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Do-It-Yourself Garden Project Planner Software - Plans for Garden Structures

assorted garden structure plansBig Hammer software has a great package of plans for assorted garden structures.

Do-It-Yourself Project Planner: Assorted Projects ($29.95) features 35 plans including: decks, sheds, playhouses, a doghouse, arbors, gazebos, fences, picnic tables, planters, and outdoor furniture.

For each plan you can display and print a complete materials list. And you can add or remove items from the list as required.

For example, if you want to build the project without exterior trim and accessories such as windows, window boxes, and benches, you can remove all related materials from the list.

The plans themselves are PDF documents so you need the free Acrobat Reader to view them. Included are the overall plan view, the pier layout plan, framing plan, elevation plans, and accessories plans, such as benches or window boxes.

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Here's a sampling of the projects available with the software:

The Cedarville gazebo is a charming, non-fussy structure that makes a perfect spot for entertaining.

cedar gazebo plans

The Guardian arbor is a gate and arbor plan all in one.

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Free Full-Color Outdoor Project Ebook

There is also a free ebook that comes with Do-it-Yourself Project Planner: Assorted Projects. The manual is over 400 pages of step-by-step instructions and color photographs for building everything from sheds, to decks, gazebos, and firepits. An ebook this size is a really unusual. The photographs themselves are superb. A very good value.

Summary

For $29.95, Project Planner: Assorted Projects lets you:

bulletBrowse 35 fully designed outdoor structures including photos, illustrations and dimensioned plan views
bulletAdd or remove desgin components from your materials list
bulletCreate and print a complete list of required materials for your project
bulletView or print all framing plans, pier layouts, cross sections, elevations & plan views
bulletOwn a 400-page outdoor project ebook

If you want to start right away, you can download the design software instantly. Or you can order a CD hard copy and have it shipped in a few days.

Click to learn more about garden structures and outdoor projects available from Big Hammer. If you need design ideas for decks or patios, Big Hammer also makes Do-It-Yourself Deck Designer and Patio Designer.

 

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