Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Decorating rooms automagically

work - 12 Oct 2018

Besides improving our rendering capabilities – like virtual reality panoramas and photo-realistic interior renderings – we are also experimenting with decorating rooms automatically. A 2D floor plan is essential in understanding the layout of a property, but the fun is in 3D! Stunning 3D floor plans from a birds-eye view, photo-realistic interior stills, panoramas to look around at a specific place in a room, and even walking freely through a house in virtual reality.

However, it takes quite some time and skill to decorate one room, let alone all the rooms of a property. That’s why we are doing an experiment to see if we can automatically place furniture in a room and apply materials to floor, ceiling and walls to make it easier and faster to decorate it. So far it looks really promising if I may say so myself.

We think it can be useful a tool for all kinds of situations. Real estate agents can use it to easily create high quality 3D property presentations. A fully decorated 3D floor plan looks much more convincing than an empty black and white 2D plan. Home-buyers can use it to find inspiration for there rooms. They can generate a lot of different – in furniture layout as in style – designs fast to figure out what they do and don’t like. And we think it can help interior designers to spend less time on repetitive tasks so they’ll have more time for what they do best; making aesthetic and functional spaces for their clients.

Anyhow, we will soon release a version for you to give it a try yourself!