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23. Case Study: Kitchen Remodeling

Virtual-environment model of remodeled kitchenEffective Virtual Environments Research Project, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

HARRY S. TRUMAN

Highlights and Peculiarities

Why This Case?

This simple case illustrates the power of design tools. Drawings, computer-assisted design (CAD) software, scale models, full-scale mock-ups, and a virtual-environment (VE) walk-through each benefited the design. The VE and the mock-up each added value that the other did not.

Bold Decision

Move the exterior wall. This change transformed the design.

Bold Decision ...

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