PALO ALTO, CA – Houzz, the social media website for home renovation and design, has launched a “Sketch” feature within its app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app lets users select from eight million  photosm to test out home design options by placing any product from the Houzz Marketplace directly into their photo. Users can also annotate photos with a number of tools, including stickers, for easy communication. Sketch allows for real-time collaboration, where any number of people can simultaneously annotate the same photo. 

“People use the Houzz app at all stages of a home project, whether they’re looking for design inspiration, hiring a home professional, shopping, or collaborating with others through ideabooks,” said Alon Cohen, president and cofounder of Houzz. “We’re always looking for ways to make the home renovation and design process even more fun and productive. Sketch is a powerful new function in the Houzz app that enables people to add products from Houzz to any photo, and to communicate and collaborate more effectively through photos with their home professional or others involved in the project.”

The application lets users add products to a room photo, take notes directly on photos, note the dimensions of a room, or add architectural elements, such as drawing in a new picture window.

·        Get expressive with stickers -- Select from over 150 stickers to make quick and simple notes, and insert placeholders for products, materials and features.

·        Work with mood boards and floor plans -- Take charge of a design vision by selecting any of the two dozen available Sketch Canvases to create mood boards and floor plans in an easy and lightweight way.

·        Collaborate with multiple people on a single image – Save updated Sketches to Houzz ideabooks to easily share input and ideas with family, friends and professionals on a single image, at the same time. With push notifications, everyone stays up to speed whenever a Sketch is updated and multiple users can even make edits to a Sketch simultaneously.

From now until December 25, Houzz users are automatically entered to win the products they add to their Sketch, up to $1,000 in value. See the terms of the sweepstakes here.

The Houzz app for iPhone and iPad is available for free on the App Store or at www.AppStore.com/Houzz.