tip: Use copy/paste to add multiple bands, which you can then set to the correct elevation

Create Swim Lanes

Swimming Lanes in 3D Swimming Pool Design Software

A single rail is also a great way to create straight tile swim lanes. Because the rail will automatically follow the slope of the pool, it takes just one step to create perfect, parallel lanes.

How To:
  • Select Fence > Fence Style Parallel > Turn Off everything except 1 Rail > Auto Elevation On

Create Curved Ledges and Step Trim

Step Tiles on 3D Swimming Pool Design

With the wall tool, curved ledges and step trim are easy to add. Just outline your ledge or step with the Outline Tool.

How To:

  • Select Wall > Set Wall Height, Thickness and Pillars to 1 inch > Set Pillar Spacing to 10 feet
  • For a thicker trim, set the wall thickness and pillar width to a larger size
  • Note: If the wall doesn't display sharp arcs, we use the line tool instead

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Noah Nehlich

About the author: Noah Nehlich

Noah Nehlich is the founder of Structure Studios. As an entrepreneur, investor, and tech company enthusiast, he’s into everything 3D. With two decades of experience building the design software that pool and landscape designers use, Noah’s goal is to improve lives through 3D experiences.

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