FlOOR PLAN 3D RENDERING VS 2D CAD FlOOR PLANS — WHAT TO CHOOSE?

3D Floor Plan: Interior Rendering

Floor plan 3D rendering and 2D CAD floor plans are often viewed as competitors. Some Real Estate Agents have already adopted the first and claim that this is the best thing that happened to their sales since the advent of the Internet. Meanwhile, others say that floor plan renderings aren’t of much use when there are 2D CAD drawings, which have always been there and still seem to do the trick. So who’s right?

As a professional architectural visualization company, we’ve made quite a lot of CAD and 3D floor plans over 8 years, and know exactly what they are good for. Not sure what to choose? Then join us as we compare both solutions.

Benefits of 2D CAD Floor Plans

2D Floor Plan for a Property

#1. 2D Floor Plans Take Less Time

Drawings don’t involve as many complex operations as floor plan 3D rendering, such as 3D modeling, texturing or adding details. And since the 2D plan is only a schematic drawing of the premises with pictorial symbols of furniture and decor, it is way faster to make.

#2. 2D Floor Plans Are Affordable

The cost of a 2D plan with the furnishing depends on the turnaround time of a Drafter — much like it happens with 3D Artists. However, a floor plan 3D rendering needs more time and sometimes work of a few CGI Specialists. Meanwhile, a 2D CAD floor plan usually requires 1 Drafter only.

#3. 2D Plans Show the Strict Necessary

2D floor plans show the planning and a schematic furniture layout — and do it clearly and accurately. This way, laconic drawings allow clients to concentrate on the essential and don’t distract them by additional details.

Downsides of 2D CAD Plans

2D Plan of a Small Apartment

#1. Not Every Client Understands Drawings

To read this type of floor plan, one needs to know how to decipher engineering symbols and also have spatial thinking to imagine what it looks like in 3D. So to explain the drawing to a client and convince them that this looks good in real life, Realtor needs to put in much effort.

#2. There’s no Height in 2D

Without seeing the height, buyers can’t get the whole picture of the interior. They have to imagine the height of the ceiling and the scale of the glazing surface. In this case, the only way for a Real Estate Developer to establish mutual understanding is to provide photos of the dwelling.

#3. 2D Gives Clients no Emotions

Potential buyers expect their dwelling to be a mirror of their lifestyle. They want images as realistic as possible, so they can imagine living in there. So e