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March 26th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Get Your Home Improvement Idea Fix on Houzz

Are you a home improver? Looking for ideas for updates, decorating or renovation? Books, magazines, and HGTV are great sources but I’ve found a website that is fabulous for inspiration. Houzz.com is an encyclopedic website that has literally hundreds of thousands of images of rooms, landscapes, products and design ideas.

The site is simple to navigate. From the home page you can browse by type of room, read up on discussions, find local builders or check out Ideabooks. These are photo portfolios based on categories such as Home Tech, Architecture and DIY. And as you browse the photos, you can create your own books with all your wishlist items.

There’s also a weekly newsletter with articles on the many aspects of home improvement. These have really helpful advice for whatever project you might be embarking on.

We recently began the process of designing a kitchen remodel and Houzz has been a great source for ideas. Everything from types of storage to backsplashes, lighting and cabinet colors and styles. Whenever I saw something I liked, I just added it to my kitchen Ideabook.

An even more helpful feature was the ability to share my Ideabook with my kitchen designer so he could see what things I like and get a better idea of how I envision the end result. The contractor also uses Houzz to post their own Ideabooks and projects so I can see the results of their work.

This is my idea of a great way to collaborate.

There’s definitely a danger here. With so many great examples, it’s really easy to go beyond your budget, so be prepared to compromise and/or get ready to do some of the work yourself.

Have fun with this!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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  1. houzz is good source for home improvement projects.

  2. Thanks for sharing this amazing find. I think people will get really inspired by some of the things on Houzz.

  3. I know – I can easily spend hours looking and wishing and making idea books here.

    Paula Palermo

    26 May 13 at 10:48 am

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