It can be difficult to know where to begin when starting a home remodeling project. With so many sources from which to draw inspiration, compiling and organizing ideas can be confusing. Rather than spending time clipping photos from piles of expensive design magazines, home remodelers can now turn to an online resource for help.
Houzz users can scroll through thousands of photos to help them decide what they like and don’t like. Houzz lays claim to the Web’s largest database of home design images, searchable by filters such as style, color, materials and geographic area. There is also a user forum where consumers can get advice from the Houzz community to help solve design dilemmas, swap stories and receive support from other homeowners going through the remodeling process. Users can also find professional answers to their remodeling questions.
To use Houzz, homeowners create a login and profile. This allows them to create ideabooks, where they can store images of designs and products they like and upload photos. When searching for ideas on Houzz, specificity is key for customizing results and limiting the number of images to be reviewed. When users see pictures they like and select them, they can click “Save to ideabook” in the bottom navigation for future reference. They can also make notes on the photos or learn more about the designer and the products featured in the images. Users have the option create an ideabook for each planned remodeling project.
Houzz also connects homeowners with architects, interior designers and contractors through the site’s large database of professionals. Members of the Houzz community are able to make referrals and recommendations in their geographic area. In addition, the site contains an archive of articles written by professionals covering all areas of home improvement.
Since its founding in 2009, Houzz has rapidly become the largest home remodeling online community, and the Houzz iPhone/iPad apps have been downloaded more than 10 million times.
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