Designing your forever home may be a daunting task if you struggle to visualise 3D objects & spaces, so to help with this we’ve been embracing 3D house design software to help our clients out.
For the last 10+ years at Arcline we’ve been using various different tools to design in 3D. Firstly, we use ArchiCAD and Revit as our primary drafting software, both of which design the house as a 3D model. This allows us to work on the structure of the home and all the material components and fixings.
We can then export a basic 3D model into another software we use called Twinmotion. In simple terms, this is a basic gaming software, which we’ll explain below.
Using Twinmotion for 3D House Design
After importing our house models into Twinmotion, by using a simple interface we can add colors, textures, people, surrounding landscaping and other features to bring the house to life. We can then adjust seasons, sunlight, shadows and even weather (yes, we can make it rain or snow!) to bring the house to life.
House Design Using Virtual Reality
With most of our Team using ArchiCAD as the primary design software, we can export our models to what’s called a ‘BIMx’ model. BIMx then has an app which we ask our clients to install on their phones, and they can explore their home by using simple commands on their phone to navigate their way through their home design.
A cool feature of BIMx is the ability to slide your smartphone into the front of a set of VR goggles, allowing you to immerse yourself in your new home. Although there is a downside of this option, it has been known to give people motion sickness!
Most clients prefer to explore their home either on their smartphone or tablet just using hand gestures, giving better control of the app.