All About Houzz

Whozz on Houzz?

So, you Tweet on Twitter, Hangout on Google+ Hangouts, and Pin on Pinterest. I won't even ask about Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, or Blab. But are you on Houzz? If not, why not? For those engaged in the design community, with over 35 million unique views per month, Houzz could become your #1 source of new business!

Houzz

Here's how Houzz describes its business:

Houzz has built a marketplace for home products and professional services. By integrating content, community and commerce, and by bringing all industry players together (service providers, homeowners, manufacturers, brands, etc.), Houzz has created an ecosystem for home renovation and design.

If you're business is related to architecture, home building, home renovation, improvement, or design, then Houzz could easily become your best social media tool. Houzz has a very holistic approach to the industry and to running a social platform. Here are the fundamental elements of the Houzz business model:

  • Photo Database
  • IdeaBooks
  • Editorial Content
  • Professional Directory

Though Houzz started as a mobile app, and still gets extraordinary wide use in the mobile environment, Houzz has become the overall largest website and online community in the home design, decorating, and improvement industry regardless of platform.

If you're already using Houzz, please leave us a note in the comments section describing your Houzz experience. How long have you been on Houzz? How are you using Houzz? Are you making new connections, getting views, engaging with contemporaries in your field? Share your experiences with us. We'd love to hear from you.


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Frank Lloyd Wright Home vs. Arcadia District

 

Controversy over Frank Lloyd Wright Home

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In 1952, an 84 year-old Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home in the Arcadia District of Phoenix for one of his son's and daughter-in-law. Recently, the home was purchased by attorney Zach Rawling who grew up nearby. His purchase most likely saved the house from being bulldozed. Rawling subsequently set up The David and Gladys Wright Foundation to preserve the house and open it for tours as a museum. If plans are approved, Rawling intends to deed the house and property over to the foundaton.

After purchasing some adjacent properties in an effort to create an appropriate surrounding, Rawling also leased offsite parking from a nearby church. Additionally, he is proposing an event center, gift shop, and café. All are undergound, to help preserve the grounds.

Nevertheless, some of the neighbors are unhappy. In particular, Peter Sperling, the son of University of Phoenix founder, is conducting an active campaign opposing the project. Evidently, he's OK with preserving the house for the neighborhood, just not with letting the rest of us have an opportunity to visit. In a letter to the Arizona Republic. Sperling writes about Frank Lloyd Wright's desire to blend into the “natural beauty.” I don't know whether he's referring to all the native citrus trees or the sprawling homes of Phoenix's Arcadia District:

“His gorgeous works did more than just fit in with the existing land and environment — they exalted them. He did not construct buildings to stick out of nearby mountains like sore thumbs, but rather to blend into them and reflect the natural beauty that existed there already.”

Of course, perhaps Wright's most famous and loved building is The Guggenheim Museum in New York City which hardly blends into the “natural beauty” of Manhattan's Upper Eastside.

NYC-Guggenheim

The Wright House in Arcadia is a stunning home, but it can hardly be claimed that this house blends into the neighborhood. Neighbors, while thankful that Rawling saved the house from destruction, are primarily concerned about what its commercialization will mean. It will be interesting to see if the community and Rawling and his foundation will find common ground. Utlimately, the city will determine whether they are going to issue the permits necessary to proceed with the project.


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Builder Distributors

What is a builder distributor? Why should you care?

Answers from one of Arizona's Largest.

Production home builders, custom home builders, architects, designers, and other members of the construction trade need wholesale builder distributors for much of their supply chain in order to complete their projects on budget and on time. But WHAT OR WHO IS A BUILDER DISTRIBUTOR? To answer this question, we've created a checklist. To really be a builder distributor, your supplier should be able to meet most, if not all, of the criteria on the checklist at the bottom of this page.

QUICK TIP: One test to assess whether a firm fits the description of a contract distributor is to find out how the company describes itself. Look for clues in their name such as words like wholesale, distributor, builder, contract, supply, or supplier in the company name. Check the About Us heading of their webpage. You may be surprised to find that there are some leading so called distributors in town with websites that don't mention their connection to the contract side of the business.

