Many times we try and try to get our homes to look the way we want. It isn't always easy, but with the help of these online tools, you can try out different ideas before you buy the materials.
Armstrong Design Tools This site allows you to take a room in your home and change everything in it from wall color, to flooring, to seting furniture where you like it. Then you can get the opinions of others by sharing it.
Color-a-Room This site not only lets you change and work with colors inside your home. It also allows you to work with the exterior of your home. You can save your file and view it later to make changes or simply print it out and take it to the store with you.
Deck Designer This is a great all in one when you decide you want to tackle adding a "deck" to your home. It allows you to place the deck where ever you wish on your home and put added features such as railings, stairs and more. The benefit behind this site is you not only can print your project but you also get a materials list plus directions. And let's face it, who doesn't need directions?
Design Basics This name is an understatement. This site allows you to build a sketch of a home from start to finish or simply add onto your current home. Once you have finished and decided what suits your fancy, you can order blue prints.
Google SketchUp Pro 7 Google SketchUp Pro 7 is designed for those who want to create 3D models. It's also a handy tool when you want to design an addition to your home. The app asks you to input the area of your structure to ensure that all measurements are precise. It also applies colors and textures (of your choosing) to help you create a 3D representation of what you want to build.
HGTV.com If you like to watch "how to videos" to get the job done, this is a great site that has videos on any type of home improvement project you decide to tackle.
Paint Designer Ever wonder how much paint it will take to paint the inside or your home? How much will it truly cost you? Of better yet, what color will look best without buying all those pint size paint cans to try different colors. Well, this site allows you to pick colors and play around to see which one you like best. It gives you details on how much paint and an estimated cost.
PointclickHome PointClickHome, associated with the magazines Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home, boasts some outstanding resources for redecorating or remodeling your home. The site's remodeling guide gives you loads of information on topics ranging from flooring to cabinets for any room in the house. PointClickHome's "Room Finder" tool lets you sift through photos of classic, modern, and contemporary styles for any room
SeeMyDesign SeeMyDesign lets you create a room from scratch. You can arrange furniture, decide where to put doors, and even erect walls. If you want to paint a pre-existing room, you can input its dimensions and estimate the total cost of your project with the app's built-in calculator. It's a simple tool, but it's worth trying out.
So, when in doubt, use a little technology that will save you time and money!