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Users of the Houzz app can harness augmented reality for testing new floors

The View in My Room 3D application enables Houzz users to test out floor design options in AR. The new offering will let homeowners, prospective buyers and sellers visualise how their floors would look like once they are redone. Houzz is offering its free application My Room 3D for the Android and iOS platforms. The app which has been around for two years has recently received a significant update that enables users to test different flooring templates within the Houzz database. Users of the application will also be able to check out estimated flooring costs instantly, based on room sizes.

Sally Hung, head of visual technologies at Houzz spoke regarding the development in a statement. She emphasised that users will be able to witness the difference between imagining a particular tile within a room and watching the tile laid out through augmented reality.

The View in My Room 3D application is mainly for consumers, but Huang remarked that it can also be utilised by real estate agents as well, to perform instant staging to assist prospective home buyers to make the right purchase decisions. It can also be used to give sellers an idea about what designs can improve a home’s value.

To give examples of how appearances and materials impact property deals, the real estate database service provider Zillow has stated that having a blue bathroom is likely to ramp up a buyer offer by $5,000. HomeLight has also revealed data pointing out that as much as 54 percent of buyers might be interested to spend higher on a property with either natural or imitation wood flooring.

In her statement made to Inman, Huang revealed that the augmented reality tool is available for use within the Houzz application. Agents can use the app for conveying design concepts to clients.

Users who are interested in using the View in My Room 3D AR feature must have the Houzz application installed on their iOS and Android devices. After they select a three-dimensional tiling project from the app’s marketplace, they can check out how it would look within their spaces by selecting the  ‘view in my room’ option. The app will prompt users to get two scans done.

The steps to using Houzz’s VR tile feature

The first scan deals with automatic detection of the orientation and location of a floor. The second scan prompts users to position points at every corner. Following the completion of these steps, the application provides an accurate measurement of the room.

Image via Houzz

 

If a user sees a tile they are happy with, clicking on the ‘measurement’ option at the bottom corner of the application gives them the cost estimate. Estimates received by users are inclusive of a ten percent waste buffer, considering the possibilities of some tiles being broken or damaged.

 

Buyers are able to add tiles they prefer to their carts, and also have the option to save it to their own board, known as the Houzz ideabook. Designs can also be shared by users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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