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Builder Distributor Checklist:

  • Offers products and brands that the contractor or trade professional needs.
  • Maintains a warehouse facility to store and distribute products.
  • Has a fleet of trucks and drivers dedicated to delivering the products to the jobsite.
  • Employs trained installers.
  • Has billing capabilities.
  • Provides adequate showrooms open to the trade.
  • Can supply references from other contractors.
  • Member in good standing of key builder organizations: HBACA and/or SAHBA.

  • Works with the design community where applicable NARI, ASID, NKBA, etc.
  • Has a dedicated outside sales staff.

Don't make it hard on yourself by having a haphazard and ill-conceived supply chain. Review this checklist and assess your business relationships with your suppliers. Make sure you're trade partners have the capabilities that you need for the future and are a good match for your business model.

Call or visit the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply to find out how they can serve your business needs.


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How To Pre-Plan For Moving — Get a Jump On Moving Day!

Moving is such a daunting task. It requires money, time, energy, and patience. The process is basically an enormous to-do list that starts with an intention and does not end until every last item has been placed inside your new home.  Thinking about a move from start to finish is a bit overwhelming so it’s a good idea to tackle it in segments. Start with pre-planning. Here are several tips for getting ahead.

  • Locate or buy boxes. To save money, ask your friends. They often have boxes left over after their own move, but haven’t gotten around to getting rid of them. Also check with stores. Sometimes retailers will let you have their empty boxes.
  • Purchase plenty of shipping tape. It’s really annoying to be in the zone with packing then run out of tape.
  • Gather newspapers for wrapping breakables. Look around your house for other spare materials such as tissue paper, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, etc
  • Purchase Sharpie markers. Go with wide tipped markers. They will make it easy to label the box in big bold letters. Plan to label multiple sides of the box so you don’t have to search all over the box to find out what’s in it.
  • Go through every room where you currently live and extract anything you don’t need. Throw away or recycle anything that can’t be repurposed. Create a pile of items that can be donated and a pile that can be sold.  Locate a local service to pick up your donations, or you can save them the gas costs and drop them off. Schedule a yard sale or list the higher quality items for sale online.
  • Decide if you’d like to paint the space you’re moving into. If so, plan to find out if you can go in and paint a few days before the move. It’s much easier to paint an empty room, and this way you can budget for the paint costs and time it will take to paint.
  • Find help with moving. This includes help with actual moving and borrowing things like large vehicles, dollies and blankets. Ask friends and family, or hire a reputable company. Consider specialty items. For instance, items like grandfather clocks and mirrors require special handling.
  • Hire a maid service to clean the space you move out of. Who wants to go back and clean the old place after moving into the new one?

That should get you started! Leave us a comment with your worst pre-move planning story!

Arizona Wholesale Supply Customers Talk

Trade Partners and their customers love Arizona Wholesale Supply!

Read what Arizona Wholesale Supply customers have to say about their experiences, then find out for yourself! Whether it's hombuilders or their buyers – designers or their clients, at Arizona Wholesale Supply customers reign supreme. Here are a few comments excerpted from the Arizona Wholesale Supply testimonial page:

We’ve been working with Arizona Wholesale for the past 5 years. They exemplify what a great partnership is all about. Together we have developed processes that have made our business operations more efficient and successful. Their Design Center incorporates not only their own products and services, but also products from other AV Homes Trade Partners. This has resulted in a better experience for our Homebuyers, and an increased capture in upgrades. AZW has always catered to our needs as a Homebuilder. We look forward to continued success together in the coming years. – Ken Kulinowski | Vice President of Purchasing | AV Homes

Thank you Arizona Wholesale for another great buying experience. This our 4th house renovation, and each time you have supplied all of our appliances – Harry and Marcia F.

As new home purchasers at Canta Mia homes by Vitalla, Goodyear, AZ, we have had the pleasure, on three separate occasions, of spending time and resources with your associate, Ms. Monika Herrmann, Design Consultant, as our home is being built. Ms. Herrmann should be awarded for a job well done! Customer service is an attitude, not a procedure-and she deserves our sincerest appreciation Mr. and Mrs. Roger C.

