We experience the world in three dimensions, yet most of the drawings I produce when remodeling homes throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. are representative of only two dimensions (plans, elevations, sections, etc). This can pose a major challenge when trying to express the complexities of a design to my clients. It is difficult for most people, architects included, to fully visualize a space when looking at two-dimensional drawings. Fortunately, computer-aided drawing programs allow me to construct three-dimensional models that I can inhabit with my clients. The power of this technology is amazing and is an essential tool used in all of my designs.
Incorporating a 3-D design approach, I am able to walk clients through a virtual remodel of their home. Together we remove walls, enlarge window openings, and explore different cabinetry and casework options. The interactive nature of a virtual model offers my clients the unique opportunity to inhabit their remodeled home before the first nail is driven on the “real” project. This goes a long way toward building client confidence in the decisions they are making.
Designing in three dimensions is of great benefit to me as well. The freedom of a virtual environment allows me to balance technical know-how with artistic vision, resulting in a sophisticated, cohesive design solution. I learn from the model as I build it, refining every detail until it is just right.
The construction of a 3-D model is no small undertaking, but its value during the design process makes it well worth the time and effort for all parties involved.