Augumented reality lets you dream big with virtual renovations

Walter S. Timmons

Houzz has recently introduced a new Augmented Reality (AR) feature for 3D floor plans in Houzz Pro. Using their current home as a backdrop, users can go on a virtual tour in the app to preview a renovated design.

Houzz Pro is a subscription-based app for home renovation and design aimed at professionals. The app allows you to network with the Houzz community, which includes more than 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts. Also on the platform are 2.7 million home renovation and design professionals around the world, including architects, interior designers, contractors and landscape professionals.

“At Houzz, we’re focused on building technologies that make the home renovation and design experience more productive and enjoyable for industry professionals and their clients,” said Alon Cohen, Houzz co-founder and president. “Visual tools empower pros to easily communicate their vision for a project to clients. Now, we’ve created a true AR-enabled experience for residential construction and design pros to immerse their clients in a proposed renovation or redesign and better visualise how their space will be transformed.”

The 3D Floor Plan tool, included with any subscription to Houzz Pro, can be used to generate an AR version of a created design. This virtual walkthrough can help designers communicate the value of making major changes to a home, such as adding or removing walls, windows, cabinets or islands. Homeowners can see for themselves how proposed products and materials, such as benchtops and furniture, will fit within their homes.

Video demonstration of the AR feature

The 3D Floor Plan tool can currently be tried without charge by creating a free Houzz Pro account.

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