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3d Clay Architectural Rendering Service


Everyone wants a happy client. And whether you’re designing their dream home or the new college campus, that means you need to be on the same page.

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Oh… That’s Not How I Thought It Would Look.

The words you never want to hear. No one wants trouble when the 2D plan set turns into wood and steel in the real world. Unfortunately, this is often when miscommunication becomes evident. Suddenly the roofline isn’t quite what they had pictured, or they aren’t sure if those are the perfect windows….the list goes on. And it’s not just disappointment. Now we’re at a point where changes involve significant time and expense, and no one wants that. A clay architecture model eliminates a whole lot of those problems.

We’ll Do the Translation With a 3D Clay Model

Plans are great, but we are visual creatures. It’s tough to beat a picture. You send us the plans (or even sketches you have in mind) and we’ll show you a clean and crisp 3D clay model of the building.  You get a sneak-peek without the distraction of finishes. The design is all you see, and it’s suddenly crystal clear if your client is happy with it.


Cardboard Models

Some people call them cardboard renders. This language comes from the same place as the phrase clay rendering. Both of them are digital representations of what architects used to create physically to communicate form and function to their clients early in the design phase.

The bottom line is that these are the best way to focus on the design without getting distracted by colors or other details. Once we show the exterior brick or the colorful backsplash it becomes impossible to ignore if the shade isn’t your favorite. At this stage, we’re not ready for that yet. Right now we want to make sure you love the look, the flow is perfect, and no details have been missed. Through our clay model for architecture we’ll get to those details soon enough!

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Early Stage or Final Review

A clay home exterior rendering is a cost-effective way to communicate the basic structure while you’re still in the design phase. They are faster for our team to create than photoreal renderings, and changes manipulated digitally at this stage end up saving you money and frustration in the long run. Some of our clients actually don’t go any farther than to get architectural clay render because it answers all the questions that need to be resolved.

Adding Polish

But for those who want to add materials to the building, we’ve already done the base work! It is not uncommon to take a breath after we submit clay renders. Architects and their clients can sit on the design a bit to absorb it, and perhaps come back with some adjustments. Or – it’s also quite common that they come back immediately and say, “it’s perfect!”

It’s Part of the Deal

Whether you’re looking for a clay rendering or not, you’ll likely get one from us. Even if your design is set in stone, it’s a great way for us to show you our progress. This is your opportunity to make sure we are showing everything correctly before we add colors, textures, props, landscape, etc.

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Get a 3D Clay Architectural Rendering

When you need to make sure you’re speaking the same language as your client, you need to show them your design in 3D. Call or email for a free consultation. We can help!

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