3-D Tools to Help Visualize a Master Bath Remodel

The clients want to find better use for the vast expanse of space in this large bathroom. 3-D models and color renderings will help them envision the options

October 15, 2015
3-D tools to help visualize a bathroom remodel

Our subject this month is a master bathroom. And oh what a bathroom it is! The existing bath has a separate tub and shower, an enclosed toilet area, two large vanities, and what feels like acres of floor space. We believe that all of our clients understand three-dimensional views much better than two-dimensional plans and elevations. As a result, we work hard to supplement preliminary plans with 3-D models of the spaces we design. This month I’ll show you examples of what we typically present to clients. 

Too Much Space

At the top of the client’s wish list: Find a good use for all of the extra space. But the existing bathroom has other, less-than-ideal, features to consider as well. The bathroom is two risers down from the bedroom. While this adds ceiling height, it’s also something of a nuisance. Another issue is that users must climb three risers to step into the tub. This looks grand but feels awkward, and you have to go through the bathroom to get to the closets—an option that some people like but others don’t.

 

Modeling the Remodel

Once we have some ideas down on paper, we take them to our designer to make them shine. She’s a genius with finishes and 3-D renderings. The models at right show a few of our big-picture design concepts for this bathroom.

We removed the throne-like tub and with it the three steps needed to reach it, but the client wasn’t concerned about the steps down into the bathroom itself, so they remain in all options. However, we are looking for a more graceful way to incorporate them. One option (A) replaces the existing railing and newels with extended countertops on either side of the door.

We also tried to find a way to access closet space without requiring walking through the bathroom. One early idea was to incorporate interior closet doors into the entry (B).

 

OPTION A

OPTION B

 

Four-Way Split

This option reorganizes the space. The step down on either side of the tub divides the extra space in half, left and right, which provides more direct access to the closets.

The monolithic wall beyond the steps divides the space crosswise. This creates privacy from the entry and directs attention at the tub to the large window and the fireplace. It also cleans up the window wall and brings the vanities and sinks together.

 

Finishing Touches

Talk about building excitement! How can any client say no after seeing these images? The 3-D renderings convey the design intent and “feel” of the space in a way that plans and elevations just can’t match.

I’m curious: How do your presentations stack up? How long do they take to create? When you’re competing against another company for a project, are your drawings helping you make the sale?

Want to know more about the software used to create these renderings or to show me some of your own 3-D images? Send me an email at bmillholland@casedesign.com.

And read my follow-up article, "Software for Visual Presentation," where I reveal how we create our 3-D renderings at Case Design/Remodeling.

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Bill Millholland is an executive vice president at Case Design/Remodeling, in Bethesda, Md. 

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What is the name of the software you used
for this?

What software did you use for this very nice drawing and design?

We use several different applications but these images were modeled in SketchUp and then rendered in Twilight. http://twilightrender.com/

I am amazed at how quickly clients have come to expect 3D images. It’s a lot of work, but we find it does 2 things: it gets clients excited about the project and 3D helps them understand what they are “buying” much better than 2D plans and elevations.

I am amazed at how quickly clients have come to expect 3D images. It’s a lot of work, but we find it does 2 things: it gets clients excited about the project and 3D helps them understand what they are “buying” much better than 2D plans and elevations.

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