If you have steered clear of remodeling your home because you lack the know-how to effectively plan the bigger tasks, you’re in luck. The mobile revolution has officially arrived in the land of home improvement. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, there are now iOS apps that perform interior design functions. Yes, it’s true; your phone is now your own private architect.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Developer: Houzz Inc.
Description: This app is a photo bank containing over 150K images of various interiors, including kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. It even contains ideas for exteriors like pools and decks. The app has tabs with suggestions for different materials and furnishings as well as access to input from professional designers.
Developer: M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC
Description: Mark on Call maps out everything about a space beforehand. This app focuses on accurate dimensions, flooring, furniture, paint colors, and fabrics. Designed by a professional interior designer, it allows you to arrange things exactly the way you envision them, making sure you know if your vision is feasible before you actually get started.
Carpet and Floors Calculators
Developer: Suresh Desu
Description: This is an easy-to-use flooring calculator that prices out carpet or tile floors based on square footage and price per square foot. You just punch in the numbers, and the app does the rest, eliminating guesswork and making the trip to the local hardware store much easier. You can know exactly what you’re getting before you even walk in!
Developer: Benjamin Moore & Co
Description: This app by Benjamin Moore can compare a photograph of any color to a database of over 3,000 tints and shades. It tells you exactly what to get. No more guess work, and no more hoping that the guy at the hardware store gets the mix right.
Developer: iHandy, Inc.
Description: This app contains everything you need. It’s basically a tool belt on your phone. For two bucks, you get a ruler, protractor, bubble leveler, plumb bob, and surface leveler all in one, all at the of your index finger. This app will come in handy for just about any aspect of a remodeling job.
GPS Pocket Tape Measure
Developer: Proctele AB
Description: You will, at some point, need to measure something – everything. Floor space, distance between objects, doorways, etc. To do this, you’ll need a tape measure. Since even “Free Pocket Tape Measure” costs a dollar now, consider Megatape instead. It is GPS powered and quite precise. All you do is tap to reset when switching between measurements. Very quick and easy!
Developer: Surpax Technology Inc.
Description: At some point, you may want better light for any number of reasons, from accurate color comparisons to dark wall recesses and corners. This flashlight app saves you the trouble of searching for an actual flashlight. Just point the phone as if you’re taking a picture. It amplifies the flash light on your phone and affords as much light as if you were outside.
Chris Turberville-Tully works with Purely Shutters, a home improvement company in England offering clients window shutters.