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Home Design and Home Improvement apps for your phone

Now you can increase your home design and home improvement skills simply by tapping your phone. There are so many apps on the market (free or at a small cost) that go a long way to making your home decorating and home improvement projects easier.

 

Homestyler Interior Design

Now you can see how furniture and décor products look in your home before you buy.  Homestyler let’s you visualize interior design ideas simply by snapping a photo of your space to transform your iPhone or iPad into a virtual fitting room. Try out wall colours, décor items, and furniture products. Read about latest trends in how-to articles, get ideas and find inspiration from stunning interior design projects done by professional designers. The app allows you to place high-quality 3D models of real furniture products in your rooms to try out new ideas.

TapPainter

Take the guesswork out of choosing interior paint colours and discover a fun way to explore and visualize rooms repainted in new colours. The app is designed to be your digital room color assistant. TapPainter analyzes the change in lighting across interior walls, preserves the lighting as is, and adjusts the colour brightness based on the actual lighting in the room. This is far superior to simply adjusting the colour within the image and allows you to see the difference between each color shade.

With TapPainter you can enter a colour code from a paint swatch, choose a colour from selected paint brand or mix your own custom colour which can be converted to a closest available paint colour in a brand you choose.

Builder's Helper

This is an advanced, feature-rich, intuitive and user-friendly construction app. One that is capable of handling even the most demanding construction projects. It offers easy-to-use layout and features and can be used by an experienced tradesman or novice DIYer. You can even keep important notes within one tap of your calculator, supporting multiple pages and exporting to PDF.

Delux Stairs

Create the perfect staircase with a single measurement, or modify a design to fit the space. This app has an easy to use and understand, graphical interface. Simply enter the total rise and the app calculates total run (base length or overall run), pitch (angle or slope), unit run (goings or tread), unit rise (rise or step height), and all other measurements. You can then adjust the total run to fit your available space or preferred tread materials. Delux Stairs fine-tunes the stringer to accommodate for differences in flooring thicknesses such as the tread thickness and upper and lower finished flooring. This ensures every step is identical, which is the difference between clumsy, dangerous, amateur stairs and professional-quality, comfortable, code-compliant stairs. Additional stair details, such as nosing, riser thickness and stringer dimensions are also calculated and adjustable. Blueprint plans can be emailed in PDF which include platform position options, stringer peak positions, bottom step rise adjustments, top step run adjustments, and more.

With Home Design 3D, designing and changing your home has never been so intuitive and quick. Whether you want to redecorate, redesign or create the home of your dreams, Home Design 3D is the perfect app for you! In 2D, you can draw rooms, create openings, and now add single and small walls. You can just as easily change the height or the thickness of the walls, the shape of the room itself, and its orientation. Import any plan (architectural or hand-drawn) and display it on the background of the project.

Upgrade to 3D mode and get the most out of your project. Thanks to its all-new 3D engine, you can take a look at an impressive photo-realistic preview of your project.

Spirit Level Pro

A professional grade angle measurement tool that can be used for picture alignment, roof pitch calculation and angle measurement. Swipe your finger to change to bubble level. This is the first level / inclinometer app to offer logging of valuable data. You can store individual values, or you can set an interval and let the application record every movement. You can even send the results to any email you want, using an in-app email client. The app can display the value in angles, percentages, rise over run, roof pitch and radians.

Home Design 3D For Dummies

This app helps you create 2D blueprint design layouts of your projects, virtually furnish them, and see the results in 3D. It offers detailed and complete do-it-yourself fact sheets that walk you through the steps to take on improvements and repairs yourself. Written by real-world experts, these sheets guide you through your renovation projects. Whether you're looking to paint, work on your floor, or build a partition, the For Dummies sheets can help! And the explain everything in a clear and concise fashion that will empower you no matter what your level of DIY expertise.

MagicPlan

This app measures your rooms and draws your floor plan just by taking pictures. Simply add objects, annotations, and attributes to create an indoor map. You can then share your map for free with any MagicPlan user, or pay to get it in PDF, JPG, DXF, PNG, SVG and CSV formats, as well as publish an interactive map on the web.

RoomScan

 RoomScan draws floor plans all by itself - just touch each wall with your phone! The free version of RoomScan is great for scanning single rooms, and RoomScan Pro is available with more advanced features. RoomScan can draw floor plans of L-shaped and complex rooms just as easily as small rectangular rooms. • Measurements are estimated to the nearest 10cm.

FloorplanFinder

 This is a great app to pan, zoom and navigate through your floor plans. It’s also a great resource when you are looking for inspiration. Discover beautiful, clever and crazy floor plans by searching the database with over 6 million floor plans, all available in 2D and 3D.

EasyMeasure

 An app that displays the distance to objects seen through the camera lens of your iPhone or iPad. Simply aim your iPhone/iPad to any object in your surroundings, and EasyMeasure displays the distance towards that object on top of the camera image. With its amazing 3D camera overlay grid, using EasyMeasure is very intuitive and easy. EasyMeasure uses the height of the camera lens and its tilt angle to calculate the distance to the object.

Spirit Level Made Simple

Check easily whether a surface is level or not using your device. No need for calibration (if you do need a calibration you can use the quick calibration button). The app offers the ability to control the level reading by supporting different sensitivities and sound follows the bubble positions for easier control and level awareness.

Houzz

Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 5 million high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual idea book — it's the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save, and share. Experience Houzz as an iPad app and save your photos locally for offline access.

Building Materials Estimating Calculator

The Building Materials Estimating app will help you save time and money on any building project. Quickly and easily calculate material quantities, costs and allowances. Work in and convert between feet, inches, fractions, yards and metric. The app includes built-in answers for materials and spacing - you get exactly what you need with built-in function keys and cost and percent functions.

Concrete Estimator

 Simply key in the thickness, length and width of the concrete area and tap calculate to see the results. Optionally, key in the known material price, labour hours and labour rate per hour to calculate the material and labor values. Results include materials needed, material and labor price along with Wastage factor results. Configure Metric or US Standard Units of measure as needed, key in the wastage factor, store the default labor rate in the configuration screen.

Tiles and Skirting Calculator

Choose the type of surface or border tile sizes. You can key in the labour hours, labour rate and the price of each tile. Tap Calculate button at the top to see the results. On the Board screen calculate the base board dimensions. Key in the different dimensions. Choose the room dimensions and the door measurements to calculate the materials required for the skirting or trim.

 

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