Simply entering a house in the computer to show the people wishing to build, how their dream house would actually look like. This idea - as fascinating as it is - will only work if both aspects, EASY and QUICK can be taken literally.
As a selling pro, you certainly don't sit in front of the computer every day designing houses. Therefore, a software, whose operation you need to relearn each time you use it, won't work for you any better than "highly scientific" programs that only yield results after hours of work.
Unlike CAD, Vi Designer does not focus on complex designing, but on simple and easy-to-learn plaintext input. Vi Designer is based on specifications stored in the system. Those include the floor heights and ceiling thicknesses and the most common wall thicknesses, window and door sizes.
Therefore, you will start working with a system that is immediately fully operational. Of course you can adjust the individual values to your individual needs with a few clicks.
The visually appealing designs are a sales-relevant criterion for potential clients. There is nothing worse than offers by different companies that contain houses that vary in terms of quality, however look identical, because the companies use the same software. Vi Designer provides a number of ways to incorporate your corporate design by offering the option to integrate your logo, freely definable color profiles, individual "water color representation", own textures and cliché templates.
Creating the base structure of the house
By simply entering the length and width of the house, selecting the desired wall thickness and determining the number of floors, you will create the base structure of the house in less than a minute.
You will have automatically dimensioned floor plans of all stories, the dimensioned sections, all views and the 3D view of the building at your immediate disposal.
If you want to design a house with a non-rectangular base structure, you can resort to a variety of other shapes such as angular houses, 3- or 4-gabled houses, duplexes, semi-detached, double-detached or offset row houses, etc. Creating these house types only takes up an insignificantly longer amount of time.
In addition to the basement, the house can be designed with up to 5 floors (including the attic) and be up to 110 feet tall.
Dynamic component templates - complex building structures
Even complex building structures should be planned easily and quickly. With this ambition in mind, we developed wizards = dynamic component templates, which relieve you of this task.
Using the wizards is quite simple. Choose the desired item from the plaintext menu, for example a bay window or extensions. Then select the desired basic shape, for example, rectangular, enter the size and determine its position on the house. The dynamic component template then takes over the construction. You also define in the plain text menu, which floors are supposed to have the building component in question and you specify the desired roof shape and design. The dynamic component template (DCT) automatically checks whether the defined gable is structurally possible. Planning errors such as gables exceeding the length of the ridge are thus avoided.
The temporal advantage from using the component templates is obvious. Planning, e.g. an individual sunroom is limited to selecting the template and entering the corresponding measurements. The planning itself incl. the adaptation of the roof, creating the base plate and the segmentation of the glazing is taken over by component template. Therefore, the sunroom is planned in 1-2 minutes.
There are also dynamic building components for carports, marquees, corner coggings, loghouse and timber frame construction. Guided by the wizard, you will be able to perform the segmentation of a house within a very short time.
Due to our 30 years of experience, we have integrated a set of dynamic component templates in Vi Designer, with the ambition to automate more than 90% of the conventional building elements used for single-family homes. By repeatedly using the same dynamic component templates, you are capable of creating sophisticated plans easily, quickly and effectively.
Since dynamic component templates are planning automations, you can also change the basic house structure without any wizards. The easiest way to plan a completely customized ground plan shape using the function "projections and recesses" is effected by a plain text input of the desired dimensions. All you need is a few minutes. The ceilings will be automatically adjusted when you change the exterior walls, so you do not have to worry about them.
The roof structures also can be fully customized. Besides a variety of roof shapes and designs, the focus also lies on completing this task within a short period of time. Features such as the automatic roof calculation enable you to design complex roof landscapes within a couple of minutes. Side gables, shed roofs and dormers can be positioned as easily as dormers and Aufkofferungen.
From the very beginning, the house sellers themselves were relied on as skillful Vi Designer users. With only a few entries, interior walls, stairs and balconies are placed, building components are positioned and rooms are defined. To facilitate this, hot keys such as "E" for corner and "L" for the length can be used. 6 hotkeys serve to operate about 75% of the functions. This facilitates both the first steps, as well as working with the system in between longer time periods. The integration of standard Windows functions, such as "Ctrl + C" and "Ctrl + V" for copy and paste, facilitate the job even more.
In addition, the conventional sizes of the building components used in solid construction are already entered into the system for you, as are a wide range of stairs and chimneys, as well as a complete room design program. You can make changes and additions at any time.
Whether you create a design for potential clients, realize a design delivered by them or work with an existing architectural planning, modifying this plan is the rule and not the exception. This is why we have paid particular attention to quickness and ease of use.
If, for example, they intend to equip the planned window with bars or if the builder-owner is suddenly interested in outside blinds, sliding shutters or pilaster surrounds - all these changes will be implemented with a few clicks.
Remodeling all external walls of the house, for example due to the requirements of energy
Extending the house in direction of the roof ridge can be done in a minute. Walls and building elements can be moved with the mouse or shifted via measurement input and additional floors can be inserted.
Subsequent changes to the roof, e.g. roof pitch, knee wall, roof overhang, etc. are no challenge for you. The procedure is simple and transparent. The user is already familiar with the hot keys and the dimensioning is adjusted automatically here as well.
Creating an appealing presentation of the house within a very short time is ambition as well as reality with Vi Designer. Thanks to hundreds of templates, which you can combine and change arbitrarily, you will be able to create presentations in less than 5 minutes
Of course you can create designs that are a 100 percent customized. The 3D ground model allows you to plan complex property settings such as hillside situations within minutes.
This includes roads, paths, property boundaries, car parking spaces and the entire exterior design of the property with fences, trees, ponds and bushes. You can also insert real photos directly in the 3D view.
Whether a plant should protrude into the picture or a hedge optimizes the transition between ground and background - thanks to hundreds of included images, there are hardly any limits to designing. At the same time, the images provide your visualization a more natural appearance.
If you want to inspire your clients, simply take a picture of their building site and present their future dream house directly on their actual property. The effort is absolutely manageable and it certainly is another argument for you as the right partner for building.
Dozens of material combinations are available to find a matching plastering color for the roof covering. This way, a "classic" look - white plaster, red roof – turns into Mediterranean style with one click. Here, too, every detail can be defined individually. The templates "only" serve to quickly and effectively get the desired result.
Time-optimized planning is also paramount when furnishing the house. Complete furnishing sets, e.g. for kitchens, significantly reduce the time required for sampling. A kitchen can be fully furnished with one click and then easily adapted to the respective room layout.
The perfect presentation of the house is made possible by a variety of different representation options for floor plans and views in combination with extensive customization options. In addition, it is possible to display these representations in various image formats and resolutions optimized for both an online presentation, as well as for a construction sign printout.