The purchase price of a house in itself is a huge investment to make. But expenses don’t end there. Sometimes, we desperately need a makeover, and the home is no exception. Home remodeling is a big project to take on and it can either be a worthwhile undertaking or a very expensive lesson. A catastrophic project failure happens more than you think — it’s a frustrating thing to install the last few tiles only to find that sometime during the process, an error was made in the design and you end up settling for something that irritates you each time you look at it.
The same can happen during house building. You could set your foundation, have your electrical wiring installed by licensed electricians, and have your rooms built, only to find that some portions of your ceiling have to be angled in order to compensate for an error in measurement.
While there isn’t much you can do for those types of errors that have already been committed, there’s a lot that you can do to minimize the margin of error during the planning phase of your project. And now, with the help of modern technology, those errors could potentially be reduced to nil, all while you get a preview of the finished product so you can decide on each and every detail.
The technology that I’m referring to is virtual reality. See, the ability to visualize has never been so vivid prior to virtual reality. It’s as close as we can get to simulating the environment that we aim to build. And before you even attempt to write this innovation off as speculative, listen well, because it’s actually already here in the form of Holoroom from Lowe’s Innovation Labs.
Holoroom is a virtual reality experience that makes use of a headset and a controller that simulates the movement of the various tasks of home building, complete with haptic feedback. Primarily, it is a tool that’s used to teach builders how to properly perform tasks and it’s meant to be a better alternative to simply watching Youtube videos, something everybody seems to do.
Though the technology is still in its infancy, the core principles are on point. The ability to simulate the building process, as well as visualize the final output, is one that cannot be overemphasized, especially in an industry wherein so many errors can be committed during the home building and home remodeling phases.
Being able to see how things turn out in order to finalize the design is one that’s akin to not only being able to see into the future, but to also alter its outcome, and to me, that’s going to be far more efficient than winging things through a tedious and expensive trial-and-error process.
The best bit about this is that the technology can only get better. It’s one thing to be able to see a home through a virtual walkthrough and another to build one virtually.