Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is the go-to method for any property architect or designer in the digital age. The software has made the design process of any project much quicker than the old days of draughtsmen at a drawing board painstakingly adjusting minute details with a set square and compass. Over the years, one of the most significant breakthroughs in CAD is the ability to render designs in 3D. This futuristic breakthrough, however, has taken a while to become widely popular, with many architects still preferring to stick to 2d drawings. One of the reasons for this could be the unwillingness to learn a new practice. It takes many years of training to hone your design skills, and learning a new method is akin to learning a new language. So, is it worth it?
Once you understand the benefits of offering 3D designs to your clients, you will see how important this is for the planning and design phase and competitive marketing. Let us look at some advantages and why property architects are missing out if they’re not making the most of 3D modeling software.
If you run an apartment rental agency, you will undoubtedly understand the difficulty in arranging viewings. Finding the time to fit their busy schedule and being able to showcase the potential of a beautiful property in such a short window of time is challenging. Suppose buyers are searching further afield for their perfect rental apartment. In that case, viewings usually have to be arranged for a specific time and day to ensure they can view as many as possible in their limited time in the area. If you can offer 3D renderings of your apartments, you can offer your clients the ability to view the apartment in all its glory at any time that suits them.
Since virtual reality (VR) headsets have become more popular and widely accessible to consumers, more and more property architects and agencies have started to use VR to give their clients a virtual property tour. By putting the VR headset on, your client will be transported to a 3D world created and designed by you. For instance, if they have a particular preference for wallpaper color, you can easily give them the feel of it with the click of a button. If your client has the urge to knock the kitchen wall through and make it open plan, a few tweaks from your end can have them stand in the middle of their wildest dreams in no time.
While your client is soaking up the atmosphere they created in virtual reality, you can easily keep tabs on building costs as you go. Adding pricing to your materials gives you the ability to quote a customer’s designs much quicker. It’s also more accurate and can help reduce wasted materials, ensuring you’re not paying over the odds on supplies.
Being able to quote your client is one thing, but once you have secured the job, using 3D in the planning phase can help avoid errors such as collisions, minimize the need for re-drawing and keep everyone in the loop with a visual representation of the progress. Designing in 3D also allows you to produce 3D printed models of your developments, which are handy for marketing purposes and planning. Giving your client different options without having separate drawings done manually can save time and money and allow you to brainstorm ideas much more visually rather than having to explain them on a 2D platform.
A Building information model (BIM) is a shared knowledge source for everyone involved in a project, from architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and sales and rental agencies. A BIM can be implemented into your 3D renderings meaning that the crucial information relating to the structure of the building can be accessed and updated by everyone involved in the project.
Harnessing the power of 3D renderings in the property rental and development business is a must for anyone serious about standing out from the crowd in the digital age. From the initial marketing of a property, the viewing stages, planning and development, and keeping track of the cost, 3D modeling can help with all of these and more. Not only will you set yourself apart from your competition, but you will also leave your clients with something they can return to whenever they choose. This alone should help secure more deals. From viewings to the ability to customize models to suit their needs, you will be signing off on more completed jobs than ever before.