Understanding the Differences Between 2D Plans and 3D Plans

Mar 7, 2023

2 min


Is it really necessary to prepare 2D, and 3D plan?

3D Vector Illustration of a house

Have you considered the distinct functions of 2D plans and 3D plans? As a realtor, you may question the necessity of preparing both types of plans and wonder if only a 3D plan would suffice to showcase the property to potential clients. However, it is crucial to understand that each plan serves a distinct purpose. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between 2D plans and 3D plans and clarify why it is necessary to prepare all of them.

2D Floor Plans

2D floor plans are designed to exhibit the technical details that are necessary for home builders to construct a house. Such details may include load-bearing walls, wall types, and the positioning of the home's windows and doors. While some 2D plans may contain measurements, others may not, depending on the intended use, such as for marketing purposes. These plans provide a top-down view of the layout of your client's property, without showing depth or height, as it is presented solely in two dimensions. Nevertheless, this type of rendering provides valuable information, including the following details:

  • Walls
  • Room Layout
  • Windows 
  • Door
  • Stairs 
  • And more!

Some examples of our 2D Floor Plans are shown below.

  • 2D Black & White Plans

2D Elevation

On the contrary, 2D elevation offers a view of a plan's front and side. Below is an example of HomeRender's sample elevation.

In contrast, 3D plans offer a three-dimensional representation that captures the length, breadth, and height of a property. They provide a more detailed view of a home's walls, doors, windows, furniture, and flooring, resulting in a more accurate depiction than 2D plans. By presenting the floor plan in a realistic manner, 3D plans enable clients to visualize their property's layout and design with ease. Unlike 2D plans, 3D plans offer a bird's eye view that must showcase the following features:

  • Walls
  • Floor
  • Exterior Wall Fenestrations
  • Windows 
  • Doorways

Some features that you can add are:

  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Bathroom Fixtures
  • Paint Color
  • Wall Tiles 
  • Furniture and other interior finishes. 

Examples of our 3D Floor Plan are shown below.


2D plans serve as the foundation of 3D plans. While 2D plans offer a technical representation of a property's layout, 3D plans present a more detailed and realistic view. Although 2D and 3D plans may serve distinct purposes, they work in tandem to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of how their homes will look even before construction begins. By providing both types of plans, clients can gain a more accurate visualization of the property without incurring additional costs. Learn how to provide both with a flat-rate fee by clicking on the following link.

This article was last updated on Sep 21, 2023