Architecture has always been considered the queen of the arts. For this reason, the architect (whether you work to renovate or design from scratch) has a challenging role in the artistic scenario, being the one who is called to generate and transpose an innovative idea of space into form. And it is not the translation into a drawing of any formal concept that characterizes the work of the architect, but it is the concept itself, that is the idea. The architect or the designer have, by training and practice, an enormous ease in visualizing the drawing - the first visual design result - in completed space, that is, in its potential concretization. Heritage of knowledge and skills that do not often belong to the citizen.
This circumstance has led the designers, over the centuries, to manually create three-dimensional simulations, in the form of axonometries and perspectives, requiring an enormous time commitment. But this was made possible only for certain categories of customers, able to guarantee that extra expense to see their order "displayed". The current scenario has changed. Technology has strongly come to the rescue of construction and design.
The return of a project in graphic form is streamlined and precise, due to the increasingly advanced software that the market offers: from the highly technical ones, such as Autocad and the like, to others of less technical use but very effective for visualization. And if a drawing done by hand, especially in pencil (remember, for example, the perfections of Leonardo's drawings, Michelangelo's and Bernini's) has an unparalleled charm, the works executed with software possess the prerogatives of immediacy and accessibility.
Even more than the designers, in fact, the technology comes to the rescue of the customers: anyone can view their home, their furniture, even before they are made, without having to make special efforts to transpose the technical design charts (plans, sections, elevations ) in three-dimensional version. The virtual project in 3D it demolishes the uncertainties of the result and anyone can have constructive comparisons with the designer, aimed at concerting personal needs with a concrete return from the artistic value. So what are the basic steps to take for the renovation of your apartment?
First of all you need to rely on a good architect (if the intervention is radical, that is to say completely renovate) or even a designer (if it is just furniture). A good professional by himself is able to guarantee a satisfactory result. We must avoid the "do it yourself", risking that set of errors that are commonly found in too many places: alterations of styles, distribution confusion, loss of useful space, coarseness of choices, etc. The profession of architect is the result of in-depth studies, commitments and comparisons in the field: all this cannot be improvised.
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Once you have chosen the professional you trust, you need to ask him to draw up a quote, with three-dimensional rendering service included. If a definitive agreement is reached on the cost of the service, a private contract must arise from the estimate, which guarantees the parties throughout the entire design and construction process. If the customer, before signing the contract, has doubts about the adequacy of the Costi, will be able to perform checks through the web.
There are numerous sites and blogs that deal with the subject. However, it must be borne in mind that today the professional market is not regulated in terms of costs: the rates are free, unlike in the past. However, there are some general indications that refer to the Ministerial Decree n. 140 of 2012, introduced in an attempt to regulate the matter in the event of a dispute and to rationalize a market that was becoming increasingly uneven. This factor, which translates into an evaluation element, reinforces the importance of the architect's choice. A good selection, destined not to betray one's expectations, is based mainly on the themes of professional trust and moral correctness.
After the stipulation of the contract, the client must express his needs and expectations in more detail to the designer, also through long comparisons on the premises to be restored. Using this logical procedure, the architect will then suggest a first distribution and furnishing idea. Here, right at the initial proposal stage, the now fundamental role of the 3D return tools takes over. Without going into the technical perfections of Autocad, Review by Autocad and Archicad (to be used in the final phase), there are useful software, very intuitive and fast, to be used beforehand to obtain good and realistic returns. This is the case of Sketchup, like that of SweetHome3D, to give some examples among the many.
The client intending to restructure will have the possibility to view not only the new distribution, but also the different possibilities of furnishing dependent on it or even the positioning of the furniture, possibly already in possession of the client, within the new designed environments. The ease of use of these tools also guarantees the transformation of the project in real time, ie during the comparison. The client can raise some observations and the designer can, for these reasons, show different solution hypotheses. Here, then, that concertation, through such instruments, becomes one of the most important steps in the design process.
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Another example of our service. This is a video simulation on how the renovation of an apartment would have resulted even before the renovation began. The video was made based on the client's instructions, the materials chosen and the new internal regulations. In this way, the result was certain even before the restructuring began.
Consider that, for example and for most of these software, with a simple click on a piece of furniture it is possible, by dragging, to move it to another position within the virtual environments. And it is also possible to perform the same operation for partitions or any other structural element. In fact, even any adaptation (for example, the elongation of a wall) is obtained through very simple rules and a few computer steps. It is also possible to generate simulations of the effects of day and night light: an important frontier, especially in the case of the contextual design of the lighting system. From a practical point of view, the lighting simulation is obtained by positioning the light sources in the chosen points and at the desired heights. These software are supplied with several virtual models: halogen, warm light, spotlight, chandelier, floor lamp, etc.
Another factor that can be treated and displayed using 3D software concerns the construction materials used to renovate. These three-dimensional restitution tools, in fact and among other things, are equipped with many varieties of materials (obviously in the virtual guise) and finishes. Thus, for example, different types of flooring can be examined and gradually associated with different colors for walls and ceilings. You can see brick and stone walls, but also in plasters with different workings. Particular design requirements may even call for the opportunity to import elements not supplied: from the finishes, to the furniture, to the types of stone masonry, to flooring, to light fixtures, etc.
It is also possible to set the latitude and longitude of the positioning of the property, so as to have the virtual returns of the actual natural light conditions. Then just select the desired month and time for a more in-depth examination of the overall lighting effects. The whole of the consultation phase (composed of the steps described above) can also be repeated several times, until the customer is completely satisfied. The use of the software described above is so immediate that it is within the reach of anyone with even limited computer and technological knowledge. However, we must not forget or underestimate the key role of the architect: he alone can and must guide the client towards the best choice, sometimes even avoiding compromises (through a correct illustration of the reasons) that could frustrate the result in terms of aesthetics and functionality. .
Having discussed and sanctioned the functional and aesthetic needs to be translated into a definitive form, the next phase requires the architect to proceed with the final graphics. In addition to the canonical plans, elevations and sections, the designer will have to produce - in compliance with the contract - the 3D renderings in their final form. At this point, the use of more sophisticated software tools takes over, namely the aforementioned Autocad, Autocad Review or Archicad. The use of these instruments, due to the complexities concerning also the relationships between software and technical / design knowledge, is not a collective heritage.
The relative refunds will be able, with an optimal use, to provide amazing results, perfectly corresponding to the implementation of the project. Following all this, the professional will take care of the bureaucratic phases (presentation of the project at the competent offices, etc.) and, subsequently, of the organization of the construction site and the realization of the work. The customer, having already clear in mind the result thanks to the virtual three-dimensional returns, will only have to wait with serenity.
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