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Dorado Designs works on projects ranging from kitchen remodels to design and construction of new homes. Over the last four years, Arizona Wholesale has demonstrated to us that they care about us and our clientele. We receive quotes and specifications in a timely fashion. Furthermore, our customers enjoy the product knowledge that the salespeople have. Specifically Arizona Wholesale’s sales staff is very willing and able to explain the features and benefits that should be considered when selecting appliances for a project. We feel as though it is great for our customers to experience the personal attention and expertise that Arizona Wholesale offers – Elizabeth Spangler | CEO | Dorado Designs

 

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Arizona Wholesale Supply Testimonials

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7 things to do this weekend

Have Fun This Weekend. Phoenix – Scottsdale – Mesa

 

 

1. Mesa Pow Wow. The powwow draws hundreds of dancers from across the United States and some from Canada. Up to 80 Native American artisans attend, offering traditional jewelry and other items for sale. Several food vendors will be on hand, serving such Native fare.

The powwow begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a free concert featuring the Native American musical group Clan/Destine II. Saturday’s and Sunday’s events begin with a gourd dance at 11 a.m. The grand entry, during which all the dancers perform together, occurs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a second grand entry at 7 p.m. Saturday.

2. Carn-Evil. The sleek W Scottsdale turns into a nightmarish carnival for one night. Encounter possessed carnies, looking stilt walkers, freaky performers as you make your way through the WET Deck. Guests are invited to play carnival games, drink spooky creations and hear chilling tunes.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. W Scottsdale Hotel and Residences, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. $25. 602-405-0099, wscottsdaletickets.com.

3. Zombie-Walk. When the zombie apocalypse comes, most of us won’t be ready. Check out Zombie Walk 4 in downtown Phoenix Oct. 27, 2012

4. Harvest Festival Original Arts and Craft Show at Phoenix Convention Center. The largest indoor art and craft show returns to Phoenix after a short break. Shop 24,000 handmade American products of jewelry, turned wood, ceramics, pottery, original art, clothing and much more.

Enjoy all-day stage and strolling entertainment along with a kids activity center. There's something for everyone so you won't want to miss it.

5. Heard Museum Annual Fall Sale. Get a jump on holiday shopping – and check out the bargains – at the Heard Museum Shops Annual Fall Sale.This twice-yearly shopping event offers discounts on the finest authentic American Indian artwork.

6. The Great Pumpkin Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden. This fall, visit the Desert Botanical Garden for four days of pumpkin fun where children and adults alike can experience a weekend festival that brings the true feel of autumn to the desert.

7. Shop for Appliances On-line at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Arizona Wholesale Supply will be open On-line so you can find all the major appliances you're looking for right from the comfort of your home. Then call or visit us Monday through Friday for the best prices.

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Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow

Carn-Evil

Zombie-Walk 4

Harvest Festival

Heard Museum Annual Fall Sale.

The Great Pumpkin Festival

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Thing to do this Weekend in Tucson and S. Ariz.

5 Things to do in Tucson and Southern AZ this weekend.

 

Pumpkins

 

1. Apple Annie's Arizona Centennial Corn Maze. Apple Annie's Produce and Pumpkins opens 15 acres of corn and more than six miles of pathways for this maze with three levels of difficulty.

Apple Annie's Corn Maze

2. Old Tucson. Does your average haunted house leave you wanting? Come to the only ONE REAL HAUNTED TOWN… NIGHTFALL! Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with 3 outrageous live shows, 3 disturbing haunts, and the super-cool KRQ Demon’s Den presided over by DJ DU! PLUS the Ringmaster, Pappy Scrap, hideous live characters, and the Gargoyles. Indulge your senses with lethal libations like the new “snot shot”, monstrous munchies like turkey legs, and searing souvenirs.

 

3. Nightmare on Congress. 5 BANDS, 2 STAGES, DJ'S, FREE ZOMBIE FACE PAINT, BIG MONEY COSTUME CONTEST AND OUR FIRST EVER HAUNTED HOUSE! (8PM/21+/$8 ADV $10 DOS).

 

4. Not-so-Spooky Halloween. The Children's Museum Tucson hosts trick-or-treating stations, Halloween craft projects and games, a costume contest and other not-so-spooky Halloween fun for the little ones.

