Grid  A movie describing the use of various grids in the gCADPlus drawing editor - managing the drafting settings for the electronic snap and grid; using the gCADPlus GRID command in a landscape design for a house in Massachusetts, USA.

In common with many page layout document designers who use grids in Adobe's InDesign, many landscape designers prefer to design on a grid. The GRID command (found on the Tools menu) draws a grid over any size design area and has the option of labeling the horizontal and vertical lines.  Far from cramping the design style, a grid, especially based on the size of a dominant window in the building often helps unify a design and spark new ideas.

The grid dialog box allows users to set the number of horizontal and vertical lines, grid cell size and the form of text labels. The grid can be turned into a block and rotated to any desired angle. If the Intersection osnap turned on, it can be a simple matter to layout a design. 

The figures below show a design where a grid was used to set out grassed and other areas.

Grid lines options



Reference grids

If you are dealing with a large site,  labeled grid created with the GRID command provides a method of referring to any particular zone within the design. The figures below show an example from a site in metropolitan Melbourne. The grid has been drawn at 10 meter intervals. 

Cell reference  Here is s short movie showing how to use the GRID command.

Grid reference

Because the grid is automatically labeled, a reference such as D3, can be used to refer a user to the proposed fire pit area.

Grid reference

Here is another example of the use of the GRID tool. A reference grid has been set up for an arboretum in a site in Southern Argentina.