While you might prefer to do things yourself around the house, there’s no reason you can’t go for a professional approach, and with so many tools and applications available for free online it’s easy to draw up plans and get everything fully prepared before starting a new project. There are all sorts of ways in which the internet can help you with the quality of your work – we’ve reviewed some of the best apps from this site and beyond, to give you an idea of what’s out there.
There is a wealth of floor-mapping tools on the internet, allowing you to make amazingly detailed 3D plans of your home without any prior skills necessary. Our favourite is Homestyler, which allows you to make high-quality plans that can be viewed as 2D blueprints or 3D renderings, and uses a huge range of manufacturers so you can choose exactly what you need for that room. A simple drag and drop system means you can place doors, windows, furniture, counters and electronics, and try moving furniture around to visualise your new project without the hassle of having to change things up in real life until you’re ready.
Colour and material home improvement apps
If you’re undertaking a smaller project, and don’t want to spend hours recreating a tiny replica of your home, there are a number of tools which will simply apply your chosen patterns, textures and colours to rooms in order to see how well they go together, saving you the time and hassle of having to collect different swatches. The UK based Topps Tiles website has launched an excellent visualizer which allows you to choose from their range of laminate flooring and also wall tiles to test different combinations. Others, such as Armstrong’s Design a Room, use the same principle but with furniture – so you can see if that cherry hardwood cabinetry will really go with the black slate floor tiles!
Planning home improvement app
For larger projects, there might be a large amount of planning necessary before you begin working on your home. Planning apps designed for DIY and interior decoration offer the advantage of containing prompts and sections specifically for your needs, such as the SmartDraw program, which includes a number of visual graphics and presentations such as flow charts and timelines to help you plan.
There are programs out there for home improvement lovers of any skill level, and the fact that they’re available for free gives you the perfect opportunity to play with them and try designing your ideal home – the perfect way to glean some inspiration for your next project!
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Do you have all your plans together but need someone to do the work? Then you should take a look at EiEi Home’s General Contractors.