Millennium Center Rendering

Millennium Center Rendering

Often I am asked to build existing buildings that surround a proposed structure. However, this is the first project that is an existing building. Unfortunately, I didn’t have drawing files, or anything other site photos and Google Maps, for that matter.

This architectural rendering started like most, which is modeling the mass and sending for client comments. My client and I worked back and forth until the building looked correct. Once I got the gray-scale mass model approved then came adding color, materials, and the environment.

From no construction drawings, or any drawings of any kind, to these images in several weeks was weeks of long days, and nights, but it got done on time and for budget; everyone was pleased!


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Latham House Rendering

Latham House Rendering

Often, I get emails, calls, or web chats about my pricing. The question usually looks like this, "what do you charge for an exterior rendering?" or "what do you charge for a kitchen rendering?" My reply is always the same, which is, "Each project is unique and I quote based on the size and complexity of your project, so I do not give generic pricing". A lot of the time I don't get a reply and sometimes people get a little hostile. Since the internet makes the world small, I believe many of these inquiries are from people wanting to break into the industry and they want to know what I charge.  If you see the standard pricing menu I would stop and think, will I get what I pay for and the answer will be, yes!

The Latham House rendering is a manufactured home with less than a 1000 sq floor plan. The house sits between a garage and a shed. I am sharing this because, there is no average project. From 1000 SF houses to 40,0000 SF houses, I do them all. Also, some of my smaller houses have more detail than some of my larger houses, so size isn't necessarily an indicator of cost. 


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63 Ponds Architectural Renderings

63 Ponds Architectural Renderings

Here is a beautiful home in upper state New York. It is always a pleasure to work with this client, although sometime interesting. I usually get a vague text, the architect steps in and out of the process, and the owner usually calls in a panic, needing something within an hour when I haven't heard from him in weeks. Hey, it keeps me on my toes.

Follow Up:

No joke, this project has been closed for about a month, archived and off my desk. I sent the client a link to the deliverable and left the files in the cloud until yesterday. After I wrote the original post, which was yesterday, I got a panic email from my client saying that he needs the images, he is in a meeting, and the link I sent doesn't work (he never accessed his files a month ago when I sent the link).

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Modern Masterpiece Renderings

Modern Masterpiece Renderings

Sometimes I drool over the European modern house renderings I see on sites like www.behance.net. Well, I got my chance and hopfully I did it justice.


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Main Street Minnesota Rendering

Main Street Minnesota Rendering

Over the past couple of decades, I have created architectural renderings for projects around the globe, on every continent and virtually every US state, however, only a handful for the state I currently reside in. Main Street Minnesota rendering was for a Twin City Minnesota Architect.

Often, I get emails or phone calls about rush projects and usually, I'll pass. There is usually a reason a project is rushed and it is due to poor planning, which usually extends to the architectural rendering. The Main Street Minnesota rendering was a rush project, I asked my pertinent questions, and I chose to take the project. All went well and the project was delivered on time.

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Wedding Venue Rendering

Wedding Venue Rendering

Another fun one that I wanted to share. My objective was to take a pretty basic building and make it romantic.  From the white flowered plants, to the flowery ground cover, I thing I accomplished my objective. Do you agree?


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Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

This was a great project that I think turned out well.  I am always impressed when the business owners reach out to me. From architects and designers to business owners and homeowners.

What is happening is, like most businesses, architects and designers find a way to create revenue. With most design software today, the architectural rendering is a by-product of the design drawings. So, it becomes something that the architects and designers can charge for, however, the quality, for the most part, isn't' really good. When the owner requests an architectural rendering, so they can do their marketing after the design is done, they find that the renderings will not suffice and that's where I come in. 

Having said that, I see another change happening. The architects and designers are starting to approach me again because they are finding out that they can't compete with their renderings if they do them in-house. Like anything, it takes a lot to get really good at something and to get a good rendering you need someone, like me, who specializes in it.

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Palma Plaza Renderings

Palma Plaza Renderings

Some project last longer than others, it is part of the business. I can do my best to schedule things, however, sometimes that schedule isn't' worth the paper it was written on. The Palma Plaza Renderings takes the award for the longest running project I have ever had in my 25 years in business. I didn't start the project until well after the project's deadline had passed; I was waiting on plans. Halfway through the project, I had to explain the process again and explain that if milestones are missed the deadline is in jeopardy. I always aim to avoid frustrations on all sides, including mine. If a milestone is missed I might have to reschedule things, and I don't like to do that, and sometimes, it could be weeks, and that would cause frustrations. I take milestones and deadlines seriously, and I do lose sleep over these things, even if the project is going smoothly.  Sometimes, if not more time than not, I am far more stressed about the project deadline than my client is. 

Anyway, here are the stills from the Palma Plaza project.

672 Steamboat Road Renderings

672 Steamboat Road Renderings

My family and I love watching Forensic Files. Did you see that they are doing new ones now? I was commissioned, by a legal team, to illustrate the proposed Steamboat Rd. house, which is under some kind of variance dispute. Okay, nobody died, but it is great knowing that I can help someone plead their legal case using one of my renderings.


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