• Riad Yahoui

The Dummies’ Guide to Architectural 3D Renderings

Want to elevate your architectural design but don’t know where to begin? This guide will help you choose the best 3D Rendering based on how far along you are in the design process.


If you’re just beginning your design phase, a 2D drawing is a great way to start.

Seeing everything drawn to scale allows you to get a clear picture of what opportunities and limitations you are working with. It helps you determine how much will actually fit in the space provided and you’ll be able to pinpoint any design flaws early.




A 3D Exterior Rendering allows your design to jump to life off the page. You can use this tool to see how your design will fit within its actual setting, Simulate different colors, materials, Windows, landscape and hard_scape. You’ll be able to see if anything looks unnatural or out of place before going any further with the project.




So you have a design that you love, now’s the time to test it with a 3D fly-through or walk-through. Animations let you experience the atmosphere you’re creating, so you can ensure that it matches your vision. A 3D animation is also a great tool for presenting to potential investors; they’re able to visualize the entire concept before ground has been broken.





  • When you’re ready to show contractors and buyers… 3D Floor Plan

Now that you have a set design in place, you need an easy and comprehensive way to communicate it. 3D Floor Plans are a powerful marketing tool, they show the entirety of your design in a format that everyone will be able to understand. They’re also great resources for real estate agents--potential buyers will get a glimpse of everything the space has to offer.




The last thing you want to do is make costly choices before having the opportunity to try them out. 3D Interior Renderings allow you to play around with everything from paint schemes to decor choices before you make any final decisions.





  • To fully immerse yourself in the design… 360 VR

You’re just about ready to begin construction, now’s the time to finalize all the small details. A 360 virtual reality experience let’s you get a preview of what it will be like to walk through the finished product. You’ll be able to evaluate spacing, functionality, and overall aesthetic. Potential buyers will also be able to feel like they’ve toured the space before it even exists. 360 VR goes beyond conveying what the space offers; it allows you to experience how the space feels.




A 3D As-Built is produced with real pictures of the completed building, hand sketches, and the surrounding neighborhood to create a detailed 3D Architectural model of the contextual environment. This service is useful for architects, landscape and interior designers who want to experience their design or present it within its context but they don't have enough time to

create it for each new project.



Use this guide to help you navigate the various services I offer. Still have questions or have a vision that lies outside the scope of these projects? Visit my FAQ page or feel free to contact me directly. I’d love to hear from you!

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