Interior designing was a tough task until a decade or so ago. Interior designers all over the world, including those in West Midlands, had no option apart from manually measuring the interior space of homes and shops, figure out the layout of furniture, power cables, and other details and pass on this information to drafters to create a skeleton design. Artists specialising in interior decoration then used this draft to create the elevation of the room and include scaled down images of furniture, drapes etc. If the client did not like the design, it was back to square one. The entire process had to be repeated time and over again, a time consuming procedure, until the client was satisfied. Apart from this, west midlands shopfitters also had to include lighting schemes in their design. This would show the client how the room would look in natural light and in artificial light.
The emergence of 3D software
The emergence of 3D software like Autocad and 3D Studio Max reduced the workload on drafters and designers alike. Modern generation drafters create the skeleton (technically knows as wireframe) of the room's, including the furniture and light fittings along with their placement in the interior of shops using sophisticated programs like Autocad. They then pass on the data generated by it to designers who feed it into rendering software like 3D Studio Max to create elevations, add texture to furniture outlines, add illumination along with shadows, and much more. They team leader shows this rendered version to the client.
If the client is not satisfied with any aspect of the design, the team leader changes that particular region on his laptop in a couple of minutes, and shows it to the client. The biggest advantage of using these programs is that they allow alterations and modifications in the design within a few minutes. It allows the designer to move furniture and other elements of the shop from one region to another effortlessly. The designer makes final alterations in front of the client so that he she can see an exact visualisation of the final project before the construction work commences. The rendering program employs a degree of artificial intelligence to show the illumination of the room in natural and artificial light. The lighting aspect is extremely important in case of jewellery shops, where illumination plays a huge role.
The walkthrough process
If required, the West Midlands shopfitters can also generate a virtual walkthrough of the store by clipping various parts of the 3D software generated images, merge video shots of the shop, and stitch them together using a different program. This is particularly useful for agents who can store the output on their laptops to show a virtual walkthrough of the store to prospective clients. This presentation allows the client to see the shop from different angles. He can see the ceiling, the flooring, the furniture, and lighting from different angles. More often than not, such a presentation grabs the imagination of the client and results in a sale.