frequently asked

What type of files are needed?

Planning Ideas use a variety of 3d files. The preferred method is using Project Matrix Symbols (and the Project Symbol Extension with CET). Additionally, we can use Sketchup symbols and 3D CAD, with limited features.

Can the specifier change finishes and specifications?

Yes! Finishes and finish grades can be changed in CET if the symbols are Project Symbols. However, items created using Sketchup will not be editable.

What are the finishes specified?

Unless otherwise requested, upholstery finishes are a Grade 2 or 3 (consistently through the project), and laminates and paints are Grade 1. 

Can you add architectural walls, accessories, artwork, and plants to the Planning Ideas?

Yes! CET has an incredible modeling component that includes architectural walls, ceilings, flooring, and accessories. If you want these elements included, please let us know! 

Where can I go to get ideas?

Furniture manufacturer showroom plans from NeoCon are great resources and Office Snapshots are great resources for inspiration. We encourage you to start with images from these websites (and many others). Mark up the images with the lines you want to represent, and we can work from there. We've also created an image gallery on our Pinterest page.

How is pricing verified, and is there a disclaimer on the drawings?

Project Matrix pricing compares against the online published price list, where available. We do not request quotes from the manufacturer. All files have a disclaimer, and PDF files produced will have a print date for pricing reference.

Are there example projects available to understand the deliverables?

Yes! During our consultation call, your project manager will show you examples of past projects, and how they incorporate with the MRL extension and CET.

What do the renderings look like?

We provide renderings in jpeg format. Finishes are neutral with a white background and floor with minimal shadows. 
Neutral renderings are best for designer usage, however, you can add additional modeling (walls, floor, lighting) at an hourly design rate. Check out our Portfolio page for examples of our modeled renderings.

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