Cost of 3D Remodeling Drawings
Constance, a serial remodeler from California, says 3D remodeling drawings can save you time, money and aggravation. She is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. “It’s what draws me to remodels.” She is driven to improve the quality and function of the spaces she inhabits. A veteran of three remodels, Constance has learned the value of conserving resources and minimizing stress. Constance has just started her fourth renovation project, and she’s using 3D remodeling drawings to help her visualize the final project.
Demolition has only barely begun, but Constance has been hard at work with a well-known architect who developed all the plans and construction documents. She’s also working closely with a designer whose work she’s seen and loved in several homes. Through the designer, Constance found a 3D renderer who will take the two dimensional construction plans and convert them to 3D remodeling drawings complete with surfaces and finishes and lighting.
3D Remodeling Drawings
The first room Constance shared was an image of the kitchen. The renderer input the specs from the construction drawings, then added the appropriate finishes and lighting to create photograph-like image of the finished kitchen. When Constance looked at the finished version, she decided to replace the solid panel at the end of the cabinets on the left with glass to provide even more visibility and natural light.
3D Remodeling Drawings to Select Finishes
After the kitchen, Constance asked for 3D remodeling drawings of the office. A wall was removed to consolidate the media room and a guest bedroom. The combined space will make for a generous office including built-in bookshelves, an oversized desk, a 50 inch television set and a luxurious chaise. In consideration of resale value, the room is designed so that a future owner could turn it into a bedroom by removing the desk and the lower cabinets under the window to make room for a California king bed.
Here is the 2D construction drawing.
The renderer offered four different iterations showing different paint colors on the walls and v-groove paneling at the back of the bookcases. Constance describes the first as “pleasantly masculine.” The remaining three drawings feature slightly different furniture and are all more feminine.
It is not uncommon these days for architects and designers to offer 3D remodeling drawings as part of their services. Some will bundle it, others will offer it for a fee. Constance found her renderer through her designer. He charges $600 per render. He also offers “fly-bys” – an animated walk through of a space, for $2,500 – $3,000. Constance recommends asking your remodeling or construction professional if they offer this service and what if any additional costs you might incur.
Constance says 3D remodeling drawings have “helped tremendously before construction even began! It's really helpful to be able to ‘see' what a room will look like before it ever physically takes shape. Otherwise we'd probably be repainting the room five times.”
Have you used 3D remodeling drawings on your projects? Would you?
Constance is a middle-aged SWF with a passion for transforming tract houses from builders basic standards to adding ‘hotel comfort-like’ touches! Want an open concept, LEED “green” items like R-60 ceiling insulation, triple glazed windows, artificial turf for water conservation and a pool cover to keep heat from escaping when the pool isn’t in use, custom built-ins, heated floor, heated towel bars, and reclaimed wood floors? Follow the roller-coaster of my planned 2 year planned latest renovation journey from start to finish at http://www.constanceathome.blogspot.com – See more at: http://www.hometipsforwomen.com/13-renovation-lessons-learned-the-hard-way#sthash.1TcuOKpt.dpuf