This column is authored by Jason Vander Griendt, Founder, Render3DQuickly
Technology has brought forth many disruptions and one of them that many people in the real estate industry are talking about is virtual reality, which has eased how engineers and managers handle their projects. Home construction is an art that has for many years relied heavily on menial labor, but with the advent of virtual reality softwares, it has now become easier to come up with futuristic designs yet with fewer resources.
Experts who have been using virtual reality like myself are optimistic that this will be the next big thing in home construction, and it could be used to further provide intelligent control of different parameters within homes. I founded Render 3D Quickly, a virtual reality company that helps clients to design their homes, and his involvement in this industry has revealed that those who embrace the technology have successful projects.
But what is the benefit behind using virtual reality in home construction apart from offering the renders and the design? Here are some of the things you might be missing if you are yet to start using virtual reality in your projects.
Change that optimizes your expenditure
Indeed, virtual reality is a change in the construction industry that has come with more benefits than costs, and this is if you look at the technology overall to reveal its practicality and benefits. For many decades since modern architecture was born, designers have relied on drawings or renderings to capture the spatial and dimensional nature of a building.
This process of preparing the renders is often time-consuming and one might need to spend more on resources because most of the time you will make mistakes and you might need a new set of materials to repeat the process. It is a frustration that can keep one struggling for a long period while working on a single project. Additionally, the hand sketches provided are not anywhere near perfect designs, and this is seen in the inclusion of the environment in the design.
One of the things virtual reality does is get rid of all these processes and wastage by offering a seamless way of designing buildings while helping you to save on both money and time. It allows the inclusion of near-perfect features that show how the environment around the house should be, which is a feature that also assists landscapers while pursuing their work later. Additionally, one can use virtual reality to showcase the design pattern used, so subordinates working on a project will have easier time reading the illustration as it captures everything clearly. Perfection is another aspect of virtual reality that comes in to provide a solid base in the process of developing a house.
Project collaboration refers to where you want to work with other developers and would like to use tools that can help to enhance efficiency while also reiterating the need to maintain accuracy. This is an aspect that virtual reality captures perfectly as it allows you to include your teams in a project by giving them an easy-to-interpret plan. Interpretation of the building plan is what determines if the intended features will be included as required, and this is something that previously delayed the implementation of construction projects.
Engineers can now have less work and this also comes as a benefit as they are able to inspect every detail about the project to ensure the implementation of ideas captured in the plan is in line with the requirements of the client. There is also the aspect where meetings can be held in a virtual environment using virtual reality. Instead of each member to the team traveling to meet others at a certain spot, meetings to deliberate the construction can be held virtually using virtual reality rooms. With this option, implementation is sped up and every person stays connected to the details of the projects and any changes made, so there no room for mistakes.
Virtual tours: capture every detail inside and out
Virtual tours are a revolution in home construction that have enabled the delivery of high quality products, and in marketing developers have had easier time showcasing the kind of product they have. With virtual tours, you can walk through a house to see what is included inside and outside all at the comfort of your home. How this happens is that the developer uploads previews that can provide quality virtual tours whenever one shows interest in buying the property.
It is a technology that benefits both the buyer and seller as there is no much traveling needed. Being able to see the house remotely also allows easy decision making, and many platforms that facilitate listing of homes have already started using this technology. Having looked into the marketing aspect of it, let’s again review the design aspect with the next point.
Customization and add-ons
While designing houses using virtual reality software, one is aided in many ways to come up with a refined product. One of the ways this is possible is through the availability of customization preferences that allow one to polish the design. For example, most virtual reality design software comes with templates for the kitchen, living area, carpet options, wall material, and roofing type. This means some awesome inclusions to a house could be a click away, thereby easing design while also helping in the enhancement of the application of aesthetics for a project.
Reach prospects with an immersive experience
Humans are emotional and the more you connect with them emotionally the easier you can communicate, and this is what virtual reality helps you to achieve. Giving an immersive experience whereby your prospective clients can preview the elegance of your projects increases the chances of them approving of your request to work on their projects. Virtual reality gives a sense of satisfaction as it helps to satisfy the urge to know what lies behind a project.
Even before some projects begin, there is a high chance there could be some dispute later. You don’t want to spent time and money working hard on a project only for it to be rejected later. This problem can be eliminated by offering a detailed illustration of the project so the client can see what will be included and some of the features that could be added to make it better. It provides a basis on which a client can make a decision whether to implement a project or to reject it before work commences.
Virtual reality also provides an easy guide to those who are not able to read technical scripts and maps. Everything that is provided is within the imagination of the client, and this makes it easy for them to understand because they can relate with most of the features included.
About the future of VR in construction
If you have been wondering if it would be a perfect idea to embrace virtual reality in your new projects, you should be informed that this is a technology that is taking over the construction industry and soon everyone will be giving preference to projects that are rendered using virtual reality. Therefore, as a designer or engineer, it is time to invest in this technology to prepare for the exciting future that awaits you.