Using BIM for your house design

This post was written by Richard Huntley

BIM technology is an innovative way to revolutionize the AEC industry. Its advanced capabilities and integrative design process facilitate a more dynamic workflow, which has helped shape buildings for decades in new, innovative and cost-effective ways.

But BIM can not only used for large-scale commercial projects. It can also be applied to residential construction with big benefits. In this article we’ll look at some of the benefits of utilising BIM for your next residential project.


BIM applications are a great way to understand the materials your project will take in order to build. By using intelligent models that have full 3D geometry, it is possible for these apps can estimate the quantities of each material needed and create an accurate bill of materials along with easy substitution options.

Thus, BIM is a powerful tool for any contractor. It can help save money, generate product schedules to ensure that you know the right amount and kind of resources required at all times, and its 3D capabilities allow potential conflicts  to be seen more easily.


BIM allows for project participants to easily access and understand the information, ensuring that no one is in doubt about their duties or responsibilities on a given construction site. 

The use of BIM software has helped make sure everyone involved with every aspect of a job knows how they should be working during all phases from design to execution.


With technology advancing, 2D views are becoming outdated. Nobody wants to get a room rendered in flat images and not see the full scope of what it would be like for them to live there now that they’re used to seeing so much more on their screens every day.

Luckily you can have 3D renderings generated with BIM tools which will still give someone an idea about how things look without having all those limitations.

What’s more VR enables clients to experience their new home before it’s built, so they you can fully immerse your client by giving them an accurate idea about what they will be living with through 3D models that resemble reality as much as possible. Allowing them to adjust the design in real time.


The collaborative one document approach of BIM allows multiple suppliers and contractors to work from the save ever changing set of plans. This drastically reduces the time especially if major adjustments are made to the plans, no need to redraw plans and distribute to your contractors. 

Environmental Impact

You’re also able to attribute energy consumption information to the model and understand a variety of factors such as heat gain, ventilation, and energy efficiency.

Additionally, you can use BIM to identify the most efficient ways of lighting your home. You can also combine it with energy analysis so that only sustainable methods are used when constructing and maintaining a house or office space.

Here at MultiCAD, we have been providing CAD & BIM modeling services for over 22 years, delivering BIM level 2 and beyond using Autodesk Revit, which is a multidirectional, database-controlled program (including layouts, elevations, schedules or the 3D model itself).

If you’re interested in a quotation for our Building Information Modelling services, or if you have any questions you’d like answering, then please feel free to drop us a message using the contact form below! Alternatively, if you’d prefer to discuss it over the phone, you can give us a call on 01322 226 162.

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