Houzz is a wonderful tool for Architects and homeowners who are thinking about building a new or remodeled home. One can find pretty much anything one’s heart desires and place it into an “idea book” for future reference. The photographs exemplify the owner’s tastes and dreams. Owners use their idea books as a source of items they would like in their homes. So what is wrong with this?
Actually nothing is wrong with making a file of things you like. The problem is how the “idea book” is used. Owners typically do not have experience with the process of designing a house. Houzz gives the owners the impression that design is the collage of different ideas into a structure. It is like grocery shopping: buy the items and serve them together for dinner. An architect uses the same process as a great chef. Creative thought is initially used in planning what type of meal will be created. What is the context of the meal? Will it be a quiet meal for two or a vibrant family gathering? What are the tastes and likes of the clients? What wine will be served with the meal? After many questions are asked and answered, the chef will start planning the menu. Much later ingredients will be selected, cooked and served.