Appy Renovating - The Lowdown on Digital Renovation Apps

April 28, 2017
Lisa Stromborg

Like most things, DIY has gone digital with smartphone and android apps giving would-be renovators a helping hand on everything from colour matching, measurements to sourcing a tradie. We take a look at some of the most useful design and renovation apps to make the DIY load a little lighter.

Colour Match Apps
Most of us have been there ..... seen a house with just the perfect colour scheme and no idea how to recreate it? Now, thanks to paint colour matching apps, all you need do is take a photo with your phone and the colour matching  app can match the colour with one of their paint colours. The app may also suggest similar and complementary colours to create your own colour scheme.

Interior Design Apps
These apps let you test-drive décor items, from paint colours to light fixtures to furniture, before you buy them. They turn a photo of your room into a virtual space, which you can decorate with products from actual brands. Depending on the app, you can even leave some of your existing décor in the picture to see how new items work with old.  A must try!

Floorplan Apps
You can create a floorplan for any room. It may take a little practise but once you master it, you'll be whipping up a professional floorplan, with accurate measurements, in minutes.

Surface Level App
Turn your phone into a tool that checks if a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). Very handy, simple and incredibly useful.

Carpenter Apps
Put away the calculator and let a carpenter-designed app do the maths for you. These apps are designed to make carpentry an easy job and could save you significant dollars and distress by helping you work out joist spacings, rafter lengths and even concrete quantities.

Handyman Cut List Apps
Another tradie-inspired tool to take the guess work out of your cut lists, avoid waste and save you unnecessary trips to the hardware store. Depending on the app, they may show  the kind of material needed for each part; how much to use; length; width and thickness of the material; and any special notes on what needs to be done.

For $3, you can enter your room dimensions and let the app calculate how much material you need, including wallpaper, floorboards and paint. You can even use it outdoors to work out how much mulch you need on the garden.

Surplus Building Material Apps
Avoid waste or cash in on someone else’s with this app that gives you access to building materials surplus online. Search through what others are selling or create your own listing. Simply snap a photo on your phone, describe your goods and name your price.

Garden Design Apps
Get your green thumbs going to design your garden and keep it lush. Map out the yard with the a garden visualiser app and find out what to plant and when. There are also plenty of tips to ward off weeds, pests and diseases and you can receive timely reminders to help care for your plants.  Must get this!

Tradie Help Apps
Need to call in an expert? There are service-matching apps that help find the right person for the job. Take a photo of the task at hand, describe what you need, hit send and the apps list your job with local service providers. You can also review tradies’ credentials and feedback from other customers and connect with a provider directly.  Very handy.

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