3D Exterior Mistakes to Avoid for Better Results
Traditional cape cod house style with a large yard.3D Exterior Mistakes to Avoid for Better Results

3D visualization can help you get a realistic picture of an object. Whether it is a visualization of the interior or exterior, this process can help you create a design that gives the viewers a feeling like an object is real.

However, visualization is not as easy as it sounds. It should look as realistic as possible, and visualization tools can help you achieve that look. Those tools can also make your visualization look distorted and unrealistic if you don’t use them properly.

Because of that, we have created a list of mistakes you should avoid when it comes to 3D visualization of the exterior. Keep these in mind for your next project; you will surely see better results.

Perfect rendering reflections

Although it may not have crossed your mind to add reflections to your visualization, it is a crucial step. When there are no reflections in your designs, your visualization might seem incomplete.

This simple step is very effective in 3D visualization because it can add depth and create an atmosphere for the exterior you visualize. For example, you should add a reflection to a pool or other body of water that sits outside.

Also, remember that there are different types of reflections and use them according to a particular object and its material. Adding this simple step into your visualizations can make your projects appear more realistic.

Adding plants out of place

Many people find exterior visualizations that include plants more realistic. Adding plants to exterior elements can create a story behind your design and a relaxing atmosphere.

When adding plants to your visualizations, ensure that the plants are in the right place. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a plant on a window and cover it completely or put one in front of the entrance door and block it.

Instead, make sure that you put plants where they belong. Visualizing plants in the garden or discrete pots is the way to go. You wouldn’t want the plants to mess up your whole design.

Another tip is to put the plants where you want them in your home. Additionally, you shouldn’t put too many of them into one visualization because it will appear crowded and make the overall atmosphere of your visualization uncomfortable.

Recycling people models

You should always include people in your visualizations because they add depth to your 3D designs. They will make your visualizations appear more lively and realistic. However, there is a mistake that most people don’t consider when they add people to their designs.

The mistake in question revolves around using the same people models repeatedly in every visualization. Yes, using the same model in 2-3 visualizations is fine, but using the same models in every visualization may be a bit too much.

If you are working with a client, you should create or find a model that looks somewhat like them. That can help them visualize themselves in front of the exterior you are designing. If, on the other hand, you aren’t working with a client, make sure that all your visualizations differ from one another.

People like to see variety, and using different people models for each of your visualizations will make them appear more realistic. Additionally, you should include all genders and races in your visualizations to create a better, inclusive atmosphere.

Poor perspective

When designing an exterior, you should consider one of the most critical elements – perspective. All perspectives are welcome, but some might be too much (or too little) to look at, so be careful.

For example, a poor perspective in exterior visualization might be a bird’s-eye view because you can’t see anything more than the top of the object. We think looking at an object from all perspectives is vital, but this one won’t get you anywhere.

Additionally, a frog’s-eye view might be one of the least desirable perspectives. It will make the object appear big and small at the same time. That is not a human’s perspective and should not find its place in your visualizations.

Unrealistic elements

Everyone wants their visualization to look as realistic as possible. After all, that is the goal of 3D visualization. Many people don’t understand that and wish to add depth to their visualizations by adding unrealistic elements.

You should avoid that mistake at all costs, especially when it comes to exterior visualization. For example, adding a private plane to your exterior may make it appear more luxurious, but for many, that is unrealistic.

Instead, add simple elements, such as cars (not luxurious ones), plants, and other items that may appear in front of someone’s house. That will make your visualization better and more believable.

Poor lighting

Lighting plays a significant role in 3D visualization. When working on an exterior 3D visualization, you should consider all the possible lighting options, such as sunrise, sunset, daytime, night, etc.

That is not just about adding any lighting to your visualization; you must incorporate shadows and make all design elements visible. You don’t want to make your visualization too dark or too light.

Additionally, lighting is one of the essential human factors, alongside thermal comfort, noise, etc. Poor lighting can negatively affect people because they instantly relate poor lighting to bad feelings.


Exterior 3D visualization is an excellent way of depicting objects in the real world. These visualizations can add photorealism to any item and create a pleasant atmosphere for the viewer.

However, when it comes to this type of visualization, there are some things that many people ignore that can make a visualization unrealistic. We have listed some possible mistakes you should avoid for your next project.

Remember that your visualizations should be as realistic as possible, so you should pay attention to the most intricate details.