The Story of Houzz

Houzz Interior Design

The History of Houzz by the Numbers

Before telling the story of Houzz, it’s important to reveal the numbers at the heart of the story. The Houzz community consists of 40 million homeowners, home improvement professionals and home design enthusiasts – incredible for what began as a side project. At HalfPrice, we love working with homeowners and making a small contribution to someone’s dream home. Our range of shutters will hopefully feature in some of the millions of images on Houzz Australia!

How can a side project turn in to a bustling community of 40 million people with 25 million unique monthly visitors? 55% of Houzz users are in the United States but other markets are also growing. In the United Kingdom, the app has 2 million users and continues to grow. In Australia, as of August 2015, the app had over 700,000 unique users – only one year after launch. What is behind these incredible numbers?


What Makes Houzz So Popular?

What’s so appealing about Houzz? Well for starters, it currently features over 12 million photos to browse, so it’s vast database helps homeowners gain inspiration for their own homes.Houzz is also home to 3 million home professionals available to hire.

One of the most useful aspects of Houzz is how homeowners can use images from it to communicate with designers how they want their home to look. It can be hard for your average homeowner to articulate this without using pictures and if they find a suitable image on Houzz it makes communicating their intentions to a professional much easier. While homeowners may be able to imagine how they want a room in their home to look, it’s an entirely different story explaining the idea clearly to a professional.

Think of it like this, if a designer asked you if you’d like coffered ceilings you probably wouldn’t know what to say, but if you saw this ceiling in a picture you would know if you wanted it or not – that’s the power of Houzz. For example, when homeowners contact us about our range of plantation shutters we can show them images of all the different types of shutters to help them make a decision, but for an entire room it can be difficult for people to describe clearly how they want everything in it to look.


Houzz: About the Founders

The story of how a husband and wife team become a tech super couple is a fascinating one and it all began when they met by chance on a holiday in Thailand.

 

Adi Tatarko Alon Cohen
CEO President

 

Combined Net Worth: $500 million
  • Adi and Alon met when they sat next to each other on a 15-hour bus journey from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
  • They founded Houzz when they had difficulties finding inspiration for remodelling their own home.
  • The couple came up with the idea for Houzz at their kitchen table.


Houzz History: Key Milestones

 

  • Houzz launched in February 2009.
  • In November 2010, Houzz raised an important $2 million in financing.
  • In December 2011, Houzz raised an additional $11.6 million.
  • Because of the success of the iOS app, which had been downloaded 5 million times, Houzz launched an Android app in December 2012.
  • In January 2013, Houzz raised further financing of $35 million to develop Houzz Pro +.
  • In July 2014, the UK version of Houzz was launched, and in August 2014 the Australian version was launched.
  • In October 2014, a further $165 million was raised in financing to help with Houzz’s international expansion.
  • In November 2014, Houzz France and Houzz Germany was launched, and in April 2015 Houzz Japan was launched.


Houzz: What the Media Says

“The Wikipedia of interior and exterior design”.
CNN

“Houzz is a mighty door-opener”
Forbes

“Online start-up Houzz taps tech to reinvent design industry”
CNBC

“The A-to-Z of home remodelling and design”
Bloomberg TV

Houzz:Video Inspiration

Check out this video from Adi Tatarko. She explains how she grew the business and how she initially tested the concept by working with other parents in a localised area. The video provides an interesting insight in to how a small group of people eventually turned in to a community of 40 million people. She also provides a good analysis of the reasons for the boom in the home improvement industry around the world.

 

 

If you haven’t used Houzz this video will give you a good overview of how to get started. It explains how you can pin designs you may want to refer to later and how to navigate the website. It’s a very helpful tutorial for people who aren’t too familiar with Houzz.

 

 

Check out this compilation of 72 great bathtub views from Houzz. If this doesn’t make you want to upgrade your setup we don’t know what will! What view do you have from your bathtub?

 

 

Check out this compilation from Houzz of beautiful homes from around the world for some inspiration. Some great designs in here!

 


Houzz: The Future

story of Houzz

Houzz continues to grow and recently won the best app award at the inaugural google play awards, beating out popular apps like Buzzfeed News in the process. All winning apps were chosen by a team of experts at Google and were rated on several factors including app quality and innovation. Houzz winning this award shows how hard they are working to ensure every aspect of their business is running effectively. Houzz doesn’t just have a good app – it has the best app.

A great new feature of Houzz allows you to buy the items you see by clicking on the photos which has the potential to change how people shop and design their homes forever. Imagine having what you see in someone else’s home with one click – that’s what Houzz has the potential to do.