There is always an air of excitement around the office as a model is nearing completion. To me, they are our best representation of a new home or addition, short of a full-scale construction project. We have tried photo realistic renderings, computer modeling, and a simulated walk through, to name a few. None are as helpful to our clients and us as a physical scale model. (They are a lot more fun, too.)
Depending on the scale of the model, we either use foam core board or a thinner art board for the walls and roof. We then apply our architectural drawings to the 3D model (held together with straight pins) creating a perfect scale model of the finished project.
Since many of our clients insist on taking our models home, (and since I can’t throw anything away) we have a huge collection of models of early designs and existing conditions. They come in handy when we need to entertain little aspiring architects.