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So you’re wondering how to visualise your new home? What will it actually look like in real life? And that’s a valid question because if you don’t like it once it’s built, then you’ve got a real problem on your hands!


But there’s a way around it, and it’s easier than ever these days.


In days gone by, builders and real estate agents engaged professionals to create artists impressions. These originally consisted of hand drawn sketches based on the explanation from the builder or agent plus a good dose of their own ideas thrown in for good measure.


But these sketches were often lifesavers for people that were looking to build or buy, giving them some concept of the finished product. And that’s because it’s recognised that not everyone can visualise how a finished home will look. In one sense, no-one can, but people that have been trained in the building industry and have many years of experience seeing the link between the original plans and the finished product develop a keen mental grasp of the final outcome.


But for the rest of us, the need still remains – we need a jolly good image of how things will look when it’s all done and dusted!


So as the computer age came along, so did the development of the CAD 3D imaging industry. By the way, CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting – which is in fact outdated; it should be called Human Aided Drafting – the computer does most of it, we just give it some inputs.


And the results are now amazing. Photo realistic views that are so realistic most of us wouldn’t have a clue that they’re done by a computer. They simulate realistic lighting, stunning landscapes, and textures and finishes so lifelike it’s scary. Check out this Facebook poll we did showing the difference!


The only glitch is the amount of time these images take to do. The old adage Garbage In Garbage Out still holds true – a lot of work is required to make sure all of the inputs have been put in correctly. This involves not only the structure of the home itself but the furniture and the fittings. Even the books and the flowers and the steaming cup of coffee on the bench.


But these images are often only used for high-end marketing purposes. What about visualising my particular home with its own nuances and customisation?


There is a way, and it’s halfway in between the old and the new. It’s using software that ‘draws’ in 3D. An example of this software is AutoCAD Revit. The draftsperson creates the home as a true model in the computer and then the relevant plans such as the floor plan, elevations, etc, are ‘lifted’ off this model. And the advantage of this is that accurate – not necessarily lifelike – sketches and images can also be lifted off this model.


These sketches are typically black and white or a pastel colour, but the beauty of them is that they’re deadly accurate. Size, format, and details are literally drawn to the millimetre and this is reflected in the isometric views that can be taken from the model.


And depending on the extent of the model, endless amounts of these 3D sketches can be drawn from the model – both internal and external. Kitchen. Wet areas. Close ups of the front door. The study cabinetry. The list is endless. And these views are created in a millisecond – as long as it takes for the drafty to select the position of the ‘camera’.


So if you’re wanting to visualise your new home before its built, ask your builder or drafty or designer for these sketches from the computer model. If the model has been drawn accurately then they’ll be an excellent source of help to you. Look past the fact that they’re only black and white or poor lighting or textures, and focus on the detail of sizes, shapes, formatting, layout etc.


The saying that the camera never lies is just as true here; the ‘camera’ inside the computer program is deadly accurate and void of any of its own opinions or creativity. Ask the drafty to point the camera at various locations and this will give you what you want.


You have a right to know what your home will look like before it’s built, and there’s now a perfect way to do that.

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