I’m a BIG proponent for 3D renderings. Why? I have always liked to draw (ok, sometimes it looks like chicken scratching and petroglyph symbols, but still) to begin with.
I am also a very visual person. Being able to communicate clients’ design problems into actual, viable solutions and plan of action is very exciting and rewarding to me. Being able to take an idea or thought that starts out in my client’s heads’, translating those ideas and concepts into sketching/drawing/doodling on paper, including each client’s unique wants and needs, and then to turn it into a project that I can transform into a realistic environment is actually extremely exciting for me. When you notice your client’s “a-ha,” moment on their face and in their body language is when you know that all the information that you have gathered over the past few weeks or months have finally struck a chord with them. And this is all before the swing of a hammer!
Let’s follow one project that I did for an executive that wanted a more modern office for himself. He wanted a more sophisticated space for his hi-tech company, starting with his own private office since this is where a majority of his meetings took place. This was also an online interior design project, so all the information I obtained was from his own measurements and questionnaire and was communicated entirely online.
Here is what I had to go on, floor plan wise:
This particular client wanted to incorporate his company’s logo colors in with his office. Perfectly understandable. This is what designers are equipped to incorporate! So I had to go online and search since this was an unexpected request and was not on the questionnaire anywhere. I found it easily (this is called being resourceful!!). Other times, some things are not readily conveyed. So the colors in the logo were blues and silvers and a small splash of red (which he said he wanted to stay away from), so blues and silver/grays it was.
After asking him a bit more about his business and preferences, I could now start to decipher what direction to start in his design solution. And just because a client tells you what they think they want, doesn’t always translate in the first “rough draft” of a concept (idea) for them.
So let’s start with 2 options for layout that I did. This was a big enough space for an executive to meet with a few people. He wanted two options to be shown.
One was basically the same exact layout and the other one was a tad more private, behind the slight 2’-0” corner wall. It gave enough privacy for him, but let others know that he was in there.
After looking at the floor plan, he decided to stick with his original one, due to being able to see the entire space. He did NOT want the desk to be the first thing people saw, so that is why his desk is set back from the door. So the layout was finalized in this first part of the design.
The second part of the design was determining what items to focus on for the most impact. He didn’t really like his current desk, so I looked for a more modern desk for a Hi-Tech Executive. I also gave him two options (and both fit in the space and came in the desired materials he was looking for):
He actually liked both of these desks but was thinking that the more impressive and hi-tech one was the darker desk shown. It was in alignment with what he thought of being “hi-tech” to him.
One of the things that many people cannot conceptualize, or wrap their brain around, is how their space will actually look like. It is different when you see a floor plan, but many people still do not “see” things in a 2D drawing, just like the floor plans presented above. This client actually wanted to try to fit a few more things in…until I did a 3D Drawing/Rendering for him. This can be THE secret weapon for many designers!! Showing what the space will really look like.
So what are some reasons to use drawings/renderings for the client and the rest of the design team?
Drawings can be a multi-purpose tool. They can serve as a guide for the design concept and shared with multiple people involved in the project while also enhancing the mutual understanding of the designer and the information intake from the client.
Plans also help to explain the design solution for the clients’ design dilemma and also include materials, patterns and placement of items the rendering can project what the real-life interior could potentially look like.
Since a majority of people are visual learners, including a drawing of what the space will look and feel like can help tell the story you are trying to convey. The drawings can include the actual colors, materials, textures, furnishings, lighting, etc. to bring the drawings to life.
Again, the 3D interior rendering will be able to look exactly, or very similar, like the real-life interior. Line drawings can convey the look itself, without using materials to confuse clients on too many colors and materials, instilling a definitive concept/idea.
Finally, 3D renderings help save money and time! It is much easier and less expensive to order a 3D drawing than to create it from real furniture or even to partially build it – especially if the client will want to make changes. You won’t have to spend additional money on real-life meetings and travel costs, and renders are easier and less expensive than building mock-ups, and they allow you to change items before construction starts. 3D renderings also allow for faster approval and lower costs, for the client as well as the design team.
Caryn Menches | eDesigner and Owner, Modern Lotus Interiors
Caryn Menches is a California Certified Interior Designer and the Principal Designer/Owner of Modern Lotus Interiors in Orange County, California. She designs Commercial and Residential properties throughout the Southern California area with an emphasis on restorative, healing spaces. Caryn can help bring your interior design visions to life. Caryn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in TV/Film from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from UCLA/Cal Poly Pomona.
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