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By Ann Moore-Spencer
LAST WEEK WE looked at Inspiration and Colour Apps.
The selection was by no means exhaustive or prescrip-
tive. It merely served to give you ideas about what is
available and to motivate you to begin your search for
your own technology enhanced decorating resources.
This week we will look at a few space planning and DIY
No need to own a level if all you need to do is hang cur-
tains or wall art. The iHandy App is free and is compatible
with Android, iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Other exam-
ples of digital level apps are the Spirit Level Pro, Power
Bubble and Bubble Level Apps, to name a few. Use them
to measure angles, check the horizontal and vertical align-
ment of your wall, furniture and your paintings, for in-
stance. For guaranteed accuracy, follow the instructions
to calibrate the app.
Construction and Decorating Calculators
Are you overwhelmed with all the calculations required
in renovation and construction: carpet, tiles, roof pitch,
tank capacity, air condition load, stairs, sod quantities,
paint, moulding, for instance? Are you frustrated by the
multiple trips you make to the hardware store to buy ad-
ditional tiles, paint or trim? If you are, then construction
calculators may be supportive. These Apps help you keep
track of measurements, material lists and tasks and can
be your project assistants.
Some Apps allow you to store your calculations and to
input prices so you can easily do estimates of the cost of
your project. Many have built in home improvement tips,
material assignment and/or step-by-step video and in-
structions for the relevant individual tasks. Yes, there are
Apps for that. Check out Handy Man DIY, Construction
Master Pro, Home DIY with Craig Phillips, Carpenter's
Helper Lite, Dewalt Mobile Pro, Home Improvement Cal-
culator, DIY Handyman Toolbox and Handyman Calcula-
tor. Find others by googling Construction Calculator Apps.
Quality measurements are at the core of good DIY proj-
ects. With measurements you know precisely where
things are, where they should be, their sizes, what space
is left, etc. Take measurements of your space; then, take
photos. Use your measurement app and add the dimen-
sions and notes directly to the photo. This is a handy and
mobile reminder of your room's dimensions. You can save
or email your annotated room. My Measures and Dimen-
sions, Photo Measures Lite and Dimensions Apps are
Space Planning and Visualization
From positioning just the right-sized sofa to developing
total room layouts in 3D, there are Apps for that. Can that
small bedroom fit all your furniture? Will that sofa in the
store fit in your living room layout? Input your room di-
mensions and the App will generate your floor plan, or a
3D rendering of your space; some Apps will even give you
a virtual walkthrough.
Enter the dimensions of your furniture and other ele-
ments in the room or of furniture you intend to purchase.
You can then virtually place and move around elements
in the room to determine the best fit. If you are consider-
ing renovating and adding a new space, these tools can
help you determine the right size and shape for your ad-
dition and experiment with different ways to add the
space to the existing structure and to test out the traffic
flow. In 3D renderings you can input wall colour, wall and
floor finishings, fittings and fabrics.
These Apps come with scores of preloaded libraries of
fixtures, finishes and furniture to make your visualisation
and virtual experience more realistic. Some Apps place
furniture from their catalogue or from your photo files
onto photos of your home. Frame your room in your
phone's camera view; drop in furniture from the App cat-
alogue. The furniture and fixtures appear to exist in your
room. Take a photo. You now have a record of what that
item would look like in your space.
Try before you buy. You cannot get more realistic than
that. Swap out elements: change the size, colour, location,
for instance, and see what you feel more comfortable
with. Some Apps come with decorating checklists, coach-
ing and tips to encourage a more professional result.
Standard or recommended scale and proportion toler-
ances are included in some Apps to ensure that you are
cued in to the best placements, setbacks and traffic flow.
UDecore, Home 3D, SketchBook Pro, Interior Design,
Home Design 3D, 3D Interior Room Design, SnapShow,
Home Interior Designer, Virtual Interior Design, Master-
Design Furnish, Build App Pro, Home Interior Layout De-
signer and Home Design Planning Tool are some options
available to you. All these Apps work on the Apple plat-
form and most work on Androids. Do some research and
see which one is right for you.
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