You may have noticed lately that we’ve been asking our generous and talented Sneak Peek story subjects to include floorplans with their submissions. The request sends some contributors into a tizzy, as they imagine learning new drafting software or digging up the old architect’s scale ruler from art school to complete the task. In the truest sense of the word, a floorplan is a flat bird’s-eye diagram of a place charted to scale, often noting electrical and plumbing systems, furniture, fixtures, and finishes. It’s inherently complicated, and it’s no wonder the thought of creating such a technical drawing strikes fear in most residents’ hearts!
For our purposes, however, the Sneak Peek floorplan is a friendly aid that gives readers a better understanding of three-dimensional space on a 2D screen. We craft our home tours through targeted photography and sequential photo galleries that link one spot to the next so a reader may activate her internal GPS and understand where shes’s seeing throughout a photoset. We write detailed descriptions to further enhance this awareness. But as hard as we might try to capture a series of rooms through images and words, in the process of translating the physical experience of a space into a webpage, sometimes you just need a trail map to make sense of it all.
Our goal at D*S is to share the varied experiences of how people live, and to inspire readers to add more beauty and function into their own lives. The most seductive photography, while delightful to behold, can sometimes inhibit people from seeing their own homes through a positive lens. Looking at a floorplan can encourage folks to notice the similarities to featured homes within their own spaces, and can inspire the confidence to make the most of their own square footage. Pretty pictures tell a story, but floorplans help us anchor that vision to something real, tangible, and useful.
Our home tours are not complete without portraits of the residents, nor without self-styled slides describing what is most loved about their homes. These components help the interiors photography come alive with the personality that shaped the space in the pictures. Whether floorplans are sketched as if for a whimsical treasure hunt or drawn to the utmost of architectural precision, they say something about a home’s inhabitants, what they do and like to do, and how they communicate with the world. The following chronologically-ordered examples of Sneak Peek floorplans are some of our favorites for those reasons and more. —Annie