Revolutionizing Home Renovations with Virtual Reality

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Written By Luca Booth

Luca Booth is a pioneering voice in the intersection of technology and spatial design, and the lead author at VPR Matrix. With a background in architectural design and a passion for the latest in virtual reality innovations, Luca brings a unique perspective to the world of VR architectural design.

Virtual reality (VR) technology has transformed the way architects, designers, and homeowners approach renovation projects. By creating immersive 3D visualizations of renovation plans, VR technology is revolutionizing the home renovation process. Homeowners can now visualize their renovation plans more accurately before starting the work, avoiding costly mistakes in the long run. VR has become an essential tool for architects, designers, and homeowners who want to transform the home renovation process. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using VR in home renovation projects, the emerging virtual reality tools for architects and designers, and how architects, designers, and homeowners can collaborate more effectively to transform the home renovation process.

How Virtual Reality is Transforming Home Renovations

One example of how VR is transforming home renovations can be seen in the BBC property show, Watch This Space, where couples use 360-degree renderings of their renovated homes to explore two architect’s plans before beginning their renovation projects. Similarly, a Canadian company called Cadsoft provides homeowners the ability to create virtual models of their renovation projects based on floor plans and specifications, which can then be viewed in a 3D or VR format.

VR technology is also helping architects and designers to collaborate more effectively with clients, resulting in cost savings and increased client satisfaction. VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift S, the HTC Vive Pro, and the HP Reverb G2 have become popular headsets for design collaboration. The HTC Vive Cosmos is another popular headset that offers inside-out tracking and high-quality displays, making it an excellent collaboration tool for immersive design. These VR headsets offer team layout, which helps designers to identify issues before they become costly problems. They also have passthrough mode which eliminates the need for users to take off the headset during presentations. By doing so, architects can collaborate with their clients more effectively in real-time.

Virtual reality formats such as OBJ format and FBX format provide an easy way to import and export 3D models, making it simple for architects and designers to collaborate with one another. VR headsets have desktop mode, making it easy for architects to use their computers for design collaboration. Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive Pro have screensharing feature to facilitate collaboration by allowing other team members to view what is being seen in the VR headset. VR room-scale tracking provides accurate measurements, allowing designers to make informed decisions about the square foot, specifications, and materials they want to incorporate into their design.

In the next section, we will explore the benefits of using VR in home renovation projects

Benefits of Using VR in Renovation Projects

Using VR in home renovation projects has numerous benefits. One of the most significant benefits is that it allows homeowners to visualize plans more accurately, enabling them to make informed decisions about their projects and avoid costly mistakes. VR can help homeowners to see renovation projects in 3D and virtual models, allowing them to see all the angles and design selections before they start the renovation project. By doing so, homeowners can make changes that will save time and money, allowing them to get the home of their dreams without breaking the bank.

VR technology is also helping architects and designers collaborate more effectively with clients, resulting in increased client satisfaction and more efficient renovation processes. Architects and designers can use VR to show clients different designs and layouts so that they can understand what the end result will look like before starting the project. Clients can give feedback and ask for changes, allowing the architect and designer to make adjustments at an early stage. By doing so, everyone is on the same page, resulting in a more collaborative and effective process that saves time and money.

In addition, VR technology offers a high level of digital design collaboration. Architects and designers can share their designs with others in real-time, collaborating without having to be in the same room. Online platforms such as Sketchfab allow architects and designers to share their virtual designs with clients easily. The Meta’s avatar system provides additional interactivity, allowing architects and designers to design immersive virtual models that provide a real sense of the end result.

Emerging Virtual Reality Tools for Architects and Designers

As virtual reality technology continues to advance, new tools are emerging for architects and designers. For example, Live Home 3D is a virtual reality home design app that allows the creation of virtual models of interior and home projects on multiple devices. This app is an excellent option for homeowners who want to create their designs for their renovation projects. Arkio is another versatile VR tool for architecture and design that allows for the collaborative design of rooms, buildings, and entire cities. The VR app supports importing and exporting 3D models, incorporating Meta’s avatar system for additional interactivity and provides the possibility for immersive remote collaboration.

The Pico Neo 3 Pro is another popular standalone headset that offers a great balance between budget and performance. With a 4k display and inside-out tracking, this headset is perfect for architects and designers who want a more budget-friendly option than the higher-end VR headsets. The Valve Index is yet another popular headset that offers high-end specs and performance. This headset has a high resolution and refresh rate, making it great for architects and designers who want a high-quality VR experience.


In conclusion, virtual reality technology is revolutionizing the home renovation process, creating new opportunities for architects, designers, and homeowners to collaborate more effectively. As virtual reality technology continues to advance, we can expect more innovative tools and applications to emerge, further transforming the way we approach renovation projects. With the benefits of VR for home renovation projects including cost savings, visualizations, and high levels of digital design collaboration, it’s clear that VR technology has an untold story in the world of home renovations. The future of the home renovation process is virtual, and it is already here!