Craftsmanship that brings the cloud to the building site
Craftsmanship delivers concrete results. Solid tools, robust materials and working up a good sweat on the job are what we immediately picture when we think of the work done by craftspeople. Digital visualizations and data clouds don’t really fit that image. But now, in the third decade of the 21st century, digital technology is well-established in specialist craft businesses – and by no means just in the accounts departments.
„Customers want to see how spaces will be divided and experience colours and lighting for themselves – and they love it when I can show them all of that so early on.”
Digital solutions are now a key part of the overall craft process, from initial measuring through to applying the finishing touches...
...and much more. In an ideal world, all these digital tools will communicate seamlessly with each other too and be accessible whenever and wherever you are. “As well as allowing us to showcase our projects, CAD software helps us prepare to implement them too: fitters, electricians, tilers and so on all work with the same reliable data and designs, which makes it easier to coordinate projects and avoids expensive misunderstandings. And ultimately, digital project documentation – which allows us to trace and account for all the work we’ve carried out, even from years ago – is part of our quality assurance”, says designer Gerti Strobel from Mundle GmbH. Her experience has shown that digital technology makes projects easier, cheaper and quicker to deliver while increasing precision and reliability, which results in a simple overall equation of higher-quality work at lower costs.
From a compact wet room to a fully accessible bathing and wellness area
At first glance, the outlook wasn’t promising: a small, narrow bathroom in a townhouse built in the 1930s which hadn’t had any major renovations since the 1950s.
The owners and residents wanted the bathroom to be a fully accessible space suitable for wheelchair users that would convey a sense of well-being and have the feel of a wellness spa, as well as allowing personal hygiene and grooming.
First, the wall separating the bathroom and the adjacent toilet was removed to make the bathroom bigger. The old gas heater had become superfluous after a modern central heating system was installed, and removing it created additional room for a spacious floor-level steam shower. Designed to be wheelchair accessible, the shower features a built-in seat and a shelf for shower products.
CAD software helps customers visualize the end result
It’s easier to win over customers when they have a better picture in their head of the final design, and the risk of misunderstandings is eliminated at an early stage. As Strobel confirms from her experience: “15 years go, high-quality hand drawings were still essential for me as a bathroom designer. But if customers wanted me to change things, they had to wait for me to produce new drawings – which was frustrating for both parties. Now I can create impressive, photo-realistic 3D visualizations, and if I need to make any adjustments, a few clicks is all it takes. That’s a win for everyone!”