By Candis Meredith
It’s definitely no secret that I love old houses, and I’m a big fan of keeping them as close to their original style as possible. Because I’m so into these living pieces of history, a lot of people are surprised when I pull out my smartphone to take notes, work on my designs, or do any number of other things for one of our renovations. It does seem a little ironic to use the most modern technology around to do historically accurate restorations and renovations, doesn’t it?
Well, whether you’re restoring a historic home, updating an investment property, or just doing some renovations on your own home, mobile tech can be a huge help. While the concept might seem a bit ironic, you can’t argue with how much these apps can make your life and your job easier and more fun.
Available for free in the iTunes store, Remodelista is a real must-have when you’re working on the design end of a remodeling project. With this app, you can browse through architectural designs, product roundups, remodeling ideas, and more. According to the New York Times, Remodelista is “a sourcebook for interior design at a time when many shelter magazines […] have fallen by the wayside.” In other words, if you need inspiration, you can get it with just a few swipes on your phone.
This one is incredibly helpful when you start to lay out designs for your contractors. Just by taking pictures of the rooms in your house with your phone, you can use MagicPlan to create accurate floor plans. Then you can use the app to combine rooms for a larger diagram of the house, which helps when you’re changing floor plans and layouts. MagicPlan is available in the iTunes store and from Google Play, so you can use it whether you have an iPhone, iPad, or an Android device.
iHandy Carpenter is one of the best apps that any home renovator with an iPhone can download. With this app, you can turn your phone or iPad into five different (and really handy) tools:
• Bubble level bar
• Surface level
• Plumb bob
Not too long ago, if I needed to know if a floor or wall was level, I would have to go out to the truck to get my toolbox. Now, I just grab my phone from my purse, and I’m ready to go. When it comes time to do the actual work, I’ll still let Andy and our subcontractors get the real tools out, but when we’re looking at a house to buy or when I’m planning a remodeling project, it’s great to use my phone instead.
Finally, there’s Kitchens, one of my favorite apps of all time. You already know how important kitchen renovations are when you sell a house, right? Well, if you want to get the latest and coolest ideas for any kitchen remodeling job, you really should download this app. It’s a great tool for inspiration, and it’s helped me avoid some really bad design mistakes, too.
So there you go! Those are my four favorite apps that I think anyone should have if they want to remodel an old home the right way. You can use these apps to make your life easier and to help streamline the remodeling process. They’re great for getting inspiration, creating plans, and making sure that everything in your home fits together well. I love them, and I hope you enjoy using them, too!