Kitchen Planning: Using 3D Models to Audition Materials
One of the great things about 3D computer modeling is the ability to “try out” different materials in the same layout. For a kitchen we’re working on in the Lower Haight, we used this methodology to determine what backsplash tile would work best: subway or faux cement porcelain tile? As great as it is to be able to touch and feel the actual material, sometimes clients have a hard time visualizing how those materials translate to the space in question. The image above shows a standard white subway tile with contrast grout. And the image below shows the same kitchen perspective using the faux cement tile and different pendant lights:
Or how about trying on different cabinet colors in the same space? For a kitchen in Foster City, the client wanted to see the difference between a mix of walnut and paint grade cabinets in two different paint colors, white or turquoise:
Generally, we tend to recommend using 3D models as the “tiebreaker” between two different materials or finishes so clients can feel confident the selections we’ve made for them are good choices, as opposed to using them as a starting point for layout and overall design. We find this is a more efficient way to confirm the direction right before we’re ready to execute the construction.
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