Floorplanner meets KSK-Immobilien

At Floorplanner we are always curious to see how companies from all over the world are using our products. In our monthly Floorplanner meets… series we share their stories.

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This month we are meeting German company KSK-Immobilien, the biggest real-estate broker in the Rhineland region. Mirko Wendel tells us about the past and future of KSK-Immobilien and all the smart ways his company employs to save time and money using Floorplanner.

Can you tell a little bit about KSK-Immobilien?

“KSK-Immobilien GmbH was founded 20 years ago as the real estate division of financial institution Kreissparkasse Köln and today still is its wholly owned subsidiary. With around 130 employees in more than 30 real estate offices in Cologne and surrounding districts, we are the largest real estate broker in the Rhineland region. This past year we have succesfully handled over more than 1,800 listings. We are not only specialized in residential property, but also in the sale and lease of land as well as commercial, exclusive, investment, agricultural and forestry property.”

How does KSK-Immobilien use Floorplanner?

“A few years ago we decided we wanted to start drawing the floor plans of our listings ourselves. Using Floorplanner we can guarantee that every one of the approximately 3500 floor plans we draw a year meets our quality standards. And the process of making corrections to an existing plan goes a lot smoother now that we can adjust the plans ourselves, instead of making an expensive detour via external service providers we have used in the past. For our company this "in-house" solution is particularly practical because we have been able to create an archive of all our floor plans. We consult the archive for certain new listings. For example, most student apartments have similar floor plans, so when we need a plan, we simply make little adjustments in an existing one instead of creating a complete new one. This way we can create a listing for our customers even quicker.

What are KSK-Immobilien’s plans for the future?

Floorplanner has become an important part of our everyday work. It allows us to remain independent of external drawing services and to work more quickly and effectively. For our company’s future we are especially interested in the interactivity Floorplanner offers. So in addition to already furnished floor plans, we would like to encourage our customers to virtually decorate their rooms themselves using Floorplanner.

Floorplanner meets dmLights

At Floorplanner we are always curious to see how companies from all over the world are using our products. In our brand new monthly Floorplanner meets… series we share their stories.

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This month we are meeting dmLights, one of the world’s biggest online lighting stores. With over 50,000 different products by more than 90 manufacturers this Belgian company is a big market player. Business manager Jef De Meutter, founder of the dmLights webshop, talks about the company’s history, future and its unique integration with Floorplanner’s 3D homeplanner Roomstyler.

Can you tell us a little bit about dmLights?

“My father started the business 35 years ago. He worked as an electrician and noticed a need for a store selling electric installation supplies, so he began his own shop. I joined the company when I was 18 and in 2004 I started our webshop with a focus on lighting materials. Back then, we were one of the first online lighting stores.”

How did Floorplanner impact your business?

“We recently launched a complete redesign of our website and one of the new key features is the integration of Roomstyler. Our customers use it to design a virtual home with our lighting products. Our Homeplanner, as we named it, has the unique feature that the luminaires put in the room design actually work, so you can view the results of your plan on a HD-render with realistic lighting effects.”

What are the first reactions to Roomstyler?

We were greatly surprised by the amount of users it drew. In the first month the tool was used to draw 4000 homeplans! To say we did not see that coming, is an understatement. We received a lot of positive reactions from the Roomstyler-community. Together with Floorplanner we organised a popular build your own ‘Room with Lighting-contest’ on Roomstyler.

What are dmLights’ plans for the future?

In the long run we want to focus more and more on inspiring our customers. Using Roomstyler is an important step in that direction. It allows our private customers to develop and share new interior design ideas and our corporate clients can use it to showcase their designs. For a long time in our business it was enough to just sell products. But I think that to really distinguish yourself as a professional webshop nowadays, you need something else... something more. In the end everybody can start a webshop, but only a few can do it right. We want to do it right by offering products and inspiration.”

The new and speedy 3D-viewer for Floorplanner is here!

One of our favorite tools in Floorplanner is the 3D-viewer. While drawing your floorplan this tool allows you to check your progress in (wait for it…) 3D. This way you can immediately see whether you positioned the windows or the hallway mirror at the right height and get a general feel of the room. Until recently the 3D-viewer took quite a while to load because we were using Flash, an old but unreplaceable technology. Thankfully this year most browsers started supporting WebGL, a new technology for showcasing great looking and fast loading 3D images. Of course we jumped at the chance and used WebGL to revamp our 3D-viewer.

