Imagine Every Detail Before You Build
Choose an architect experienced in 3D building information modeling for your forever home so you can imagine every detail.
By Mark Eric Benner
Congratulations on your decision to build or remodel your home! Now, how will you prevent delays, sidestep design mistakes, and avoid budgets gone wrong?
Make a good match
Your choice of architect is one of your most important decisions. It may determine whether you pursue a remodel or build an entirely new house. It may be the difference between enjoying your custom-built home for decades or quickly outgrowing a design that didn’t account for your changing needs or lifestyle. So take the time to choose someone who wants to understand your priorities and will document your home’s progress.
The right architect will have a good rapport with you, engage in mutually honest conversations, and design in a style you like. They also should be fluent in advanced 3D building information modeling (BIM) to empower you to imagine every detail.
Make the most of your 3D experience
Too often, homeowners lose the advantage of 3D visual communication with virtual walk-throughs prepared after the completed design. Instead, insist on an architect experienced in BIM design practices who welcomes your active participation in the entire process. That way, you can understand and envision design components and make impactful, well-informed decisions.
With this enhanced perspective, you will better understand the visual impact and other details that may be obvious to an architect in a two-dimensional rendering but are abstract or utterly mysterious to you. Rather than being expected to learn “architect-speak” and blueprint-reading skills, BIM can help you and your architect develop a common language and make better, more impactful decisions together. In other words, imagine every detail.
Better visualization can result in smarter energy use, automate technical aspects of design, and transform time your architect spends on the minutiae of construction specifications to time spent with you in meaningful conversation. It also reduces confusion when ordering materials, especially important given current supply chain issues.
Ask how much access to the BIM experience you will have. For example, visualizing a proposed roofline or a garage placement may take time (and then some more). Can you explore the virtual design plans at your convenience? Or will you only have access during scheduled meetings with the architect? The ultimate goal is to develop a personalized design that expresses the warmth, elegance, and openness that makes you truly feel at home.
Successfully create your custom space – imagine every detail
Remodeling or new construction is hard work, but it should also be exciting and enjoyable. Your custom home reflects your style, so use BIM to put your passion and imagination into its design and choose an experienced architect who helps you to imagine every detail.
Mark Eric Benner is the owner of Mark Eric Benner Architects, Ltd. Since 2007, the company has specialized in designing uniquely personal living and working spaces through creative design paired with today’s most advanced 3D illustration technology. www.MEBArchitect.com