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Not long ago, building a home was a fairly low-tech process involving blueprints, hammers, nails and lumber. But augmented reality construction could become a reality in residential home building soon.

It’s not difficult to see how augmented reality — technology which lets you superimpose a digital image over a real-world view — could make home construction better, faster and more efficient. In fact, it’s already starting to be used in commercial construction.

How will augmented reality find its way into home building, and how will it benefit you, the homeowner? Here are some ways we think it will happen:

Augmented reality will help homeowners visualize their new homes

If you ever watch television programs like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” you’ve already seen the potential of augmented reality. When the designers look at the homes the clients are considering, they’ll show them their vision by digitally superimposing the new design over a photo of the existing house.

While this is likely TV magic, the same basic idea is already in use. Some manufacturers offer mobile apps that let you visualize what your current home will look like with new siding, windows, or paint.

It may not be long before home builders and remodelers are offering similar technology to help you envision what a remodeling project — or even an entirely new home — will look like.

Augmented reality will make estimating more accurate

Another area where augmented reality will enhance the home construction business is estimating.

By visualizing the job and making changes and adjustments digitally, builders and subcontractors will be able to get a more accurate view of the work that needs to be done. This will mean that estimates will be able to be done more quickly.

More importantly, estimates will be more accurate because the need to order “extra” material will be reduced.

Augmented reality will make installation faster and better

Imagine being a subcontractor tasked with installing wiring, rough plumbing, or even tile. Typically, you would refer to a printed plan and work order to determine where and how much material to install.

Now imagine just “seeing” where the products need to be installed.

In commercial construction, some installers can see where products need to go simply by holding up a tablet or smartphone to the area where they’re working. This all but eliminates mistakes, and the added cost of redoing work.

We can easily see this capability being applied in residential construction.

Augmented reality will simplify repairs and remodeling

As helpful as augmented reality can be in installation, it might be even more powerful in repairs and remodeling. That’s because it can allow contractors to see things behind the walls that they can’t with the naked eye.

When integrated with a home’s digital construction plan, an augmented reality tool could let contractors see where wiring and plumbing is installed, and easily identify load-bearing walls and members. It could even help them visualize potential damage from water or pests.

This could take some of the unknowns out of the remodeling or repair process, and make it much faster.

Augmented reality is fast becoming an actual reality in the commercial construction business, and in our opinion it won’t be long before it’s common in residential construction.

As a result, you will benefit from a faster, more efficient construction process, and more accurate estimates, both of which will potentially save you money.

But more importantly, augmented reality will help you see a more complete vision of your new or remodeled home before construction ever takes place.

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