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Best Sites for Finding Remodeling Ideas Online
By Kurt Jacobson

Best Sites for Finding Remodeling Ideas Online

Choosing to remodel some or your entire home can be exciting, but is also a very stressful time and requires significant amounts of planning. It is important to have a clear idea of what you can afford before you make any purchases or contact a professional contractor for help. Until now, magazines and books have played a pivotal role in helping a homeowner find inspiration for their remodeling. However, these can be expensive, take up a lot of space in your home, and don’t always contain all the information you are looking for. Today, there are an abundance of websites that can provide you with all the information a magazine has to offer, and so much more.

With so many websites available, how do you know where to start? In the end it comes down to personal choice, in the same way that choosing a home renovation magazine does. You may like to start by exploring a few different sites, then further investigating the ones you like the most. To make things easier, we’ve put together some information outlining the key features of several of the most popular home remodeling websites.

Houzz

Houzz can provide you with an abundance of inspiration and information on a wide range of home remodeling and construction topics. With so much information on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. Houzz can be overwhelming if you visit the site without really knowing what you are looking for. By having an idea of what you are hoping to achieve from your project before you start, you will easily be able to find what you are looking for on Houzz. Setting a budget can also be beneficial, as it is easy for remodeling costs to somewhat spiral out of control.

Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, Houzz can provide all the inspiration and know-how that you need. You can view an abundance of images and ideas that have been uploaded by others, whether they be of bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms, home offices or external remodeling. In addition to all this, Houzz also lets you contact industry experts and professionals so that you can ask them for advice, quotes, or even hire contractors for your project. Houzz is cleverly constructed in a way to make you feel as though you are part of a network or community of people sharing your remodeling and building interests. It is a useful tool not just for ideas, but also to put the inspiration and fun back into remodeling, and take away some of the stressfulness that can come with home renovations. When your project is finally complete, you can take pictures of your work and upload them to Houzz so that others can gain inspiration from your work. Visit houzz.com.

Pinterest

The best way to describe Pinterest is as the largest pin board in the world, and one that’s open for everybody to pin items to, which can be viewed by anyone else. You can use Pinterest to browse categories of anything you are interested in, from wedding invitation ideas to recipes to home remodeling inspiration. It’s neatly arranged into categories to make searching a breeze, and the sheer number of topics and items available for viewing is fairly staggering.

Pinterest allows you to find a selection of articles, pictures and general information from just about any website you like and “pin” them to your own board. This lets you create a portfolio of images and pages of things that interest you. You can organize, sub-categorize and order them in a range of different ways to make it easier to re-find something at a later time. Pinterest also allows you to post comments with the pages you pin, to remind yourself what you liked about a given recipe or home remodeling idea. Most of the time, pages you pin link back to the website they came from, which makes it easy to find the original source of the information. Visit pinterest.com.

Zillow Digs

Zillow is a real estate data base that has recently branched out to introduce Zillow Digs – a powerhouse in all things relating to home remodeling, construction and renovation. This site allows you to search and view images from the remodeling projects of others, and share the ones you like the most or that you think will work best in your home. What’s more, Zillow Digs can also help you calculate the approximate cost of a project so that you know what you are getting yourself into before you start!

As budgets can often be limiting factors when it comes to home remodeling, this is a powerful feature for such a website to include, and it can ensure that you don’t spend too much time browsing projects that lie outside your price range. Zillow Digs also has a great search feature where you can view remodeling ideas based on the style, budget, color theme, room and more. Visit zillow.com/digs.

Start exploring the websites listed above to find your inspiration and create a plan for your remodeling project. Then when you're ready, give us a call to make your plans a reality with our award winning contracting services.

 

Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he’s not out shredding waves he writes about Norman Oklahoma rental homes.

 

Posted: 10/5/2011
Before, During, After: Remodelers Are on a Video Roll
By Matt Hoots

30 minutes here, 30 minutes there, and before he knew it, Matt Hoots had created nearly 80 videos for SawHorse Design Build and Remodeling, the Atlanta company where he is CEO.

"We like to use video because because it's an easy way to communicate with images and audio," Matt told me yesterday. "Any time we find ourselves repeating the same message over and aover again, we create a video and then refer people to it. A lot of times we've even converted prospects to sales this way."

It's official, remodelers: Video marketing has found its way well into the remodeling and small-business mainstream. You don't need a marketing agency, a high-end editing suite, or even a tech-savvy freelancer or teenage nephew to master it.

Take the video below. Like most of the videos on SawHorse's website and YouTube channel, Matt created it himself in 30 minutes or so using inexpensive video cameras (and still images, in some cases) and Windows Live Movie Maker software. Only a few include kids -- but the cute factor never hurts.

SawHorse videos cover a broad range of topics -- about the company, client testimonials, how solar hot water heaters work, for starters -- and appear in multiple places for maximum viewing, including appropriate spots on the company's website and as pop-ups in company e-letters.

"We just signed a contract today," Matt said yesterday. A big part of the new client's education and buy-in came from video links that he had sent her in response to some of her questions.

He even credits video with helping to keep the company afloat in the past few years. "Honestly, without green work and video and other social media, I don't know if we would have survived."
 

 

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