Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

There's an App for That Project; with Apps for Almost Everything, Renovating Has Never Been Easier. Here Are 10 of the Best

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

There's an App for That Project; with Apps for Almost Everything, Renovating Has Never Been Easier. Here Are 10 of the Best

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IN a world where the expression athere's an app for that'' is almost a clichA[c], it's important to be able to find the best apps for your purpose.

So for those who are brave enough to commit to a renovation, here are 10 of the best apps that will help inform and maybe even entertain you throughout your project.

Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer ($5.49)

As the cooler months roll on, it's apparent that maximising sunlight can make or break the sale of your home. So if you're planning to renovate for sale, it might be wise to plan your design in a way that maximises natural light.

Now that smartphones have a compass function, apps such as Sun Seeker are able to overlay the camera with additional information, including the solar path of the sun.

MagicPlan (free)

Using the camera function, MagicPlan measures and draws your floor plan. Simply stand in the centre of a room, point your camera at all four corners and you're done.

Home Design 3D ($8.49)

Home Design 3D is a level up from MagicPlan. Relative to other apps, it may seem a little expensive but, in essence, it's a slimmed-down version of PC software used by professional designers, which costs $43. You start by drawing up the rooms of your house before adding various items of furniture. You then hit the 3D button and you can fly through the property and view it from every angle. This allows you to work out what you like and, more importantly, what you might change. Give the free trial version a whirl and see what you think.

The Builder App (free)

You've drawn your concept, now it's time to bring in the professionals. Specific to Australia, the Builder App puts renovators in contact with both tradies and suppliers. The coolest feature of this app is the aget quotesa function, which sends out a message to all the relevant tradies and suppliers within 25km, who then contact you with a quote.

Handy Man DIY ($1.99)

If you're a bit of a renegade and want to save money by doing the smaller jobs yourself, here's the app for you. …

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