Joe W Sandee In Back

Model under construction

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.

Joes Hands On Model

Finishing touches

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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