• Riad Yahoui

A Multipurpose Tool Best Kept Handy

Updated: Mar 1

3D Architectural Renderings Make a Lot of Things Easier.

The way three-dimensional images allow an extraordinary peek at your design destination is dramatic — but maybe a bit beguiling. Practical use of the wonderful images produced may seem obvious…but then again, what are the real-world applications to make work life easier and more cost effective? Here are a few reminders of what a good tool 3D renderings are to that very end.

  • Better torque on PLANNING

You’ve probably heard the carpenters’ saw (i.e., old meme) “Measure twice, cut once.” With old standard blueprints, you get the construction nitty-gritties, the wires, nuts and bolts — but where exactly is the defined space, the living space? 3D architectural images render the actual blueprints into accurate, reliable dimensions through which you can take that virtual walk. It is the end result that is the point of planning, right?

3D renderings — and especially 360° virtual animations — actually prompt your mental tour of the living space to compare the original idea. The viewer can more truly envision the result as currently drawn. If something is not working, perhaps a space too narrow or misapplied, you can revise or get back to the dream. From facades to a light fixture, you may assess in lived terms how needs are being met…or not. Does it look like you could use another outlet in the bedroom or den? There’s something one is likely to notice touring a property but miss in 2D drawings. The same goes for windows and doors for good ventilation and access, overlooked lighting and plumbing fixtures, and just how the built-ins you need or want will serve most conveniently.

Thus, 3D gives you the ability to review the project before starting construction! 3D floor plans are clear. See exactly how the house or development will look before building by referencing three axes instead of only two. It is a winning strategy. The net benefit is saved time and money before anybody grips a shovel to break ground.

  • Safe for CONSUMER USE in decision making

3D design renderings are accessible, not esoteric. The professionals within an industry may slip in maintaining perspective on lay confusion with diagramming conventions. On the other hand, clients can easily read in 3D versus a 2D drawing such as a blueprint. The dimensions the architect applies to the 3D floor plan can then be read by decision makers less adept. They are in fact looking at the space he is looking at in the blueprint. The meaning of symbols indexed on the cover page of that blueprint are rendered obvious and unnecessary!

Whether by way of an architect, landscaper or interior designer — 3D renderings are a powerful tool by which to transmit information without disturbing the integrity of the plan thus seen. They keep the content of the architecture simple and easy for all involved in the process, this even though directly from off the drawing board.

  • Easily SHARED with those working on the project

While only a qualified 3D rendering artist can make 3D design plans for a building or house, the results are widely comprehensible — and easily distributed. The making of these products strives for accuracy and requires a high degree of industry knowledge as an engineering service. And yet, the beautiful, colorful design images of genuine planning dimensions are highly portable and accessible.

You can convert these files to many formats, such as TIF, WMF, DWG, and JPEG, to name a few. Meetings can be avoided for when truly necessary because partners in the process can receive the images remotely — then similarly get back to you after review. Again, that’s whether or not they’re adept at blueprint reading. The ideas being considered are clearly communicated in the visual.

  • Ratchet up your MARKETING

3D architectural and landscape renderings take up much of the heavy lifting for you in all areas of promotion. “Seeing is believing” holds a lot of merit. 3D broadens your tool chest to make your efforts shine. A discussion of this is in the earlier March blog installment, “Stop All That EXPLAINING.”

  • Look at all the DETAIL WORK it does

Interior designers can prepare a host of alternate layouts envisioning various new home options. All the furnishings and fixtures, carpet and drapes, can be made to appear or disappear in a room or rooms at the push of a button. The realism allows you and the client to get everything desired lined up before going on a shopping spree.

Many animated options also are available. Colorful and engaging in their imagery, the viewer can even have the necessary control to direct their own involvement. Different angles and points of focus are yours through 360° virtual tours. The flexibility and interactivity make this the right tool when fixing in on the best interior theme and scheme.

THERE ARE so many applications in these design and planning industries, you may be thinking of your own special way to make perfect use of this technology. Let me know if you are, what you have in mind, and I may give you a shout-out in a future blog installment!

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