Users flip through more than one billion photos on Houzz apps every month, and spend over an hour a month on average on the Houzz app. Today we’re thrilled to introduce Sketch, an entirely new function within the free Houzz app for iPhone® and iPad® devices, that enhances the most popular (and addictive) features of our app – photos and ideabooks. With Sketch, users can communicate more easily through photos and add products from the Houzz Marketplace to any photo. The feature is optimized for the 12.9-inch Retina display on the iPad Pro™ making Houzz photos look even more brilliant, with Apple Pencil™ support.
Sketch was developed based on feedback from our community, and as a tool to enhance the experience on Houzz. Homeowners use the Houzz app at every stage of a home project – whether they’re decorating a small room on a budget or building a custom home and everything in between. Home professionals (contractors, designers, architects, and more) use the app to communicate and collaborate with their clients, as well as with vendors and subcontractors on the jobsite. Sketch enables homeowners to be more specific about what they want, and enriches collaboration with pros and others on Houzz by allowing multiple people to simultaneously annotate the same photo.
We listened to our community to develop many of Sketch’s features. For example, we noticed that many people post hand-drawn floor plans in our Advice section to get input from the community on their design decisions. Now users can select from two dozen Sketch Canvases to create mood boards and floor plans in an easy and lightweight way. People told us they wanted to be able to mark what they like in a photo. With Sketch, users can write notes or select from over 150 stickers to express what they feel about a photo and what they’d like to do for their own design.
You can read more about Sketch features here. From now until December 25th, Houzz users are automatically entered to win the products they add to their Sketch, up to $1,000 in value. See terms of sweepstakes here.