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7 Apps to use while designing and building your new home

Whether you are building your first home, or you loved the process and are going back for more, planning and styling your home has never been easier. Make mismatched furniture and sample tins a thing of the past, with a selection of apps that will make building your home with us an even smoother process.

1. When Choosing Your Block of Land Sunseeker

Price: $12.99

Sunseeker is ideal for potential homebuyers assessing the pros and cons of a property and finding out the sun exposure of those properties you are considering. By using the iPhones built in GPS the 3D augmented reality camera overlay view; users can determine how the light will travel across the block of land throughout the day. Keen gardeners can begin planning from the very beginning by finding best planting locations for current and seasonal sun exposure and assessing the soil type of the block of land.

Sunseeker App Screenshots
2. When Choosing The Right NeighbourhoodDomain

Price: Free

Moving to a new part of town? See how close to amenities your preferred block is before you buy. View properties in interactive maps, and get directions there. Parks and shopping centres are easy to find, and use it to check you are within the catchment area for your preferred schools. The Domain app is a useful tool that comes with a complimentary ‘Mortgage Calculator’ to calculate your repayments.

Domain App Screenshot
3. Choosing Your House DesignHome Design 3D

Price: $8.99

With more than 11 million users, the Home Design 3D app provides a quick and easy way to help visualise your home design dreams. Home Design 3D is that perfect balance between ease of use and extensive features.

During the process of choosing your floorplan and room layouts from any of our house designs, import any plan (architectural or hand-drawn) and display it on the background of the project. The day/night function will show you where the light will fall at different times of the day and by simply dragging and dropping, make your choice from among hundreds of objects and pieces of furniture and joinery to change both the interior and exterior visuals to your taste. Insert benchtops and carpets so you can see the visual impact of our ‘standard’ inclusions as compared to what other builders call ‘extras’.

Still can’t choose your design? Home Design 3D allows you to share your floorplans via Dropbox, so you can ask family and friends for their input before you make your final decisions.

Home design 3D app
4. For Interior Design InspirationHouzz Interior Design Ideas

Price: Free

Whether you’re going for rambling country style on acreage or minimalist and contemporary in the city, Houzz Interior Design Ideas allows users to search photos by budget, style and room. With over 5,000,000 high-resolution photos to browse this app is the largest database of home ideas on the net.

Save photos to your virtual idea book, upload photos or even shop for products in this collaborative platform that allows users to connect with top-rated designers and professionals who can help you with your design dilemmas.

Home design apps - Houzz
5. More Interior Design Inspiration – Pinterest

Price: Free

Save those good things you discover surfing the web all in one place. Used for more than simply house perving, this app allows you to find and visually bookmark creative ideas for your new home such as: Interior designs, home decorating, great home organisation ideas and hacks, natural cleaning tips, recipes to cook, garden and outdoor entertaining area designs, and more.

Pinterest App Screenshots
6. Building & Getting Ready to MovePhoto Measures

No need to carry around scraps of papers and house layouts everywhere, now you can make sure your furniture will fit in your new home, before you move – all by using your phone.

This app allows you to always have your house dimensions on hand. Simply take a snap of the room and then directly draw the measurements over the photo. Easily organise your photos by category, or room type to make shopping for your new furniture a breeze.

Photo Measures App Screenshots
7. Getting Set UpiHandy Carpenter

Price: $2.49

Can’t find the toolbox? Never mind, iHandy Carpenter is your virtual tool kit with five handy tools for making sure artworks, floors and walls are level. With a combined plumb bob, protractor, bubble spirit level, ruler and surface level in your back pocket you will get your home decorated in no time.

Before you talk to your chosen builder, it’s a good idea to make as many of the decisions as you can, so that when you meet with the builder you can focus on the details that need their input. Using some of these handy apps will make your initial consultations even easier and get you the best the design to suit your needs.

While you’re here, check out our ever-growing range of contemporary home designs. Use the ‘filter’ tool on our website to narrow down your search quickly to get to styles that will suit your family.

Alternatively, give us a call on 1300 100 922 and we’ll be happy to talk you through the designs, and make a time for you to visit our showroom. Alternatively you can use our online contact form to get in touch.