Online database crowdsources advice on building homes


An online database that features ready-made blueprints for houses has announced that it has acquired a technology that gives users an easy way to gather and share information on home building.

Houseplans’ recent acquisition of BO.LT provides users with a way to crowdsource aspects of the home design process once the online database application is integrated into the Houseplans website. Houseplans anticipates that the tool will help users save on their design costs and will simplify the planning and construction process.

Online database provides design ideas on a budget

“Our mission with is to leverage technology to bring architecture to everyone,” Houseplans CEO Jaime Roche said. “Our database of nearly 50,000 blueprints means those building or remodeling a home can incorporate amazing home design from top architects when designing from scratch is not in the budget.”

The BO.LT application will let users create virtual books in which they can keep architectural plans, images and documents in one place. Images of existing homes and of potential furnishings, fixtures and appliances can be stored there as well. The tool will give users the ability to ask others who use the online database about design details and collate their advice within the plans stored in the books.

New home sales have been steadily improving in recent months, as the housing market continues its recovery from the recent recession. New home sales rose 8 percent from July to August, according to CNN. About 421,00 newly constructed houses were purchased for the month, representing a 13 percent increase over the same month last year.


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