In the past few months, my family has been really busy fixing up stuff around the house. In addition to watching a lot of DIY videos on Youtube and getting inspired by TV shows on the HGTV channel (hgtv.com), we've also been looking at Houzz (houzz.com) for design ideas. If you're looking to renovate your house or simply want to browse beautiful home photos, then you should check out the Houzz app for Windows Phone.
We've installed Houzz on our Nokia Lumia 930. Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.
The Houzz app for Windows Phone currently has 2 sections: Photos and Ideabooks.
Photos let you take a look at other people's designs and you can browse by certain types of rooms. This includes the usual living, dining, and bath, but you can also check out wine cellars, closets, gyms, and more. The photos do not have any descriptions. If you see something you like, you can save them to your phone's album. This option is available if you purchase the VIP Upgrade package for $1.99. The package also removes ads within the app.
Think of Ideabooks as articles with photos. There are several topics such as Houzz tours, remodeling, decorating, and more. When you click 'Topics,' a list slides in from the left.
Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 20 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals around the world. Whether you are starting a complete bathroom remodel or just looking for the perfect office desk, Houzz is a great place to get inspiration and discover products for your home.
We were having doubts, but the Houzz Support Team has told us that this is indeed their official app for Windows Phone. One major thing that's currently missing is integration with the Houzz account that lets you upload photos, make comments, and more.
Update: WPCentral reader, SEKKDS, was not convinced this was an official Houzz app, so he has tried contacting Houzz's support team. Their response indicates this is not an official app. The good news is that they are currently working on one. Read the email below:
Hi again Scott,
I do apologize for the confusion, but please do not download, or delete this version of the application, as this is not associated with us. We are working on a version of the app for Windows devices, however, this is not available at the moment.
Best, The Houzz Team
Houzz is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. It has ads that can be removed with an in-app purchase. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!
Thanks for the tip, Rui W.!