Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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wherever because customers like that interaction stuff and prospects do too," Sperath notes. "They can see a whole kitchen project over an eight-week period by looking at the in-progress photos and then the completed photos. We strategically try to place that 360 camera in the same spot every time." From Kraus' perspective, he predicts AI tech- nologies, especially as they continue to be accepted into more and more households, may be key. "I think there's something there with the Siris, the Google [Home] and the Alexas that's going to be- come something—I don't know what it is [but] it's going to be hard to get away from that. I don't know if it's going to become a tool we use for communi- cation [or] if it's going to become a possibility of how we market," Kraus explains. "I think there's something that would be really cool about with- in the industry—whether it's some of the builder associations, NARI, things like that—connecting with some developers, trying to figure out and launching something that would be compelling. So much of this stuff is so gimmicky that it's got to become a useful tool, not just a flash in the pan of the moment." The notion of 3D printing playing a role in the construction space came up with several remod- elers, but it doesn't yet seem usable for the resi- dential remodeling realm. Dewey of Dreamstyle Remodeling, though, notes it may be starting on a smaller scale. "I've certainly heard some of our manufacturers exploring 3D printing for part replacement. They're talking about being able to even print a replacement part at a person's house if you go out for a service visit instead of ordering it. You'll be able to just go out to your truck and print the part. I think that is close," she says. "Virtual reality is another thing I've heard he hopes will be modified or become more cost effective for integration on the residential side. "Trimble, a well-known laser and measurement company, [has] some lasers used in commercial applications [where] they'll go in, set them up in the room and start scanning; and it can produce an architectural rendering of that space with di- mensions and measurements you can pull out and use in CAD or other programs. It captures every detail: crown, base mouldings, door locations, cas- ing sizes, everything. But it's still so expensive that it's not something we would want to invest in right now," he says. "I know other contractors are using photography like Matterport technology—some- times you'll see it in real estate—but it's a camera system that takes almost 3D images. You set it on a tripod in the middle of the room and it basically takes a picture of the whole room, then stitches all the rooms together so you can do a virtual tour of the house [that] you can rotate and spin. I know there's some contractors using that to capture as- builts. And they'll have the subcontractors come, and they'll sit down with them and blow it up on their computers and say, 'We're going to take all the paneling off in this room, take this crown down, this window comes out.' You can manipulate, move around and get a better view of it, which is less intrusive to the homeowner; but, again, not some- thing we've adopted yet." An area Blue Ribbon Construction is just start- ing to tap into is the use of 360-degree cameras, which Sperath believes will further help set his company apart from the competition. Initially purchased as something to experiment with, the team now uses the 360 cameras on jobsites, taking one 360 image weekly. "From a marketing stand- point, we can use that on Facebook, the website or Which Technologies Will Have Significant Impact on the Remodeling Process in the Next Five Years? (Top three selected) 14% 23% 13% 11% 6% 4% 5% 10% 7% 7% VIRTUAL REALITY AUGMENTED REALITY MOBILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLATFORMS ONLINE ORDERING/ AUTOMATED ORDERING FASTER AND MORE READILY AVAILABLE CUSTOMIZED FINISHES 3D PRINTING OR REPLACEMENT PARTS, ETC. DRONES CLOUD APPLICATIONS LEAD GENERATION VIA ALEXA, SIRI AND GOOGLE VOICE ONLINE CLIENT SALES MEETINGS In the next five years, survey respon- dents believe AR and VR, followed closely by mobile project manage- ment platforms and ordering, could have significant impact on remodeling processes. Design software, such as Chief Architect, has already started introducing AR and VR tools. 2019 Qualified Remodeler Remodel of the Future Survey QualifiedRemodeler.com February 2019 29

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