The last few house renderings on the home page have been so dismal that I finally gave up on photorealism and just did something neutral. The good news is that it includes the piers — you'll just have to imagine trees, terrain, stairs, etc.
What are you rendering it in, just Sketchup? Perhaps worth trying something else? Or a sketchup addon even?
Yup, just the free version of Sketchup. I haven't explored add-ons yet -- are there any you can recommend that would work with the free version?
I confess that making a pretty rendering hasn't been a particularly high priority. My hope is that Camilo, the architect friend who's been helping us, will have a chance to make a professional-quality rendering for us in the next few weeks. We've been hammering out exterior details, so hopefully a pretty picture will come out of that.
Have a look here: http://www.alexschreyer.net/cad/rendering-sketchup-models-with-kerkythe…
I haven't got any personal experience with SU rendering actually, I would use Revit by preference. As you say maybe your architect will produce renderings in due course.
Best wishes, Elrond
Thanks, I'll check that out. Though maybe I should wait until we're in the house to do it, so we can effectively capture the heat from my CPU :-)