Whether you’re replacing your countertops or redoing your bathroom, your smartphone can be an invaluable tool. Whether you’re repainting your master bedroom or retiling your kitchen backsplash, apps can help, by integrating facets of your smartphone’s existing features, like your camera, your GPS, your storage and your touchscreen.
The Houzz app is a great starter app if you’re just getting into home renovation. Much like the website itself, it allows you to peruse endless pages of home décor inspiration, while also delving into detailed information such as specific materials used and connecting you with the interior designers and architects behind your favourite builds. The app allows you to create a look book of your preferred designs and with the “sketch” feature, you can make annotations and notes directly on your photos.
Using the existing photo software on your smartphone, MagicPlan will create professional-level floor plans and work estimates for you, clearly annotated with the dimensions and measurements of your space. As an added feature, you can then purchase your plans through the app in PDF, JPG, DXF, PNG, SVG or CSV formats.
This app, which is a must for anyone embarking on a DIY construction project, comes with a complete construction calculator, tested by professional contractors and homeowners for capability and accuracy. Using this app, you can determine estimates for materials – like wood, asphalt, concrete and tiles – or for time, using the time tracking feature. This app is also equipped with a square-footage calculator.
Founded in 2012, the Handy app gives you access to tried and trusted professionals for common household services. The app’s features include matching you with a handyman who can help with your specific needs, a quick and easy 60-second booking process, a secure payment system, and a 100 percent money back guarantee.
In addition to letting you scan the barcodes on the paint chips you get in store, and being able to see it applied to virtual sample rooms, the ColourSnap app also allows you to match colours from photos you take with your smartphone to hues in the Sherwin-Williams colour database.