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How it’s done! The design and hand-drawn rendering for a powder room.

Powder Room design and rendering

Let’s take a look at how I designed this Moroccan-influenced powder room and created this hand-drawn presentation rendering for it.

1. The initial design discussions.

First, I measured the existing powder room we would be remodeling, noting window and plumbing locations, etc. Then I reviewed finish options with the owner. For example, we selected the wall tile at Zellij Gallery in West Hollywood. Zellij Gallery, a family run business, imports the handmade tile from Morocco.

2. Further design decicions.

I proposed to the owner that we have leaded glass installed in the window for privacy. This pattern may not be authentically Moroccan, but I had seen similar windows in Spain. We decided to include items such as a carved-stone vessel sink, Sonoma Forge wall mounted plumbing and an antique mirror in the design. We selected a Caesarstone for fabrication of the custom vanity.

3. The hand-drawn perspective drawing.

I sketched a preliminary drawing for myself as I developed the design (above left). I then drew a clean line drawing for the owner to review (right). This hand-drawn rendering feels warmer than a computer-generated drawing likely would. Click images to enlarge.

4. Developing the drawing to explain the concept.

I made a quick value study of the illustration (above left) for myself, before I colored the final illustration (right). The final, hand-drawn color rendering really expressed the design to the owner, in ways my architectural drawings could not. Click images to enlarge.