Detailed text descriptions of the features and finishes in each room (i.e. cove ceiling with ornamental plasterwork), as well as those of the overall property (i.e. pool deck comfortably seats 10 rounds of 10 for plated dinners) are carefully catalogued and linked to the drawing.
We find that linking a descriptive text to the drawing is a powerful advantage for several reasons:
- First of all, it allows us the opportunity to describe in great detail the features and finishes in each room. We could say “staircase”…but “staircase with hardwood treads, wood-spindled balustrade, curled hardwood banister and recessed tread lighting” paints a picture for you …you can “see” it in your mind’s eye.
- Also, the drawing and text are designed to work together; we can get upwards of 90% of the features described in the text also depicted in the drawing either as a pictographic symbol or text annotation (or both)
- The reason we do this is that people basically absorb information in one of two ways … some people are “picture people” and their brains prefer to process images, and then there are “text people” … and their brains prefer processing text. Curiously enough, it is not uncommon for people with two different preferences of processing information …. to be married to each other. By integrating the two methods into a seamless system, SMARTePLANS equally appeals to both persons and rapidly conveys information to each in their own preferred format.
- The text descriptions also gives us the opportunity to convey to the reader information that we cannot show in the drawing, but is important information for the property … like a SEER rating, or LEEDs rating or any number of things.
- We also write our text descriptions so they can be used to tour the home. We start at the front door and literally take-you-by-the-hand and lead you through the property one room at a time. Prospective buyers print-out the Amenities Text and then using it as a guide-book … they tour the property “in order”, enlarging the screen as they go along studying the drawing and the photographs and absorbing every detail. They scribble notes in the margins and usually show up to view the home clutching their notes ….. and going room to room.