G.J.'s virtual tours take the stress out of the home design
Thursday, 7 December 2017 12:00 AM
New technology that allows people wanting to build a home to virtually walk through home designs and customise floor plans on screen is helping to ease the stress associated with building a new home.
G.J. Gardner Homes is the first in Australia to offer the innovative new Virtual Display Village experience.
With research by realestate.com.au revealing that stress (41%) and unexpected costs (52%) are the primary barriers to building a new home, the virtual display tours aim to streamline the design process and allow people to visualise what would be as close to the actual finish and build quality as possible.
Architect Peter Mannion from Synergy Designs, who designs all the G.J. Gardner Homes house plans, created the virtual home experience and said they would take home design planning to the next level, giving new home builders a 100 per cent understanding of the home’s design.
“Research showed 63% of people wished they could take a virtual tour of a home so we created an easy, efficient way to make that possible. Clients can take a virtual tour of 24 house design currently, and customise floor plans live on screen in real time,” Mr Mannion said. “It’s is a real game changer for new home builders, speeding up the planning process and giving them certainty about their design choices.
“Changing a home design mid project is the number one reason for budget variations so the fact our clients can now take a virtual tour of multiple house designs and customise floor plans live on screen before they commit will really help minimise this frustration.”
Lee Moore, G.J. Gardner Homes General Manager Australia New Zealand said on paper, it was often difficult to explain the benefits of a particular house design, but with this new technology, people could get a hyper realistic understanding of the full integrity of a home and how it flows from room to room to create a great living space.
“Clients can gain an understanding of why a house was designed a particular way and why certain features were added and importantly, it allows people to see the effect that modifying particular aspects of the design will have on the overall house.
“Planning is often the longest part of the building process so this new technology will help quicken the process for all involved. Changes to the home design is also the number one culprit of budget variations so the fact our clients can now take a virtual tour of multiple house designs and customise floor plans live on screen before they commit will really help minimise this frustration.”
The virtual tours are taken on 65inch smart boards and once the tour is finished, you can use a marker on the screen to modify the 3D floor plan. The technology also allows the experience to be shared remotely, so that two parties can mark up the floor plan at the same time from anywhere in the world.
“The tours are extremely realistic and people feel they are walking through a real home,” Mr Mannion said.
The new technology is the first product to be launched as part of G.J. Gardners’ Home.Lab series, which will focus on using the latest technology to facilitate transparent, immersive, and flexible interactions between clients and their builder.
The new technology will be rolled out nationally over the next three months.