The home remodeling industry is a dynamic one: Trends change, and new products and materials appear at a dizzying pace. Technology, engineering, and design intersect in our industry in unique and exciting ways. For the designer, technology can inspire creativity; for clients, technology can help bring design concepts to life.
3D home design software has changed the way we design and remodel. Using Chief Architect allows designers to accurately convey their plans for a client’s home. Cabinets & Designs designer Bill Currier often sits with his clients in the conference room and projects his designs—using a wireless keyboard—onto the large television screen mounted on the wall, making changes while everyone is sitting together.
The ability to work in three dimensions, and in color, helps bring every design to life and facilitates communication between designer and client.
Notebooks (not the spiral kind) are also great tools for designers. Our designers frequently use them when on site. Even smartphones are getting into the game, with apps available that measure rooms, or choose paint colors.
And of course social media has been an incredible tool for home design and renovation. Whether you are a client, a designer, an architect, or a contractor, connecting has never been easier. Websites like Pinterest and Houzz allow home owners to hone their tastes; famous designers, contractors, and real estate agents share their expertise (and build their personal brands) through a combination of reality television and social media. As a result, it’s an exciting time to be part of the remodeling and design industries.