I have a serious case of “exciting new website launch” fatigue right now. Every day a thrilling new announcement lands in my inbox about some groundbreaking new digital initiative that I absolutely must get in on–now, right now.
And I just cannot bring myself to care about any of them.
Some of these amazing new digital initiatives have turned out to be actual Big Deals (Tumblr, Google Plus, Pinterest), but I can’t bring myself to do much more than glance at them from time to time. And many, many more of them are just dumb ideas that will go nowhere (Tumblr, Google Plus, Pinterest. Kidding! I’m thinking more of the My Garden Friends -type sites where somebody we’ve never heard of wants us to set up an account and start sharing pictures of our garden or clicking on images of Proven Winners and Monrovia plants we might add to our fake digital garden. Please, people. Make it stop.)
But what about Houzz? I think this is pretty cool. I read this article in the San Francisco Chronicle about a landscape designer who has some out-of-town and even out-of-the-country clients thanks to Houzz. So I decided to give it a closer look.
Houzz is a sort of Angie’s List-meets-Yelp-meets-Pinterest for home and garden contractors. You can go to Houzz and browse photos to get an idea of what sort of thing you might like to do at your place–then you can find a contractor who will do that for you. You can buy products that turn up in the photos (stepping stones, a bench, light fixtures) . You can browse or create your own idea books — such as this one, about hiding trash cans, which I actually found quite useful.
And there are discussions where you can ask questions or get more specifics about an idea you see or whatever.
So here’s my question–are there any landscape designers out there using Houzz, and if so, houzz it going? (sorry, couldn’t resist.) I see Michelle Derviss, and it looks like Gen Schmidt just joined–anybody else?
And what about people selling stuff on Houzz? Or–anybody using it to figure out how to redo your deck or build a new patio or a chicken coop or some such thing?
Finally, to all you writers of garden designer-ish books–are you using Houzz to promote your books? Here, for instance, is an Idea Book about edible garden design that features Rosalind Creasy’s book on the subject. That is a very cool idea.
What do you think? How’s Houzz?
(okay, sorry. I’ll stop.)