The most important step in renovating your home occurs before the renovation process even begins: planning! Having a solid plan helps you minimize unknown problems and expenses, and in the age where there seems to be an app for everything, planning has never been easier. These free mobile phone apps will help you prepare and visualize your home renovation project. Some of these apps are free and some cost money, but all of them are cheaper than hiring a designer.
Planner 5D is an amazing software application that allows you to design, furnish, and decorate a digital version of your home. This intuitive app lets you draw and plot rooms in both 2D and 3D, and lets you change the heights and thickness of walls, create corners, and add fully resizable doors and windows. Home Design 3D also gives you thousands of pieces of furniture and accessories to choose from, allowing you to plan out every aspect of your home remodel before you even google a contractor.
The free version of the app gives you a limited catalog of furnishing items to choose from, while the paid version allows you to access over 3000 items and removes the ads. Whether you choose either option, this app is a great way to play with renovation ideas.
This iOS app gives you a floor plan by simply touching your phone against each wall. Another feature of the app uses your phone’s camera to scan your floor and accurately add walls. Roomscan Pro is also compatible with laser distance measurers to maximize accuracy. If you’re looking for a simple tool that will give you accurate measurements of every room in your home, this app is the first place to look.
Similar to Roomscan Pro, Magicplan is another app that helps you create professional floor plans by taking pictures. The main reason we include both apps in this list is because Magicplan is also available on Android, rather than exclusive to iOS like Roomscan Pro. While both apps are incredible tools, you’ll have to spend a little more money to access all of Magicplan’s features.
Home Improvement Calcs or Handyman Calculator
These apps are exclusive to iOS and Android respectively, and allow you to calculate and convert whatever measurements you come across while preparing for your home renovation. Home Improvement calcs is $1.99 on iOS, while Handyman Calculator is free on Android.
Pinterest is one of the most popular social media platforms today, and for good reason. Its picture-focused format and endless number of tags and categories make it the perfect place to find ideas and inspiration for almost any aspect of your project. Whether you want to see different color schemes, floor plans, fixtures and furnishings, or DIY design solutions, Pinterest will give you thousands of results that allow you to pick and choose ideas.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas
This app serves the same purpose as Pinterest while being focused specifically around home design. You’ll be able to browse over 16 million high resolution photos to collect ideas from, read articles written by design experts, and shop for more than 10 million products and materials that you’ll see featured throughout the app. There are also social features that allow you to chat with other users to discuss home design and renovation, as well as get advice and feedback from the Houzz community.
This list barely scratches the surface of different home remodeling apps that you can utilize while planning your home remodel, and each one serves the purpose of making your life a little bit easier. If you need any advice for planning your renovation, or have finished planning and want move on to the next step, contact Divine Home Remodeling today for a free quote!