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The Anatomy of a 3D Rendering

luxury bathroom

Northridge Remodel Bathroom Rendering

Hi all! Well, here we are and June is already past and in continuation with the  “what the h*ck is going on this year” theme, it snowed 10 inches on our mountain pass this month. I’m getting a pretty good wrinkle in-between my eyebrows from all of the confusion 2020 has brought, but let’s keep moving forward and hope great advancements come from the unrest we’ve seen so far. Okrrrrr?

Luckily, as far as design goes, Redeux Decor has been plugging right along and we’ve got some great projects lined up for the remainder of the year. There’s always room for another though, so if you have a new build or large-scale remodel in the works……….hello! We can help. Especially, because you can visualize exactly what the end results will be with photo-real 3D renderings of your very own space!

3D rendering photo Northridge Remodel Kitchen Rendering

Although my job is to visualize a space and decide whether a concept will work or not, it’s understandable that some clients prefer the extra reassurance of seeing it laid out in photo form before any major changes occur in the home. (Pictures are worth a thousand “but what-ifs”?) In this post I’m going to explain the process from I have an idea for your space to the final revisions of the rendering and all the nuts and bolts in-between! 


 

STEP 1 – INFORMATION GATHERING

design board kitchen

First order of business is getting all the design specifications and floor plans to my Sketch-Up Pro. At this point the conceptual plan is already in place regarding layout and design and what look the client is hoping to achieve with their remodel or new build. The more information that I provide up front means less back and forth emailing and a quicker set of results. The 2D design boards that have been approved by the client are sent, along with dimensions and model numbers of any item going into the design. I don’t do the renderings myself but rather contract out to someone whose skill set is mind blowing and no, you can’t have her contact info. Wink wink.

The Before Shots


 
STEP 2 – FIRST DRAFT RENDERING
kitchen rendering draft

After everything is sent, from ceiling style and color to furniture selections, the floor plans and elevations are entered into the Sketch-Up program and the first draft of the room is created. This step is the most crucial because the vision is now in 3D form and revisions can easily be made, if necessary. For example, in this kitchen, I immediately knew that I didn’t like the solid slab backsplash going to the height of the vent hood. To me, it looked massive and demanding in the space so I had my Pro lower it and add a small shelf feature. Also, I decided to center the fridge on the cabinetry instead of install it to the far right. 


 
STEP 3 – SECOND DRAFT RENDERINGS

In the second draft rendering stage, there are still adjustments to make (raise the sconces, raise the hood to the ceiling, add sconces to the sink side shelves) but at this point, the design is in place. I give my Pro the word that we only have small tweaks left to do so with the meat of the work in place, it’s now her time to really work her magic. Light fixtures are incorporated and accessories are added to fill out the room. Once those are in place, I get the second draft revision. Here tis!

kitchen rendering 3D

My amazing Pro even sent a version with the slab splash going all the way to the hood just for comparison to show the client.

3D kitchen rendering

 
 
STEP 3 – FINAL DRAFT RENDERINGS

All tweaks are adjusted, lighting and shadowing is incorporated and voila’ the final revision! Wow, look at the quality! They don’t call them photo-real renderings for nothing. We are a looong way from the before shots of the kitchen!

kitchen 3D rendering

In case you’re wondering what the time frame for a project like this is, it generally takes two to two and a half weeks to get to the final revision stage. 

There you have it. If you have a remodel or a new build project in the works and are struggling with visualizing the end result, let us ease your mind with 3D renderings!

cheers,

Heather