English designer William Morris told us to only have an item in our homes if it was beautiful or functional. YP NextHome says don’t have an app in your phone unless it is fun and functional!
If you’re about to launch a reno, there are plenty of apps that fit the bill and that can help you navigate everything from the best use of natural light to basic carpentry. Ranging from free to the price of a cappuccino and biscotti, here are our picks for the top reno apps.
This app lets you know if your walls are straight and surfaces are level, and it can also help you figure out angles for tricky reno jobs. Your smartphone becomes a carpentry tool kit with two types of levels, a plumb bob, a ruler, and a protractor. The iHandy Carpenter app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Never again will you jot down proportions only to find out that when you meet your contractor the only piece of paper you can locate is your shopping list or that your writing is illegible. With Photo Measures, you can take a photograph of the room you’re working on, write measurements on top of it, and save it on your phone for easy sharing with your contractor. Designed for iPhone and Android.
Seeing what that great lamp or rug will look like in your renovated bedroom or living room whets your appetite to get the job done. Autodesk Homestyler combines fun and practicality, allowing you to try out top quality 3D furnishing, fixtures and soft goods in your reno. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
One of the best out there for floor plans, this flexible app allows for metric and imperial measurements and the ability to send ideas to others on your reno project via the app or email. It’s great for getting creative before meeting your contractors.
Track the sun and how natural light will appear in your new reno. This app provides practical information on winter and summer sunlight, plus the direction of natural light, all to help you decide where to place workspaces, windows, or artwork. You can use it on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.