After playing around with the floor plan and the site layout, I decided to push it a little further and see what it looks/feels like in 3d.  I have been a long time SKETCHUP user, when describing it to people – I usually say it’s a 3d program where you don’t need to think about the program.  There are so few commands in Sketchup – that after using it just a few times – and understanding the few rules – it frees you to make whatever you think of.  Here are a few studies I worked through:

Through this series (there are MANY more hiding in my un-organized folders on my computer) I made some minor and some MAJOR changes to the layout…and the last two images are very close to the final concept.