3D Rendering Calgary

Architectural Rendering Services in Calgary

Who is RealSpace 3D?

With over 15 years in business as a 3d rendering company, Realspace has grown into one of the top Architectural Rendering companies in Canada. Despite our main office being located in Vancouver, a good portion of our work comes from within Alberta. 

As things have shifted in recent years where working remotely has become increasingly common. We typically prefer receiving our information through email (in the form of CAD files or PDF's), meetings are predominantly done virtually, and we can transfer final output files from anywhere. Payment for projects done within Canada are done in Canadian Dollars, we accept credit card, EFT, and Cheque.

What does a render cost?

This is the most common question we get asked, for good reason. Our renders land somewhere in the middle on the pricing scale. We believe we offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to combining quality and affordability. Because 3d Rendering pricing varies so much, we've written extensively on the topic. View our pricing page here to get a sense of our pricing (also use our instant pricing calculator feature) or contact us to get a quote.

Who have we worked with in Calgary?

We have provided realtors, homeowners, architects, designers, builders and developers located in Calgary with a wide variety of our architectural rendering services, these include house renderings in suburban neighbourhoods outside of the Calgary downtown core, 3d floorplans, interior renderings of houses, townhouse development renders and large-scale high-rise animations in the city.

Although 3d rendering can be done from anywhere in the world, there is a certain level of familiarity within a city which is needed to accurately convey styles, landscapes and demographics. There is also an understanding that a budget for a highrise in Calgary does not have the same budget as a house in Red Deer.

Calgary Real Estate Market in 2023

Like many cities within Canada in 2023, interest rates have impacted house sales. Because of mortgage rates going up, more people are electing to purchase condos and townhomes due to their reduced buying power. Calgary remains a more affordable option for single-family homes than other places within Canada but the rate at which houses are being sold has dropped. Because of this, we are seeing a push towards marketing for townhouses and condos.

Who is buying real estate in Calgary in 2023:

Vancouver and Toronto residents who are looking for a more affordable housing option while working remotely.

Employees within the oil and gas industry which appears to be experiencing a bounce back

Immigration numbers are increasing throughout Canada


What are some key elements to highlight in Calgary architectural renders?

Ensuring amenity space features targeted towards specific demographics within Calgary

style - accurately reflecting life, weather, hobbies, vehicles in Calgary within our renderings

In some of our recent Calgary projects, we had the chance to explore very different approaches to our rendering services.


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CASE STUDY 1: North West Calgary House


Service Offered: High-end Exterior House Rendering
Date: 4/5/2022
Purpose: Marketing + Signage
Client: Permit Acquisition Expert
Number of revisions required: 3
Location: North West Calgary


This was a new construction project for a single-family home located in North West Calgary. The upper middle-class neighbourhood is attracting a lot of younger families who are upgrading from townhouse/ condo ownership into house ownership. Capturing the correct demographic for this house was importing for our client. 

We worked closely with our clients on this project to create this high-end house rendering. In addition to creating an image which was utilized on signage, we helped to finalize design details on this house. Under the client's guidance, we played around with some options, including adding brick, wood cedar shake, decorative gable pieces and venting options. By being able to see it before they build, our client was able to ensure that everything worked together in unison.

From a technical perspective, this rendering had a couple of minor challenges; for one, being able to show an exciting house rendering using standard afternoon lighting means creating depth by using shadows and reflections. Additionally, accurately capturing the lot with a slight incline was essential to show how the house's curb appeal.

CASE STUDY 2: Calgary Alberta Self Storeage

Service Offered: Exterior Industrial Rendering
Date: 2/22/2022
Purpose: Marketing + Signage
Client: Design/ Build Company
Number of revisions required: 2
Location: North East Calgary


Design Aesthetic - This rendering project's goal was to create a modern-looking, inviting, clean industrial building. The rendering, which was used for regulatory and marketing purposes, manages to achieve this through a simplistic approach. For this project, we incorporated the logo's colour scheme into the building to create a feeling of cohesion within the branding. The pops of orange created a lovely focal point while being accented by the complimentary blue panelling.


Lighting - Due to the nature of these types of renderings, we steer away from anything too moody or creative. We want to avoid adding distractions to these renderings, specifically, if the images are used as signage around highways, the visual distractions may take away from the central message. This is why we went with a standard sunny afternoon rendering. Like our last case study, we created depth and interest by adding variation to the shadow in the foreground. One of the other tricks we sometimes use in a rendering like this is creating a slight haze on bright lights. Although this effect is subtle, it helps to soften the harshness of some of the brighter whites. 


Landscape - In this rendering, we used indigenous Calgary vegetation to populate the immediate foreground - although we possibly took some creative liberties in "greening" it up a little bit. The primary purpose for positioning the trees as we did is to frame the building better and create a more pleasing composition.

CASE STUDY 3: Banff Alberta 3D House Rendering


Service Offered: High-end Exterior House Rendering
Date: 10/5/2022
Purpose: Marketing + Interior Design Exploration
Client: Realtor/ Developer
Number of images: 10
Number of revisions required: 3
Location: Banff, Alberta


For this 3d project, we worked with a developer who was building a chalet near Banff, Alberta. This project was going to be used to attract investors along with marketing for future short-term renters and vacationers in Banff. Because the target audience for this project was going to be primarily vacationers, it was essential for us to capture what this house had to offer. In addition to showcasing the beautiful interior finishes and high end amenities, we needed to capture the right mood. Part of doing this was incorporating view photography into the 3d render. Other important elements included:

  • The hot tub on the deck.
  • The ski-in/ski-out room.
  • The billiards and games room.
  • Capturing the warmth of the fireplace and open-concept kitchen and dining room.

In addition to creating several interior renderings for this project, we also created a couple of exterior house renderings. These renderings were complete with a light dusting of snow. In general, snow can be a reasonably challenging element to depict accurately in 3d. Although one might think of snow as simply white", it actually picks up many colours from the surrounding environment. Additionally, how light is refracted and absorbed within snow's properties can create extra work to fine-tune the rendering engine to get things just right. That being said, it makes for a unique image when it is done correctly.


The Calgary real estate market has changed in recent years and continues to adjust depending on mortgage rates, employment and immigration. As mortgage rates have increased, the share of home purchases has decreased, specifically in the luxury market. As purchase power decreases the demand for houses in cities outside the core becomes an option for many who had originally hoped to buy in Calgary.

Surrounding areas like Red Deer, Banff, Airdrie and Okotoks account for a surprising amount of our house rendering services.


Conversely, the townhome and condo market is continuing to move rapidly.


As a sprawling city with desirable amounts of sunshine, cheaper housing (relative to Toronto and Vancouver) and good employment opportunity, there is a demand from many deciding to move into the city looking to live more frugally. This is driving the market for condos and townhouses. Many townhouse and condo rendering projects we receive as a company originate in Calgary.


Creating 3D Walkthrough videos can be a time-consuming and labour-intensive process. Because of this, we typically reserve these services for larger developments and more established companies. We've found many clients located in Calgary to be ideal for this exact reason. 


  • Architects, Designers, Builders and Home owners looking to showcase a new house for presale, regulatory approval or simply to test out some different designs
  • Realtors who are looking to sell homes, either through the use of a 3D Floorplans for existing houses to help clients understand layouts, or to maximize profit during the presale stage of selling
  • Developers and Real Estate Marketing Companies located in and around the Greater Calgary Area appreciate our reasonable prices and our local project management which ensures high quality projects with a smooth revision process.

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