Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 7

GAME
CHANGER

VR technology helps homeowners and
contractors visualize hardscaping.
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BY JOE RABOINE

Even for the savviest homeowners, hardscaping can be
a tough sell. A large project often requires wholly reimagining
a beloved outdoor space. Who knows how a well-cultivated
backyard might look after a fire pit is placed in the middle of
it? Will that paver driveway really match the house color?
These can be tough questions to answer no matter how
many hand-sketches or renderings a homeowner sees. That's
where virtual reality (VR) technology comes in. Far from a
novelty, VR is quickly becoming a game-changing tool for
contractors, salespeople and homeowners. Its immersive,
real-world perspectives put hardscaping in context, giving
owners a realistic preview of how certain new features will
appear on their property.
VR offers a welcome change to doing business. Contractors are seeing happier customers, which translates into
higher sales closure rates. A well-executed VR rendering
will allow consumers to see how amenities such as retaining
walls, pavers, fire features and kitchens will appear outside
their homes.
That's the core difference between this solution and a
3-D rendering you might see on a home renovation television show. Although those offer increasingly realistic peeks
inside and outside houses, a VR rendering for a hardscape
project will place a homeowner directly in the outdoor
space (as apposed to presenting aerial views), allowing for
a 360-degree experience.
There's a world of difference between seeing how hardscaping looks in a generic, anonymous home versus how it
looks inside one's own backyard or driveway. A good VR preview isn't static, either. Homeowners can see smoke wafting
from a fireplace or lake water twinkling in the background,
which will add to the sense of immediacy and realism.
While VR isn't perfect, it's a powerful tool for hardscape
design and it's here to stay. Just like renderings and videos,
VR minimizes the issues that might arise if homeowners
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