August 10th, 2017

The Client Checklist: This is a series that is dedicated to assist clients that are interested in utilizing 3D visualization services to save time and money. The topics covered will help manage expectations while enabling agencies to assist you as effectively as possible.

Whether it be your first time working with an agency or you’re a seasoned veteran of the architectural rendering world, developing your vision can be a difficult task. This guide will give you a general snapshot of what an agency needs to get started on a project. This should not stop you from reaching out if you lack some of these elements, an agency is able to provide assistance and their expertise to guide you through this process.

Before we get started, the main caveat is that the following tips are a generalization of an average project. 3D visualization is an intimate, case by case ordeal, which can have more dynamic components then in the following list. In an ideal world by reading this, you get an idea of how to assist your agency effectively get your project completed.

Let’s explore the preliminary stage of the rendering process.

Gathering Project Files

This is the preliminary stage of the project, where you prepare the blueprint of your vision. The one with the best understanding of the project is you, so for any agency to bring your vision to life it’s important to provide all relevant information.

Architectural plans

These are the plans that are provided by developer/architect. They show the building’s structure and specifications.

Floorplans and Elevations

Floorplans and elevations serve the same purpose but accomplish different things. Floorplans provide a top down view of the room or a “horizontal” blueprint. This gives the dimension of the residence and also shows where things such as walls, doors, and stairs should be placed.

Elevations provide a “vertical” blueprint. This is a representation of the height of integral components of your building. This can show where on the wall a window will be placed or how high a cupboard will be.

Site and Landscaping

Site and landscaping are both exclusive to exterior renderings. Site show the specifications of the surrounding area of the building within the property lines. This aspect usually focuses on the functionality. A few examples of things that are included; location of parking lot access, visualization of proximity to a transit system, and location of the entrance in conjunction to a specific street. Landscaping is more about the cosmetic aspects of the rendering. Things such as the vegetation and props and (ex. Streetlights, hanging lights from building, garden lights) lights should be specified here.

Design Specifications

These are components of the development that are generally created by the interior designer. They show the micro design elements that are chosen to give the building and it’s interior spaces, its style.


Materials are all the elements that make up the basis of the design component of the rendering. When you are composing your list here are some example questions that should be answered. What material makes up the exterior of building? Is my floor tile? Hardwood? Carpet? What marble will I use in the bathroom? Try to give the agency a good idea of what you envision the materials to be. By doing this, the agency can give you a result that best fits your needs. If things end up looking different from your concepts there is flexibility to make adjustments.


When considering the layout, think mainly furniture. This applies for both interior and exterior renderings.


Accessories are often overlooked but can really bring your renderings to life. These include objects such as candles, towels, and kitchen equipment. All the details that makes it look like someone is living there. More appealing to people. Different accessories make it appealing to different people

Once you have compiled all of these elements, send it to your point of contact within the agency that you are collaborating with. This is best way to get a project started but it’s understandable that questions will arise. This as a guideline to help bring as much success to your project as possible but it remains that questions will arise. Clarifying with the agency, is the most effective means to ensure a seamless start to your project.