When the founders of Houzz, Adi and Alon, redesigned their home in San Francisco, they started the way these projects often do: with a tall stack of magazines and referrals for home professionals from people they knew. But when those piles of torn out pages failed to make their dream a reality, they felt stuck. There had to be a better way.

So they built Houzz. A place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too. Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world.

I have been writing for Houzz since it landed in the UK in 2015, covering a wide range of topics from large kitchen extensions to small space living. Find me on Houzz here.