Now the 3D-view of your floor plan loads within seconds! It is even possible to quickly move around and smoothly check every angle of the room. In short: making the perfect floorplan just got even easier.

p.s. Do not worry if you are using a browser that does not yet support WebGL, especially for you the old 3D-viewer will remain available in Flash.

Bigger & Better Roomstyler Renders

In a time where our screens seem to only get bigger the Roomstyler renders with a 4:3 aspect ratio looked a bit… well… outdated. Since more and more devices are best served with a 16:9 ratio view we decided to switch over. So from now on all Roomstyler renders will be proportioned 16:9!

But that’s not all folks. We will be bringing these new renders to you in higher resolutions. The smallest render, for example, will be a whopping 960x540 pixels! That is almost 70% bigger than the old version (which was a meager 640x480px). Every render will also be available in HD (1920x1080px) and even in 4K (3840x2160px). Furthermore we improved the Roompage so that you will immediately get to see your room in full screen. And if you requested a render in HD or 4K your room will automatically load on the Roompage in this resolution (if your screen can handle the resolution, that is).

With our improved render sizes professional Roomstyler users such as retailers and realtors can now present their designs (and furniture!) on huge screens, without losing any details.

Just imagine the possibilities…

JavaScript developer at Floorplanner

About Floorplanner

Floorplanner started with a floorplan.

When the parents of founder Jeroen were looking for a new apartment, they couldn’t tell if their furniture would fit. Could they place the couch against that wall next to the door? Would the dinner table fit in that room? The only way to figure this out was to draw a floorplan with the furniture on it. Either on paper - which takes a long time - or with heavy duty CAD software - which takes even more time. There had to be a better way.

So Jeroen built Floorplanner. A place to easily create a floorplan of a house and populate it with furniture. Floorplanner is now the leading floorplan platform with over 10 million registered users from all over the world and clients like IKEA and property portals like Funda in the Netherlands.

After Floorplanner came Roomstyler; a place to easily design interiors and to be inspired by all the beautiful creations of its community. With a very active community and clients like Design Within Reach and John Lewis, Roomstyler is the #1 interior design platform on the Internet.

Our latest product is the Yoostyler. Purchasing furniture for your home can be a challenge full of questions and doubt. The sofa and armchair you have fallen in love with – do you have room for the matching ottoman? Yoostyler is a revolutionary interior design tool that enables you to find the answers to all of these questions and more. Have a look here.

All in all, at Floorplanner we want to create simple tools with amazing end results. Tools that can be used by anybody with professional quality output.

Job description

We are always finetuning and rebuilding parts of floorplanner.com as we want to make it better suited for the jobs people use it for. This means the website, the API, the editor and the 2D and 3D image rendering are always being worked on. Right now I’m looking for someone who can help us with rebuilding the parts of the 2D floorplan editor.

But that’s only a start. After that we want to rebuild the 3D planner of Roomstyler, perhaps also the moodboard application and we have some bold ideas for improving the Yoostyler. Enough to keep us busy!

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has experience in building client side applications with JavaScript (or CoffeeScript or LiveScript or ...). But it’s more important to us that you are passionate about building software. Software that is used by many thousands of people every day from all over the world to help them get their stuff done in a faster, easier and better way than before.

The world is changing fast - especially the tech world - so you have to keep up. You have to be eager to try new stuff and learn new tech. But there is a balance of course, we still have to deliver products to our clients. Learning is very important, but most of the learning has to be done while working on production-ready code.

The job is not only about writing code. You are part of a team and you have to be able to work in a team. This means that you have to be able to express your thoughts and ideas in a way other people understand and to be able to discuss them with the rest of the team.

What do we offer?

You can work on software that reaches a lot of people world-wide. And you can do this working together with clever and enthusiastic people who love building software. And all this in a relaxed atmosphere in a nice office with a magnificent view at the new Central Station and near the city centre of Rotterdam.

Your salary will be in line with market practice and we have a program running to earn a quarterly bonus. The job is for 32 or 40 hours a week and we are looking for someone who can be at our Rotterdam office most of the time. However, we have flexible working hours and you can work from home occasionally.

Are you interested to learn more about this job? Please send me a message at gertjan@floorplanner.com.