There comes a time in the design process when 2D floor plans and elevations just don’t do enough to communicate a design. There may be challenges with the property’s location, such as being positioned on a steep hill, or using materials that might impact on the surrounding area, that all need to be communicated in a better visual format- that’s where a Computer Generated Image (CGI) also known as a 3D model comes in.
It might mean the difference between gaining planning approval or a refusal. There are occasions when local authorities need further detail regarding the impact of a design on its surroundings, such as the proximity to neighbours, 3D models can also help with this.
What is the process of building a 3D model?
To assist with both the design and the model, a number of different surveys may need to be performed first, such as:
- A Digital Survey of the existing property, to build an accurate model to scale.
- Ordinance Survey map of the land, to see the wider impact of the surrounding landscape.
- Topographical Survey to understand the gradient of the surrounding land.
- Tree Survey to locate any protected trees that may impact the design
We can engage with specialists on your behalf to carry out these surveys, ensuring you are working with trusted consultants.
I can’t visualise the inside
It’s quite common for clients to struggle to visualise the internal changes to their project and a 3D model can help with that.
For example, it can detail a specific floor finish, where a dining table might be located, or just understanding the space available when internal walls are removed.
We are also asked to produce them for stakeholders who require a better understanding of a design in order to sign off funding on a project.
What if we didn’t design the project?
We can provide 3D Models for you, even if we didn’t create the original design.
You may have engaged a designer who does not offer this service, please contact us and we will be happy to help turn your design into a 3D visual.
Does my project need a 3D model?
Not every project requires a 3D model, your architect will be able to gauge whether it will benefit your project or not.
They can be quite time consuming to produce, so in-turn can be expensive depending on the level of detail required, the decision to create one should be well thought through.
This unique property is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The complicated site and extensive alterations required to bring the 100+ year old property up to date, required a 3D model to help better communicate its location and alterations in a very accurate way.