Architecture has always been considered the queen of the arts. For this reason, the architect (who works to restructure or to plan from scratch) has a challenging role in the art scene, being the one who is called to generate and transpose an innovative idea of space into shape. And it is not the translation into design 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, for training and practice, an enormous ease in visualizing the design - the first visual design result - in completed space, that is in its potential concretization. Heritage of knowledge and skill that often does not belong to the citizen.
This circumstance has led designers, over the centuries, to manually create three-dimensional simulations, in the form of axonometries and perspectives, requiring enormous time commitment. But this was only possible for certain categories of customers, able to guarantee that extra expense to see their order "displayed". The current scenario has changed. Technology has 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 we must rely on a good architect (if the intervention is radical, that is to say, completely restructure) or even a designer (if it is just furniture). A good professional in itself is able to guarantee a satisfactory result. You have to avoid the "do it yourself", risking that set of errors that are commonly found in too many places: alterations of styles, distributive confusion, loss of useful spaces, 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 the trusted professional has been chosen, it is necessary to ask him to develop a quote, with included three-dimensional rendering service. If a definitive agreement is reached on the cost of the service, a private contract must arise from the quote, which guarantees the parties throughout the entire design and construction process. If the customer, before signing the contract, has doubts about the consistency of the Costi, will be able to perform checks through the web.
There are numerous sites and blogs that cover the topic. However, we must keep 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 referring to Ministerial Decree n. 140 of the 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 element of evaluation, reinforces the importance of the architect's choice. A good selection, destined not to betray one's expectations, is based primarily 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 furnishing object 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 masonry walls or any other structural element. Indeed, even the eventual adaptation (for example, the lengthening 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 at the desired points and desired heights. These software are supplied with various virtual models: halogen, warm light, lighthouse, chandelier, floor lamp, etc.
Another factor that can be treated and visualized through 3D software concerns the construction materials used to restructure. These three-dimensional restitution tools, in fact and among other things, are supplied with many varieties of materials (obviously in virtual form) and finishes. Thus, for example, it is possible to examine different types of flooring and gradually associate different colors for walls and ceiling. You can view brick and stone walls, but also plaster with different processes. Particular design requirements can even recall the opportunity of importing non-supplied items: from the finishes, to the furniture, to the types of stone walls to the floors, to the illuminated bodies, etc.
Furthermore it is possible to set the latitude and longitude of the positioning of the building, so as to have the virtual returns of the actual conditions of natural light. Then select the desired month and time for a more detailed examination of the overall lighting effects. The set of concertation 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 limited computer and technological knowledge. However, we must not forget or underestimate the key role of the architect: these alone can and must guide the client towards the best choice, sometimes even avoiding compromises (through a correct illustration of the motivations) that could frustrate the result in terms of aesthetics and functionality .
After discussing and sanctioning the functional and aesthetic needs to be translated into a definitive form, the next step is for the architect to proceed to the final graphic. In addition to the canonical plans, elevations and sections, the designer must produce - in compliance with the contract - the 3D renderings in the final version. At this point, the use of more sophisticated software tools, namely the aforementioned Autocad, Review by Autocad or Archicad, takes over. The use of these instruments, due to the complexities concerning also the relations between software and technical / design knowledge, is not a collective heritage.
The relative returns can, with optimal use, provide astonishing results, perfectly responding 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 site and the construction of the work. The client, having already clear in his mind the result thanks to the three-dimensional virtual returns, will only have to wait with serenity.
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