From demolition to redesign, these apps will help you make the most of your home update.
So, you’re thinking of remodeling your home? Before you get started, we’ve got five apps that’ll help carry you through the whole home renovation process. There’s a lot to plan when it comes to remodeling, which can be thrilling , but also overwhelming. Save yourself from the anxiety: plan, process, and polish your dream project with these five must-have apps for home remodels.
Cover the Basics: Magic Plan
Start strong with your remodel by rounding out the parameters of your project — think blueprints. Magic Plan maps out your space, whether it’s a single room, an entire floor or the whole house. Enter the measurements of the space you’re working with, add in features and furniture and voila — you’ve got yourself a working layout. Seeing your home mapped out in front of you is a way to get yourself grounded in the project, whether you’re just beginning to consider remodeling your home or you’ve already mentally committed to the process.
You’ve outlined your space’s potential: great. Now it’s time to reconcile that potential with investment. Magic Plan will give you an in-app estimate, based on the data you’ve entered about your home. Interested in repainting? What about updating your plumbing, installing recessed lighting, or putting in new flooring? Magic Plan will do the number-crunching for you.
Seek Inspiration: Pinterest
If you’re somehow not already tapped into the universe of home decor, design, and remodel inspiration that is Pinterest — it’s time. Start by selecting topics that interest you (relevant choices might include Home Decor and Furniture).
The app allows you to “pin” posts you’d like to save. Now that you’ve nailed down the numbers and logistics, you’re positioned to make the most of it. Why not enlist the help of the internet?
Even simply searching “remodel inspiration” will bring you to a roster of photographic inspiration. Scroll before and after photos, glean creative added-storage strategies, and save posts that sprout ideas you might have never had otherwise.
Get Organized from Start to Finish: Punch List
Punch List makes it easy for independent contractors and homeowners to complete successful remodels together. With a simple app that offers messaging, photos, client approval of progress, and payment tracking, Punch List is the first modern tool for simple and efficient home remodeling.
For contractors, Punch List simplifies client communications and helps them get paid faster with quick and easy digital invoicing.
For homeowners, Punch List provides a real-time view into the status of their home remodel—gone are the days of feeling in the dark. Punch List offers them peace of mind with automatic invoices that are generated when each big task is completed, so the agreed-upon budget doesn’t go out the window.
Interior Design 101: Houzz
Maybe you just finished a major remodel, and you’re ready to take your home to the next level — or maybe a total remodel isn’t in the cards for you, but your space is in need of an update. Enter the interior (re)design process. And the Houzz app, of course.
Seek style inspiration from endless catalogue photographs spanning the spectrum of living, dining, and bedroom. Then shop furniture for each space from Houzz’s offerings in-app. And if you have a hard time making decisions, you’ll probably like Houzz’s augmented reality feature: simply take a photo of the room you’d like to redesign, click the ‘view in my room’ feature, and see for yourself.
You can also seek out advice from area professionals, complete with contact information and customer reviews. Looking for a landscape architect? How about a swimming pool builder? There’s a button for that.
Pick a New Shade: Project Color
Let’s talk about paint color. Whether you’re finally putting finishing touches on a newly remodeled spot or you’d like to give an old space a new feel, choosing the right shade for your room is an important step.
Repainting is a taxing process. You might layer on endless swaths of test colors and shuffle through a deck of card’s worth of paint samples and still end up with no real concept of what the color will look like on the walls. Skip the mess: Project Color from The Home Depot offers guides to the year’s most popular colors alongside digital workshops that’ll guide you through choosing color, tone, and sheen.
The app also includes tips for painting prep and has a convenient “color matching” feature. See a color you like? Take a photo of it, and the app will conjure up a similar paint color. Save yourself from splotchy walls and failed attempts to flip through to the evasive perfect shade—it’s as easy as that.