5 Handy Home Improvement iPhone Apps You Can’t Do Without

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home improvement apps for iphoneWhether you’re looking to update a tired color scheme or engage in a more substantial interior redesign, there’s an iPhone app ready to make your next home improvement project easier than ever before. Below, we’ll look at 5 must-have apps for the DIY enthusiast.


houzz iphone appCost: Free

Described as “a digital look book for interior-decorating ideas” in the Washington Post, Houzz boasts over half a million high resolution photos browsable by style, room, and location. With so many beautiful design ideas just a fingertip’s swipe away, this app should be your first (and may be your only) stop for remodeling inspiration. Get App

Home Design 3D

home design 3dCost: $7.99

LiveCad’s Home Design 3D app brings your home renovation ideas to life with a 3D rendering of your creation. Choose the wall colors, room features, furniture, and more. With over 150 items and furniture available, it’s simple to create an accurate rendering of the room of your choice. Get App

iHandy Carpenter

ihandy carpenterCost: $1.99

When it comes time to get your hands dirty and start building, iHandy Carpenter is the perfect pocket companion to help achieve professional results. This app isn’t just a one tricky pony; included are five professional carpentry tools that deliver on accuracy and results. Get App

Included tools:

Plumb Bob
Surface Level
Bubble Level Bar
Steel Protractor
Steel Ruler

In addition to its real world functionality, the individual tools are also gorgeously rendered, making this app a steal for $1.99.

Handy Man DIY

handy man diyCost: $1.99

When it comes time to plan the nuts and bolts of your home improvement project, Handy Man DIY allows you to select from preset material lists or to create your own. Entering item costs allows you to create your own project estimates.

Other features include the ability to store room details and dimensions, calculate the amount of trim or moulding needed, and keep track of notes as you complete your projects. Need a helping hand? Visit the How To section for included videos and text instructions. Get App

ColorSmart by BEHR

colorsmartCost: Free

While this app is limited to selecting colors of BEHR paints, ColorSmart has been consistently highly rated by its users, which is not always the case for other paint brands’ iPhone apps. Match the color of an object, plant, or anything else you can imagine — simply take a photo and then tap the area you wish to match.

When you’re ready to go to the store, use the calculator to determine how much paint you’ll need to complete your project. Also included is a store locator, though BEHR paints are currently only sold at The Home Depot, so this feature may only be helpful if you’re new to the area. Get App

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