The most important skill that a designer, architect, or engineer can possess is communication of their ideas. If one cannot communicate their concepts or ideas, then those ideas will fail because no one can understand them. As humans, we communicate in many different ways and styles but the three basic forms are: oral, visual, and written. When designing a building, whether it be a residential home or a commercial skyscraper, we are using all three forms of communication to describe the proposed design.
Why Renderings are Required
Designers, architects, and engineers rely on 2D drawings. These drawings are essential to obtaining building permits and working with others in the construction industry. Unfortunately, for many people it can often be difficult to understand how these 2D drawings represent the finished project. They can’t “see” the design when it’s 2D.
Renderings and animated visualisations can be used to turn 2D drawings into a model that represents the project being designed. They transform how we see the project. The visualisation can make it easier for people to quickly identify what they like and dislike about the design proposed. Whether it be the paint colours, trim, width of hallways, etc., this gives property owners a complete understanding of what the future holds for their projects.
Taking it a Step Further
In some instances it can be useful to create multiple renderings in order to compare various design options. For instance, when adding an addition it may be necessary to look at various roof lines, window styles, and finishes to ensure a seamless and pleasing integration with the existing building. The renderings make it a lot easier for everyone involved on the project to easily view the options being considered, make a decision, and then proceed with completing the engineering and design work. This approach can greatly reduce the time required to redesign, and prevents disappointment during the construction phase.
Visualising Finishing Touches
Renderings aren’t just a part of major projects for renovations, additions, or new construction, they can also be for those looking to spruce up their property. Whether looking to redo the interior or exterior of their space, property owners can use renderings to visualise the finishing touches. It can be particularly useful in evaluating multiple options for the interior design as well as determining which materials and colour are best suited for the exterior. The renderings can also serve as a tool to explain the concepts and design tradespeople who will be working on the construction of the project. This saves time and money for everyone involved, and helps ensure people know from the start that they will be satisfied with the finished product.