The advent of virtual reality (VR) technology developments have caused change across a number of industries, including the design+build of custom homes. As the next step up from 3D modeling, it places designers, architects, builders, and clients within a digital environment, making it easier to confirm designs, identify potential problems and rectify them before construction.
VR offers the most realistic approach to view house plans and the overall design of a home before it has been completed. This allows clients to get a sense of how their home will look and feel in the early stages of the construction process. Integrating technology like this has many benefits within the building industry. Here are just a few of the ways this type of technology could affect how you build your home.
1. Improved user experience
Transforming house plans into a virtual reality video means a client can develop a strong understanding of how they’ll interact with their new home before construction begins. When given a chance to walk through their designs, clients may change their minds about dimensions, deeming the current rooms too big or too small. They can also finalize colors, finishes, and fixtures.
It can also inform the design team of the same considerations, giving them a clearer understanding of how residents will use each room. It allows them to consider ventilation, light sources, and smaller details, like where power sockets should be and where furniture could sit.
2. Streamlined processes
Virtual reality technology allows for a simplified building journey. By making plans and drawings easier to showcase and present, it eliminates the potential for miscommunication between all involved. It ensures that every party has a clear understanding of the materials to be used and the specific design elements. This, by proxy, improves the accuracy of the project and can save time and money.
3. Safer workplace
Every workplace has its risks, and a custom home building site is no different. Virtual reality’s ability to improve safety on a project is twofold. Firstly, it offers an opportunity for tradespeople and sub-contractors to improve their skills and knowledge, simulating training situations.
Secondly, virtual reality programs allow project managers to identify any potential safety issues and rectify these before they arise in the construction process. This means a safer project for all involved and a higher chance of finishing on time and within your specific budget.