Home remodeling may be nothing new to the seasoned homeowner, but 3D design certainly is. Only a couple years old now, 3D design software for home remodeling is a fairly fresh concept that is slowly (but surely) making waves.
2D blueprints, mockup sketches, traditionally drawn proposals … design contractors still use these mediums to visually represent a client’s remodel request, but more and more of them are seeing the appeal of 3D design software.
And they’re making the switch accordingly.
If you’re planning a room renovation or a whole home remodel, we highly recommend you choose a 3D design contractor for this project. Here are five reasons why:
Easier to Approve
In home remodeling, using 3D design software to build a scaled model of the final product can speed up the approval stage, consequently helping your timeline in the process.
It’s easier for people to approve a remodel design plan if they can actually see what the room physically looks like. A 3D model can clearly represent the proposed remodel better than even the most detailed blueprint by accurately translating 2D measurements into physical, true-to-life dimensions, angles, and placements.
It also helps that this kind of real-life representation eliminates a majority of the uncertainty that comes when trying to mentally visualize the height, length, width, and overall size of flat, 2D sketches. The lesser the uncertainty regarding the final design, the higher the likelihood of securing approval for the remodel on very first submission.
Accurate Spatial Planning/Accommodation
The comfort of your living space is often dictated by how you optimize the use of that space. Think about it; even if we all might unconsciously want a big house on a huge lot, there are a lot of people who are able to live comfortably—even luxuriously—in small studio units or one-bedroom apartments. This, if anything, is proof that optimizing the space you do have through smart planning can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
3D design can help with that.
A physical model of the remodel proposal means clients can actually see the space they’ll end up having to work with. This true-to-life representation makes it easier for them to accurately divide the space and prepare accommodation plans that will translate almost seamlessly into the actual remodel—with very little risk of error.
Not everyone gets written dimensions, measurements, and degrees. While it’s easy for an engineer or architect to visualize what it means when someone says the cabinet is “30 degrees parallel to the corner,” or that kitchen island “runs perpendicular to the counter for about 2 feet,” the average layman or homeowner might have too much trouble with the lingo to clearly picture what is being described.
However, everyone understands 3D. It’s physical, visual, and highly interactive, making it the perfect platform to initiate seamless communication between all parties involved in the remodel process.
3D designers translate the initial remodel plan into a physical scaled model using 3D design software. The clients then study this model and are able to physically point out areas of concern and indicate changes they’d like made. The 3D design artist—or artists—can then then incorporate these changes in the model on the spot, allowing the client to see the changes real-time.
This sort of smooth, back-and-forth communication greatly improves the chances of a successful remodel. It is, however, harder to achieve when working with traditional 2D designs.
And with great communication comes …
More Efficient Design
As mentioned earlier, 3D design allows for seamless, real-time communication between the clients, the designer, and the build team. Suggestions can be implemented and visually rendered right away, allowing all concerned parties to see the changes to the remodel and adjust accordingly.
This greatly reduces the time the designer has to spend on editing and producing the design drafts.
And thanks to how innovative and response 3D design software is nowadays, the chances of making mistakes or overlooking potential design flaws are practically eliminated.
Finally, this efficiency during the design phase also means…
Eliminates Risk of Changes During Construction
Requesting changes during the actual construction phase itself is one of the worst things that can happen during a home remodel. Even the smallest change order is costly, inconvenient, and can set back the entire project schedule by days.
Using 3D design software to render the proposed remodel can eliminate the risk of any party involved—whether it be the clients or the contractor—requesting changes outside of the design (and redesign) phase.