Houses of Friends

House Booking
Platform

Search for and book beautiful apartments from trusted property owners.

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Houses of Friends

Technology

Python
Django

Location

San Francisco

Team on project

Front-end Developer
Back-end Developer
UX/UI Designer

Case results

Houses of Friends gives you an opportunity to book unique places all over the world

500

bookings monthly

100%

secured payments

1000+

satisfied customers

Houses of friends product pitch

Product Pitch

Houses of Friends is a web application that allows you to book apartments as well as whole houses from trusted property owners. The platform enables users to search for locations available at a chosen date and time. They can also become a host after their account is verified by the system. Houses of Friends is integrated with a secured payment option ensuring the convenience of settlements.

Main features

Houses of Friends gives you an opportunity to book unique places all over the world

Booking system
implementation

Payment system
integration

Integration with
Google maps

Houses of Friends layout

"Houses of Friends is a really well‑thought‑out project that soon can outperform the market competition."

Piotr Groza
CEO, Idego

Background

Problem

Booking apartments should be easy and simple but when renting a place from someone we don’t know, it is always associated with some level of stress. That’s why we wanted to create an online platform that would allow safe booking and easy communication with a host. We also wanted to create a trusted community of property owners.

It is always more comfortable when we know something more about the location that we booked and the host of the place. The platform allows users to feel more secure and familiar with all the details of their stay before the trip.

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Process

The main idea of the booking platform was to display host profiles with all the information regarding the place they want to rent out. This way users would get as many details about the property as they need. And if they wanted to request more information they had to have an easy option to contact the property owner and discuss all the requirements of their stay.

The most important part was to make sure the hosts and the properties are verified before they are added to the platform. To prevent customers from any fraudulent activity, we had to ensure an effective verification process that one has to undergo to be able to place offers on the booking platform.

In order to allow safe payments for the stay, the platform had to be integrated with a secured payment system that would verify all the transactions. We also wanted to include several functionalities such as an integrated calendar, google maps access, and various filters to ease the searching. This way, users would enter a preferred location, time, or price range and find the perfect house much quicker.

Solution

As a result, we created Houses of Friends - a booking platform that allows users to discover amazing places all over the world.

Houses of Friends screens

Houses of Friends is a web application which you can use to:

Search for & book unique places

The dashboard is where users can search for properties, filtering the list by, for example, location, date preference, trip goal, or price. All the property information is in the property details section where one can read more about the place availability, different facilities, and the host reviews. From here users can easily book the place or request more details about the stay from the property owner.

Communicate with hosts

The Messages section is where users can communicate with hosts via chat. They can request more information about a given property or discuss the details of the stay.

Rate a host & the stay

To distinguish the best hosts, we added a feature that allows users to rate their stay and the property account. This also excludes hosts whose places do not meet the specifications listed on their profile. Each host profile includes the number of stars given by the community and the number of followers the account has.

Follow trusted accounts

The booking platform includes the Friends section where users can see all the property owners they follow and the ratings they have. Users can also save the properties they are interested in booking or trusted places they wish to visit again.

Become a host

Any user can become a host and make their property available for rent through the platform. Once all the information about the place is verified by the system, the host sets up their profile and property details, such as the price, as well as all the requirements ("pets allowed", "smokers not allowed", etc).

Houses of Friends: property owner

"The most important information for users is in the property details section. That’s why I made sure the section shows everything relevant for purchase, including the information about the host."

Jacek Żabicki
Product Designer

Project summary

We made sure Houses of Friends consists of all the functionalities that ensure convenience and safety of usage. The platform is now used by thousands of satisfied customers who generate up to 500 bookings monthly. With the secured payments and verified properties and hosts, Houses of Friends is the safest platform to book and rent apartments.

Houses of Friends: properties

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