 

5. Shop for Appliances On-line at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Arizona Wholesale Supply will be open On-line so you can find all the major appliances you're looking for right from the comfort of your home. Then call or visit us Monday through Friday for the best prices.

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Apple Annie's

Real Haunted Town

Nightmare

Not-so-Spooky

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Explore our “What I Like” Quiz

Are you ready for a new look for your home but not sure what direction to take? Or maybe you like a lot of different styles but can’t narrow down your choices. You might want to take a few minutes to try out our What I Like Quiz.

Created by our design and decorating experts, this interactive quiz consists of ten questions that ask you to choose your favorites from photos of various rooms and accessories. In a few minutes you will learn more about your home decor preferences. Every style has its own appeal, so there are no wrong answers.

Are you drawn to modern furniture? You may prefer the Urban Chic style. Accessories are minimized and furnishings have clean lines and an almost industrial feel. You may want your home to reflect the style of a city loft or include some Art Deco elements. Check out our style description for more insights.

Maybe you like a more traditional, formal approach. Consider the Stately Elegance style. Classic lines and a focus on refined luxury work together to create a look that is timeless and tasteful. You are drawn to the furnishings and accessories of the past, with rich colors and warm wood tones.

Would you like your home to echo a European heritage? Do you love Mediterranean furniture with distressed wood? If you prefer brocades and tapestries and want your home to reflect a warm casual elegance, then the Italian Impressions style may be for you.

Are you in love with the ocean? If you want your home to feel like you’re living on the beach, you may want to take a look at the Seaside Simplicity style, born in New England, where weathered homes stayed simple and airy. Outdoor and indoor spaces mesh, with porches and patios part of the total home. Whites and sun-washed colors make up the color palette.

If your secret dream is a home in the woods and you are drawn to anything that resembles natural elements, you may be connected to the Rustic Reflections style. Linked to the Arts and Crafts movement, you have a desire to bring the outdoors inside with organic materials. Natural stone, turned wood bowls and pottery join various unique handmade finds to build the accessories for your home.

Take a few minutes and check out the quiz, available on our website at http://www.arizonawholesalesupply.com/designcenter/whatilike.aspx. Let us help you determine which style, or combination of styles, appeals to you the most. And then come in for a visit and let our designers help you make your style dreams come true.

Happy Happy Hour

 

Happy Hour at the Arizona Wholesale Scottsdale Showroom hosted by Designers Circle. What a great way to start the month of May. These guys know how to throw a party! Here’s Brad King from B&B Marketing with Rick Green from Sales and Management Training.

Lon Olson of Arizona Wholesale and the smiling Jeannie Lusk of Interior Difference smile for the camera.

 

Brenda Leonard of Arizona Wholesale enjoys some of the refreshments in the SubZero/Wolf Living Kitchen.

Mark Schnese cooked up some awesome pork tenderloin while Jeff Smith enjoyed a cool one. Both are from Arizona Wholesale.

The crowd enjoyed the outdoor environment, but the beautiful new firepit will have to wait for fall to get some use.

 

 

Stay Connected – Join Us

As industry conditions begin to improve it’s important to stay engaged or if need be to “re-engage”. One way to keep connected is to attend one or more of the frequent trade events that Arizona Wholesale Supply hosts each month. Here’s an example:

 

Dacor recently conducted a Lunch and Learn activity at the AZ Wholesale Scottsdale showroom. Fifteen attendees from the designer and builder community enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Dacor Chef Linda Martin. District Manager J.C. Abbey reviewed the key points of the Dacor brand and answered questions from the group. As a gift, J.C. gave each attendee a deluxe cookbook featuring convection recipes.

 

Dacor is a U.S. based company, founded in 1965 and still owned by the Joseph family. Though Dacor offers a complete line of major appliances, they specialize in cooking and ventilation products. Dacor has recently expanded their offering to include high performance appliances for a wide range of budgets. This means economy minded customers can save money without sacrificing Dacor style and craftsmanship.

 

For more information on appliances or the schedule of events at Arizona Wholesale visit our website: www.arizonawholesalesupply.com or call us today at Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596 0092, Tucson 520 795-4663