For the home construction niche, one of the biggest game changers we have seen is the 3D image virtual walkthrough. Rather than simply looking at blueprints or a model, the homeowner is able to see a detailed three-dimensional view of their home, down to every little detail, before they ever break ground on the home. In terms of cost savings, this is arguably the most significant innovation we have seen in home construction in decades.
Precise Budget Planning
The budget… in previous years, this was a starting point, and anyone who has ever built a custom home knows the frustration of getting the call from the builder that unexpected costs have popped up. You always want to have a contingency fund, but that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about having a feature in the design that when you actually see it in person, you don’t like it and want something changed.
This can add significant additional costs to the construction project, which is what 3D imaging allows us to avoid. You can see every detail of the home, from the countertops to the cabinets to the bathroom fixtures, and you can see them before a single penny is spent on supplies or construction, which enables you to keep your construction project on budget.
Minimizing Design Errors and Revisions
As we have noted before, not everyone can read 2D plans and understand how that translates to a construction project. There are some issues that even a professional architect or builder may miss, so even they benefit from the use of 3D imaging. Additionally, some features that work on paper do not necessarily always work out once the construction begins, so this aids both the homeowner and builder to spot potential issues and correct them all before construction starts.
Enhanced Client Decision-Making
Generally speaking, you are not going to have a custom-built home to have “normal” features. The whole idea behind designing your home is to have unique, personal features added to the design. When you are using a 3D image virtual walkthrough, you can see how these touches look in the finished product. If you don’t like them, you change them in the program until you have the aesthetic you seek in the home.
Efficient Use of Materials
I used to live in a community that was completely revamped in terms of housing. Every winter construction crews flooded the area to demolish older homes and build beautiful new ones. However, I also saw a significant waste of materials because builders constantly bought more than needed to ensure they had enough. That waste goes away with 3D imaging, as the builder will literally know, down to the final screw, what they need in order to build your home.
Streamlined Communication and Collaboration
This is arguably one of the most important benefits of 3D imaging, as the architect, builder, designer, project manager, and client can all be on the same page in terms of updates to the design. Using 3D imaging allows for clearer, more precise communication between all parties, then you get to see those changes in real-time.
Attracting Competitive Bids
If you use a residential construction project manager who offers 3D image virtual walkthroughs, you can get more competitive and accurate bids from contractors. As we noted above, they can see what the finished product is expected to look like as well as materials and possible challenges.
Did you know that Better Build Now offers our clients 3D image virtual walkthrough service? If you would like to learn more about this service, click here, or just give us a call at 888-402-4180 and a member of our team can help explain the benefits of using this service as part of our managed residential construction services.