Designing your dream vacation home

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Using 3D to help you with your dream home

Whether you are a person who loves the beach or one who likes to take a holiday in the mountains, a dream home is an investment worth considering. Apart from the value of the home and the potential to create revenue when not in use, there is the comfort of knowing that you can go to your favorite get away without the worry and strain of finding a place to stay. And while buying a piece of property may be the best option for some, many are finding that they prefer to purchase a plot of land and build their own design or to purchase a low-cost property and renovate that property into their ideal dream home.  Before you hire a construction, crew or start tearing down walls, consider using 3D Models to help with your layout and design. It could save you a great deal of time and frustration.

3D Software for new designs

If you have purchased a plot of land and want to have a house built, then using a 3D model may be an expedient way to see how the building will compare to the neighborhood, how the lighting will affect the interior and other such features. Additionally, using an architectural model allows you to see how the building rests upon the plot. In some cases, a design looks well on paper, but when someone sees a photorealistic render, the concept must be revised or re-envisioned. This could be for several reasons including, obstruction of the main view, blocked egresses, improper lighting, height considerations, poor design for the elements (flooding, landslides, the wind, etc.), and non-availability of materials to build the house in that area.

Using 3D for renovations

Communities which are budding may have buildings which need a little “love and care” or small renovations. Most contractors will tell you that there are no little renovation projects and that all projects should be planned in detail. Since you are designing your dream home, it is critical that you have a working 3D model of your home as well as blueprints available before you begin tearing down walls, moving sheetrock, and such. First, by having a working model of your building you can see the photo-realistic results of the intended work. It removes the quick decision and regrets factor. Secondly, using a model within a BIM technology program can give you information about which walls can be removed. For example, load bearing walls cannot be removed unless another load bearing structure is put into place prior to removing the wall or structure.

Interior Design

Construction, renovation, and interior design are three different things. Once you have the space designed for construction or renovation, the next step is to see what your dream house will look like once you have the interior design applied to space. 3D models from CGTrader allow you to place a variety of components within the space, adjust the lighting and the shadows as needed, and see exactly how your dream house will look. Some software, such as Revit, allows you the ability to use GPS coordinates to stimulate the lighting for your specific location. Since some interior elements can get rather expensive (for example stone walls), using 3D models and rendering for your space is ideal. Whenever you use 3D elements, make sure that the objects are built to scale to give a more appropriate rendering of the interior space.

Putting it all together

Perhaps the biggest advantage of using 3D in your dream vacation home design or renovation plan is the animation factor. While static images and planning can give you a grasp of how space will look once the building or renovation of your dream home is complete, a virtual walkthrough does tremendously in solidifying your conceptions of the space. There is a tie between the rooms, the ability to see how the lighting, paint, interior elements, and structural features play upon each room. Additionally, the viewer can see multiple angles of any particular room minimizing the risk of liking one area of the room but having the features of another part of the room due to poor planning.

If you are planning to build or to renovate your dream vacation home, talk to an architect, interior designer, or a 3D artist to have a 3D model of your home provided. Ensure that the model is to scale and that the lighting in the model mimics real world lighting fixtures. Should you wish to design your house yourself using a 3D model, get a design which works with your software program (be it 3D max, Maya, or Revit) and save a few different variations. Once you are satisfied with the 3D, talk to your architect or drafter about making construction drawings and submission sheets for the work to be done.