A 3D elevation is a three-dimensional representation of a two-dimensional elevation found in an architectural drawing. Real estate professionals improve the 3D designs and showcase the photorealistic renderings to their potential buyers. While the most common type of 3D elevation is the front, rear elevations are used to showcase the exterior pool. East and west elevations are not as typical, but are usually done on bigger custom homes.
Do you need a 3D Elevation? Benefits and Drawbacks
Viewed at pedestrian level, 3D elevations are different from other renderings because we only develop one side of the 3D model. This decreases the costs and makes the project process faster.
The biggest advantage is the time and costs you will save prior to construction. Developing a virtual home costs a fraction of what it would take to modify the physical home’s structure, colors and vegetation layout.
The main drawback is the level of depth in the rendering. While the first multifamily rendering shows the front façade well, the right shows us there are two 3D buildings along with proper depth of the site map elements.
3D elevation versus a typical 2-sided 3D rendering.
What else is needed?
Along with the CAD / PDF elevations and floor plans, other visualization elements usually needed are the landscape plans, site plan, and building colors. These elements are needed midway through the project but make our process faster if we receive them in the beginning.
Popular Types of 3D Elevations
Over the years, most 3D elevations are created for single-family, multi-family, and custom homes. Below are commercial & residential visualizations projects done in both daytime and evening. The last two residential images show a 3D roof overlaying an existing photo. For more information, explore the interactive roof visualizer and what the client chose.