Interior Decorator, Business Coach & Vlogger. Burlington, Ontario
3D Renderings for Interior Designers
How often do you hear clients say..."I can't visualize how my space will look if we take down those walls."
"I am a visual person & would love to see your ideas for our space."
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How often do you hear clients say…
“I can’t visualize how my space will look if we take down those walls.”
“I am a visual person & would love to see your ideas for our space.”
“It would be so helpful to understand exactly how our home is going to look before we undergo a renovation.”
Let me tell you, offering 3D Rendering Services has been THE BEST DECISION that I ever made in my business. Approximately one year in, I was introduced to Chief Architect and I never looked back!
That program –The Design Pro Version – changed my life! To be able to show clients the potential within their space, before they commit to a renovation or decorating project, has been a massive game changer.
Around 90% of my client projects involve rendering services. Whether it’s a full floor or basement redesign, one room or an entire home, we almost ALWAYS provide drawings & concept designs.
Now it’s true that not all the finishes shown are necessarily exactly what we are recommending, but it’s pretty damn close. If we are unable to show a specific design detail in a rendering, we will add a photo of a space with that idea to our power-point presentation. This way clients can clearly understand our intentions for their newly designed space. See a video here of our clients kitchen below.
Despite the tutorial videos on their website and a very helpful Facebook group called ‘Users of Chief Architect‘ where other users offer support and advice, there is no denying the fact that learning and creating these types of drawings can take a lot of time and patience. As a busy entrepreneur, both of those can be very hard to come by.
There are many other terrific 3D rendering software programs on the market, each with a different look and with their own pros and cons. My interior design student assistant uses Sketch Up. You can see from the drawing below that this has a different look to Chief Architect.
In my fabulous Facebook group Interior Design Business Strategies, exclusively for Designers; Decorators and Stagers, there are many members of my amazing tribe who offer e-design and space planning services to other designers.
In an effort to help and support others in our wonderful industry of interior design, (which is what I’m all about in case you didn’t already know!) below I am sharing some of these helpful designers resources and contact information.
Please note that I have never personally hired any of the design professionals listed below, nor can I testify to the quality of their services. I am not receiving any sort of affiliate or commission for sharing their details either. It is purely as a resource in case you are looking to outsource this service within your own interior design business.
Please do your due diligence in vetting perspective opportunities for work collaborations, just as you would with any sub contractor or trade. Additional services and pricing information can be obtained by contacting the designers via their websites, listed in each of their profiles.
Note: Prices listed as of the date of publishing this post, April 2018.
Starting price: Up to 300 sq.ft. Sketch Up rendered image with 1 revision $180. SketchUp and Podium rendered image $250. Panoramic rendered image $350. Drawing floor plan and Moodboard: $80 per image. All pricing is in USD.
Area of expertise: Residential; Kitchens/Baths; Concept only with Space Planning & Moodboards
Rendering Program: Chief Architect Interiors
Education/Certificate: Interior Design from University of Northern Iowa
Starting price: $100 USD per space, UP TO 4 standard rendered images. A-la-carte menu for photo-realistic images, panoramic images, mood boards, 2D floor plans, or additional standard rendered images over the 4 allotted images.
If you are looking to outsource this service, hopefully you can hook up with one of these interior design professionals. Collaborations like this can definitely be a win-win for everybody. Outsourcing tasks that you don’t have time for or that you simply don’t enjoy doing, is key to running a successful interior design business.
Comment below if you use a rendering program and let us know your favourite software. This is always a hot topic of conversation in our community, so please share this post with others who can benefit from learning more about these ‘To the Trade’ services.