This 3D model presented 2 main technical difficulties: the staircase leading to the top floor, and the narrow T-shaped hallway connecting the family room to the garage and the first floor restroom to the main living room.
The staircase challenge was resolved by lowering the height of the camera in the staircase, and by spacing out carefully all the 360 scans to obtain maximum overlap between scans.
The T-shaped hallway required that scans be created close to each other at the junction of the two segments. Additionally, there is a mirror in the restroom that faces the hallway: since the 360 scans are shot with the restroom door open, the camera is placed off-center to avoid it being reflected in the mirror all the way to the restroom.
Another difficulty was to deal with the narrow space between the entrance door and the staircase. We started by shooting with the front door open but it proved impossible to align the 360 scans. So we closed the front door.
The resulting model is a good representation of how 3D walkthroughs connect all rooms together to give a full view of the distribution of space in a home; this is especially critical in homes built on 2 floors, and in this case, a cathedral ceiling on one side and a low ceiling on the other.
Traditional photography failed at giving a correct sense of proportions to the viewer of this home. An interactive 3D walkthrough fills the void.
July 18, 2016