Doing DIY? These apps may help

Ryan Boyd
Doing DIY? These apps may help

There’s an immense sense of satisfaction to be gained from taking on a renovation job by yourself. The catch is you may not quite know all the ins and outs of a job.

Luckily though, like everything in life, there’s an app for that.


Tool Box and iCarpenterCarpenter

Every DIY projects starts with a well-stocked toolbox, which is what iOS’s iCarpenter and Android’s Tool Box aim to replicate in digital form.

Featuring spirit level, protractor, compass, and a whole host of other useful features, this is sure to empty some space in the garage.

Availability: iOS (iCarpenter) and Android (Tool Box)

Cost: Both free

SEE ALSO: Renovation ready - getting your money sorted before you start


Home 3DHome 3D

Home 3D lets you build a 3D model of your renovation area, then play around with different designs, moving windows, adding furniture, and changing floor and wall coverings.

First you build the layout, adding and positioning rooms in your floor plan, then the interior, placing furniture, fixtures and appliances in each of the rooms, and finally take a 3D virtual tour of your dream home and set the materials for the floors and walls.

Availability: iOS

Cost: US$3.99


DIY CementCement

If you’re new to cement work, it can be tough to figure out exactly how much you need and how to use it properly.

DIY Cement’s tutorials teach you how to do everything from laying a patio to building a barbecue and fixing fence posts, as well as the basics like mixing.

Availability: iOS

Cost: Free


Handy Man DIYHandy Man

Handy Man DIY packs plenty of features in to help renovating homes easy by providing plenty of detailed how to videos and instructions. It also works like a project manager, so you can use it to keep on top of any aspect of your renovation.

Need to find out how much paint, flooring or trim you need? Enter in your room measurements and let Handy Man DIY do the math.

Availability: iOS

Cost: $2.59


HomeZada Homezada

A job project manager in your pocket, HomeZada is free app that lets you set timelines, forecast spending to ensure you stick to budget, and tick off tasks as you complete them.

The app also helps manage other household headaches, like insurance and maintenance, so you can keep using it once the renovations are complete.

Availability: iOS and Android

Cost: Free



MagicPlan helps you easily measure room dimensions to create floor plans, complete with doors, windows and furniture through your phone’s camera.

Available on both Android and iOS, there are free and paid versions, the app boasts no need to measure, draw, or move furniture.

Availability: iOS and Android

Cost: Free and paid versions available

SEE ALSO: Renovation ready - getting your money sorted before you start


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