Best of Houzz Service Winner 2017!

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Hurrah! My firm was awarded a Houzz.com award! Houzz is my “go to” website for home inspiration. Instantly I can search a topic, find a picture if not hundreds of them and send them to a client to see if we are on the same page. It is a wonderful resource replacing scrapbooks and boxes filled with pictures. I suggest if there is a couple designing a new home that they each start their own Houzz.com accounts and idea books. It is very telling to see what they like or don’t. Gives me as their architect a chance to get a feel for the home they are dreaming  about. With separate accounts, it allows everyone to keep track of their favorites and make sure their ideas are being reviewed and understood. Often without knowing a couple with pick the same pictures!

Even if a client isn’t sure why they like the exterior of a home over another, if enough pictures are selected and/or we talk through them I can find the common thread why they selected what they did. Sometimes it is the windows, sometimes it is the feel or likely it is the aesthetics.

aes·thet·ics

esˈTHediks/
noun
  1. a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art.
    • the branch of philosophy that deals with the principles of beauty and artistic taste.

Aesthetics is everything when designing! A client may not know why they like but I can!  It is the proportion, scale, detail, feel, lighting, contrast  and many other factors  that come into play when designing a home and it’s many spaces.

I prefer Houzz to Pininterest for searchability  and integrity. If there is an awesome home I like to look at the architect’s website and read more about the project especially it’s location. I live and design in the Midwest!  We have four full seasons. Sometimes there will be a beautiful picture only to find out it is in a very warm climate. Ice and snow never touch that trellis or freeze that exterior tile or have snow stack up on that roof! Or it will be the reverse  a colder climate that doesn’t with our sultry summers or pesky bugs! Or a dry desert climate where stucco is king and cost effective! Pinterest I find vague at best with little details. Awesome ideas but I need all the information I can get when designing! I also appreciate  that Houzz requires architects and photographer’s names. Every picture gives credit to it’s source.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

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