Full Houzz: Using Houzz to Collab with Your Contractor

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For a job done well, you need the right tools. That’s why we love Houzz. What started as a platform for industry insiders has evolved into so much more. Now, professionals and homeowners share the space, making it a hub of artistic inspiration for all. 

This online collective consists of architects, interior designers, contractors, remodelers, dealers – and you. If you need a service performed or a product shipped, you can find the right person for the job on Houzz. 

This haven of home improvement makes remodeling a whiz. Not only is a space for renovation specialists to advertise their services, but it’s also the ideal spot to showcase their work. The beauty of Houzz is that it’s a highly visual platform. It takes the best aspects of LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Architectural Digest and blends them all into one easy-to-use website. 

Houzz uses a highly-detailed lookup feature to show you precisely what you’re looking for. Whether you’re browsing casually or hunting for something specific, you’re sure to find a mountain of images to awe and inspire.

Playing Houzz

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To use the site, simply go to houzz.com, and start looking. You can use the search bar to scout around or use the expansive dropdown menu to guide your exploration. No matter what part of the house you’re working on, Houzz is guaranteed to show you something amazing.

Not sure which direction you want to take your interior design? Not a problem! Houzz has the perfect solution. Draw inspiration from the professionals by browsing through the ‘Get Ideas’ dropdown menu. This tab can offer you a vast array of visual stimulus: hundreds of design insiders have collected their photo portfolios for your perusal. For any room in the house, there are gorgeous professional catalogs ready to view. From kitchens to bedrooms, pool houses, wine cellars, and beyond, Houzz has it all. 

Once you’ve selected your room, you can narrow down your options using Houzz’s intricate filter system. You can specify your search based on style, color, size, finish, and material. Maybe you’re not sure what you’re looking for aesthetically, but you have a set budget to stay within. Good news! Even without using the style filters, you can refine your search using the budget selection tool.

Found something that you love? This is the fun part: after creating an account with Houzz, it’s easy to save your faves to ‘ideabooks.’ What’s an ideabook, you ask? According to Houzz itself, an ideabook is “a place where you can store ideas and build dreams.” Simply put, it’s a digital vault where you can collect your favorite photos, professionals, discussions and stories. It’s as simple as the click of a button.

Best of all, you don’t have to feel restricted. You’re free to explore the full range of styles, designs, furnishings, and so much more. Create as many ideabooks as you want; the only thing stopping you is the limits of your imagination.

Tools of the Trade

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So what makes Houzz different from other image search engines out there? The answer is simple: Houzz may be an image search engine, but it’s also so much more than that. Unlike its crafty counterpart, Pinterest, Houzz was created with interior design in mind. Its tailored approach to home improvement networking makes it perfect for professional and aspiring designers alike. This platform comes equipped with all the tools you’ll need at your disposal. 

  • Have you got questions for the pros? Houzz has a discussion board to post your inquiries and receive answers from knowledgeable and experienced practitioners.
  • You can find and contact all kinds of service professionals – like us, for instance!

Innovate, Collaborate

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Houzz is, by its nature, a networking platform. That makes it perfect for sharing. Show off your ideas to your spouse, your in-laws, or even your contracting firm.

Houzz is the perfect place to jumpstart your renovation. Use the ideabook feature to collect your favorite styles, items, and materials. These ideabooks can then be used as building blocks to create a plan and design your real-life home. Bringing your vision from concept to reality is almost too easy. Simply enter your contractor’s email address into the ‘collaboration settings’ feature of your profile. Instantly, your design team will have complete access to your ideabooks, making Houzz the ideal tool for collaboration and creation.

At Winthorpe Design & Build, our number one priority is bringing our client’s remodeling dreams to life. We work closely with you from the start to ensure that you get exactly what you want. Collaboration using Houzz is just one more way for us to get it right. Bring your ideas to the table, and let us take care of the rest. Reach out today, and let’s talk about it.

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