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3D design enables quick confident decisions

Most projects begin with clients gathering a variety of assets that reflect the elements for their desired home’s features. Magazine clippings, photos, floor plans, and countless website bookmarks are the collage used as a palette used to create a cohesive design that looks, and more importantly, feels like home for their family. Using 3D design enables quick confident decisions.

This home in Glenview began much in the same way. The elements were all there, but it didn’t begin to take shape and become meaningful until we were able to explore the model together during design meetings. As the pieces began to take shape, there is no mistaking the excitement and enthusiasm.

The early sketches and diagrams begin to solidify into a mature concept and client’s wrestle to grasp and understand the meaning of these early illustrations. The real excitement happens for the design team when the concept moves into model form. As we explore the model together and individually, design elements are revealed, unexpected features and views become apparent.

Design tool makes for easy design decisions. Uncertainty becomes certainty. Questions are answered. Clarity and confidence grow. Communication becomes fluid. Gone are the times when decisions are strained and made in relative darkness. Traditional architectural graphics, at one time, represented the best available communication method. When we communicate, graphically, in a way that everyone can understand, we all benefit. 3D printing takes this to the next level bringing ideas to life.

Adding 3D images to traditional architectural drawings remains a useful addition. It is even better for the 2D and 3D to be integrated into one design process in real time. By using the 3D model to create the various drawings needed, we can save time and maintain coordination throughout the process.

Clients, consultants, builders, and trades all benefit from the advantages offered through these state of the art design practices. The real trick is to implement these advanced design techniques and tools and remain competitive with traditional practices. Not only does 3D design enables quick confident decisions, but the whole team is armed with a language to intelligently discuss the project and development issues.

Clients enjoy a deeper understanding throughout their design experience. They also gain a sense of control and clarity in communication with the entire design and build team. During construction, there are far fewer mistakes and miscommunications, saving both time and money. The universal project understanding means that the need for change orders and unexpected costs and delays are a thing of the past.

Using better tools expands the understanding of all team members.

This story and others may also be found in our newsletter, MEBA Design News  – Vol 10


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