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Four Ways To Better Interior Design Installations

Every interior designer and decorator knows that a design is not final until the installation is complete.

Blog | Home Design
Trine Bretteville

Before you can start with your interior design installations, you begin the pricing phase of your project with an agreed-upon design. Many factors can still influence and change the design. The contractor’s price can come back too high, the products may no longer be available or their cost has changed, and during installation, there is the dreaded “unforeseen condition” that can potentially affect one or many parts of the project.

For pricing an interior design package, we compile our floor plans and elevation drawings, and specifications into “Design Documents”. We send those documents out to contractors and installers for pricing. We spend time with each reviewing the scope of work, making sure it is clear, and discussing if the estimated price will come in on budget.

As interior designers, we hone our evaluation and negotiation skills in order to help our clients achieve their dream rooms and homes.

We also need to be good visual communicators. Our design drawings need to clearly communicate the scope of work so that contractors and installers can provide accurate estimates. During installation, we need to evaluate design revisions quickly and communicate the possible solutions clearly for re-pricing and client approval.

Four Ways 3D Visualization Can Improve Design Installations

1. When Pricing Projects

Providing 2D Floor Plans and elevation drawings in your design pricing package has always been the standard. However, 2D floor plans and elevation drawings do not always convey the desired design clearly and they can be hard to read, even for trained professionals. You can improve your design communication with contractors and vendors by including 3D Floor Plans and room design images with your pricing package.

RoomSketcher’s state-of-the-art 3D visualization makes it easy for you to present your interior design ideas with clear high-quality 3D Floor Plans and 3D Photos of your room design in addition to your 2D Floor Plan and elevation drawings.

Take the guesswork out of pricing and allow your contractors and installers to easily understand your design. Less guessing helps you get more accurate pricing and quicker turnaround on your estimates.

Multiple output options make it easy to add 3D Floor Plans and 3D Photos into your pricing packages. Either print your floor plans and images on your custom brand letterhead or download them to add to other documents or send them out digitally.

Projects rarely come in right on budget which costs designers additional time and money. If you need to make changes during pricing, it’s quick and easy to visualize suggested design changes in 3D.

Simply implement the change on your 2D Floor Plan, review it in 3D, and then update your project images at the touch of a button.

2. On the Job Site

Contractors often keep only a set of blueprints on the job site. With RoomSketcher your projects are accessible online – anytime, anywhere. Have your design drawings and tools where you need them during your interior design installations – On-Site. With a laptop or mobile device, your 3D Floor Plan and 3D Photos are readily accessible to help you illustrate your interior design ideas.

Additional interactive viewing features such as Live 3D and panoramic 360 Views allow you to present the 3D model of your design dynamically.

You can use these tools to review how the room layout is to flow, to show the transition from space to space, or to discuss a particular feature in detail from various angles. By clearly illustrating what the “finished” project should look and feel like you can avoid costly misunderstandings and mistakes.

Whether you just need to show an installer where something goes or you need to present the layout of a whole project clearly, 3D visualization and project accessibility will improve communication of your interior design ideas and installation efficiency on the job site.

3. Reviewing Updates

Multiple trips to the job site can be time-consuming and expensive. When you activate Live 3D Project Sharing , you can provide your contractor access to a copy of the project in Live 3D. Enable them to review your 3D model of the project with their sub-contractors to improve communication of the design.

With access to the project, your contractor has the tools to communicate with you using the floor plan.

Enable them to draw up site issues and possible solutions to share with you quickly and efficiently. The 3D model and visualization allow you to review it quickly as if you were actually there, which saves you additional trips to the job site and reduces feedback wait time.

4. Revision Turn-around

Unforeseen site conditions that require design changes can be an unfortunate part of an installation, potentially costing all parties time and money. Whether it’s just rearranging furniture that does not fit or moving walls due to hidden plumbing, swift evaluation and turnaround of these revisions are critical to keeping your installation on schedule and budget.

Onsite project access allows you to execute changes efficiently. Simply open the project on your laptop or tablet, implement the change, review it in your 3D model, then re-generate your floor plans and key design images at the click of a button.

Easy access project links make sending out changes for pricing, for review and approval – quick and efficient. The high-quality 3D visualization allows all parties to be clear on what the change will look like – improving response and approval time.

Keep your interior design projects on track with RoomSketcher 3D visualization!

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