Are you considering a residential renovation project? Are you thinking about building a new home from the ground up? Do you daydream about the house you’ll have when that lotto ticket pays off? Or maybe you’re a design professional looking for inspiration. Maybe you know what you want but you need an architect to help make it a reality? Help is only a click away.
Pictures Worth a Thousand Words
In 2009, Houzz.com was created by a husband and wife frustrated by their inability to describe their vision for their home remodel to their architect. They asked local architects and design professionals to upload photos to their new site, creating an online source for other homeowners and remodelers to draw inspiration. The site has grown exponentially and now shares over 3 million photos from more than two million architects, contractors and other design professionals. It has become more than just a resource for images. Houzz now helps connect professionals with homeowners renovating or building a house and facilitates a dialogue that better communicates the homeowner’s dream.
User Friendly Search Function Helps Homeowners
The ability of the user to sort thought millions of photos by room or architectural style, or search for key words or materials is one reason that Houzz has developed such a strong following. You can save your favorite photos in different “Ideabooks” that you can reference later or easily share.
Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want, it is time to search for help.
You can search nationwide, or limit your image search to a metro area. You won’t see as many images but you can be sure the professional responsible is close by.
Professional Connections Made Easy
Not only do you have the ability to limit the search for images provided by local professionals, you can search in the new Houzz professional directory. You can look through their work and read reviews. You can even contact the professional from within the site, giving you a wealth of information to start the selection process.
The ability to create and share Ideabooks really shines when you begin to work with an architect, design professional or contractor. RDM Architecturefrequently encounters clients who have already created extensive Ideabooks for each space. Not only does the Ideabook allow us as to get a broad idea of the homeowners’ style, it helps as we move through the design process with everything from cabinet styles to paint colors to landscaping. Creating a shared Ideabook for the project in the very beginning keeps the visual dialogue going, makes it easy to share images and ensures everyone is on the same page.professional directory. You can look through their work and read reviews. You can even contact the professional from within the site, giving you a wealth of information to start the selection process.
Whether you are about to start a project or are in the midst of one, Houzz has become a great tool. If you haven’t explored the site, log on to www.houzz.com, look through some photos, and check out RDM Architecture’s page. You’re bound to find some inspiration and get your project off on the right foot.e selection process.