Design ToolsJervis Bench™ Landscape Furniture can be placed individually or in various attractive and interesting groupings. Whether it be a dining, campfire, or conversation groupings, this is where your creativity will come into play. These simple design tools make the planning phase easy and fun. It’s all about how you want to use your outdoor spaces. This is exciting.
Always measure your site to see how much room is available. Estimate what seating capacity is needed figuring 2' of bench length per person. Take special note of safety issues like if underground wiring or plumbing are present. If the site is level, consider any drainage issues. Watch for the range of shade for the times when the area will be used most, etc. Now, with all this in mind, you’re ready to get creative.
First, print out the grid sheet and diagram sheet from the links below.
The grid sheet scale is one half inch equals one foot. The red grid shows one foot squares like most pavers and the gray grid shows 3” intervals. If your design area is larger than 16' x 21' you can piece two or more grids sheets together. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a window as a light table. If you need to work on a different scale as part of a comprehensive plan, just enlarge or decrease the size of the scale diagrams printouts accordingly as necessary.
Cut the diagrams out with scissors. The gray boxes show where the posts go into the ground which is important if you’re using with pavers. Try putting a little rolled piece of tape on the back of the scaled diagrams. Now you can see how much room you’ll need, not only between the pieces, but all the traffic patterns in and around them as well. When you’re happy with the layout you should tape each piece securely in position or make a copy.
If you have any questions, or you would just like a second opinion, send me a scan of your plan to me at John@JervisBench.com. I’ll try to give you some useful tips and helpful hints to realize your design criteria.