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    How long would it take you to make this?

    Hello!
    I have recently accepted a freelance position to create some simple renderings of this basic residential layout.
    My new employer has asked me how many hours it would take to complete.
    How long would it take you to make this?-photo.jpeg
    My question is:
    - What is an average estimate for how long it would take to complete? (for a freshly graduated intermediate designer such as myself)

    4 hours? under 1? I feel like it would not take all day, but Id like to give my new employer a time frame that is accurate and realistic.

    Thank you!

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    with no furniture or any additional components, 2 hours. Including all materials for roof, floor, and walls in all rooms...Lighting etc.
    This how long it would take me, the time it takes for you may differ. Assuming you have done a few somewhat elaborate renderings in college, I dont see why it should take you more than 2-3 hours.

    Edit: This would not include placing furniture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimRaynor View Post
    What is an average estimate for how long it would take to complete?
    I don't make estimates on my time or fee - I make calculations.

    How "simple" is the rendering, really (has your client given you an example?)
    How many draft reviews are you allowing for?
    How will you factor (read: cost) design changes and requests?
    What is the output? Printed or digital? What usage rights will you allow?
    What are your software, hardware and running costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    How "simple" is the rendering, really (has your client given you an example?)
    Absolutely this. People expectations with renderings vary wildly, and what one person might think is simple can be drastically different from what another people might accept. This is especially true when the term "photo-realistic rendering" gets banded around when people attach the phrase to low quality images.

    Getting a full brief and planning exactly everything that you're going to do, and to what level, is key to a successful project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimRaynor View Post
    Hello!
    I have recently accepted a freelance position to create some simple renderings of this basic residential layout.
    My new employer has asked me how many hours it would take to complete.
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    My question is:
    - What is an average estimate for how long it would take to complete? (for a freshly graduated intermediate designer such as myself)

    4 hours? under 1? I feel like it would not take all day, but Id like to give my new employer a time frame that is accurate and realistic.

    Thank you!
    I have done work like this in the past. I might quote a flat fee to do something like this. Say $500. Explain this will get basic geometry and materials applied and a rendering. (I give samples of what I consider "basic" so expectations are clear.) Anything above that will be on an hourly basis. If materials need to be adjusted, additional renderings done (this could require fixing some geometry previously not totally worked out) all of that is by the hour at XX $ per hour. The projects I have done this way typically work out fine and both parties are happy with what they get out of it.
    Last edited by JeffH; March 11th, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

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