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Carpenter? Designer? DIY? Look No Further Than Your iPhone!

The iPhone has changed how we look at our everyday world. There was once a time where you needed to go to the home improvement store to buy a level when hanging pictures or shelves in your home, or consult an expert in the paint department to devise what colour you think would match your favourite pillow. Now, you can look no further than your iPhone!
With the vast amount of apps available, you can be sure that whether you’re a carpenter, designer, or just a person who loves a little DIY, you’ll be able to find the right app to help you get the job done.
These apps can help you choose paint colours based on a flower that you love in your backyard, develop a floor plan for re-designing a room, and even calculate the amount of drywall you will need for a job. There’s even an app to help schedule and remind you when things need regular maintenance around the house, such as maintenance on your lawn mower and changing your furnace filter! Here are 11 great apps to get you started.

Color Capture by Benjamin Moore & Co (FREE – 2 star rating) lets people snap a picture of a colour inspiration and instantly find its match from Benjamin Moore’s more than 3,300 paint colours. You can save your pictures and their coordinating colours to your Favorites, browse through Benjamin Moore’s inspirational color cards, and even locate your nearest Benjamin Moore retailer.

Dream Home & Dream Home HD by Apalon ($0.99 – 3 star rating) are irreplaceable apps if you’re craving for changes in your house, don’t mind adding new colors into your interior design and you are not afraid of experiments with your living space. Both iPhone and iPad versions showcase various styles in the interior design through high-resolution photos. If you are looking for a traditional or unusual design for your bedroom or want to add some modern decor elements into your living room or any other room in your house, then Dream Home is here to inspire you and push your creativity beyond limits.

Drywall Calculator by Jeremy Breaux ($0.99 – 3 star rating) is a handy app that assists you in easily figuring out square footage of a room. Whether you want to calculate just the walls, ceiling or a slope (triangle,) or any combination of the above. After you input your dimensions, total square footage is figured and displayed, along with the number of 4′ x 8′  (8′ is the default, you can change to any length) drywall sheets you will need.

Eden Garden Designer by Herbaceous Software Inc. ($1.99 – 3 1/2 star rating)  lets you create and share beautiful virtual gardens. Start with one of the included gardens, ready for planting, or create your own through your iPhone’s camera or photo library with a picture of your own garden if you want to ‘design before you dig.’ Then choose a plant from the color, height, planting zone and climate categories in the Plant Library.  Once you have chosen your plant, simply tap on the garden where you want it to grow and watch your plant come to life in vivid, photorealistic colours. If you are just beginning or are a real green thumb, Eden Garden Designer lets you design beautiful gardens without having to learn expensive and complicated garden design software.  Eden is designed to be a delightful and useful tool for gardeners of all abilities and interests.

Handy Man DIY by Wowzer Software ($1.99 – 3 1/2 star rating) is a feature packed home improvement planner disigned to assist you in renovating your home by providing the information you need to complete a new project. Need to find out how much paint, flooring or trim you need? Enter in your room measurements and let Handy Man DIY to the math. Handy Man DIY also takes the guesswork out of shopping with prebuilt material lists for common household projects, or you can build your own. It also allows you to enter price information to estimate project cost.

Home Improvement Calcs by Double Dog Studios ($1.99 – 4 star rating) has over 115 do-it-yourself and home improvement calculations and unit conversions. Not just calculators but the ability save and open saved calculations and add calculators to a favorites list.  You can also email calculator inputs and results so you can easily share your calculations.  Search functionality enables you to quickly find the calculator you want. Current calculators include: Concrete & Bricks, Electrical, Framing, Heating & A/C, Interiors, Lumber & Materials, Miscellaneous, Yard, Area, Volume & Angle, Conversions, & Linear Measurement.

Home Maintenance by POJO Software Inc. ($4.99 – not yet rated) is an application that tracks the upkeep of your biggest investment—your home.   Home Maintenance alerts you to items in your home that need repair or inspection according to a schedule set by you.  Choose from the application’s predefined list of suggested items and how to care for them or create your own.  Maintain a service history for all items along with details of the repairman, cost and date last serviced.  Home Maintenance will automatically update your next service schedule and visually warn you when items are due for servicing.  You will never need to wonder when it was that you last replaced the shingles on the roof and you will know exactly how to prolong the life of your water heater so it doesn’t end up leaking all over your basement floor. This app is your one-stop shop for all your home’s maintenance needs.

iHandy Carpenter by iHandy Inc. ($1.99 – 4 star rating) is an app that is like having a ruler, protractor, bubble leveler, plumb bob, and surface leveler all in the palm of your hand. Whether you are hanging a picture and need the leveler, or you are mitering the corners of crown molding, this app is for you!

inchCALC by River Studio ($1.99 – 3 star rating) is an entry level construction calculator for people who work with the FEET – INCH – FRACTION dimensions used on common rulers and tape measures. inchCALC takes inputs directly in the same FEET – INCH – FRACTION units as tape measures & rulers, does the calculations, and displays the answers in the same units. Also available is inchCALC+ ($4.99 – 4 star rating) which is the PRO level version, and contains more features than inchCALC.

MagicPlan by Sensopia (FREE – 4 star rating) measures your rooms and draws your floor plan just by taking pictures. You can then get your floor plan in PDF, JPG and DXF format or publish an interactive floor plan on the web. With MagicPlan, everyone can create a floor plan in only a few minues.

Mark on Call – Home Design Interior Space Planning Tool by M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC. ($1.99 – 3 1/2 star rating) is an easy-to-use app that makes designing and space planning your room easy. It’s like having a personal product showroom with an on-call interior designer right at your fingertips. You can plan, preview and carry out your design visions while staying organized and within budget.

Delaying Home Repairs Can Hinder Rather Than Help


Homes aren’t meant to exist forever without flaw or intervention. They require maintenance, simple household repairs, improvements, and a little foresight.

It’s surprising how many of us put off or learn to live with minor hosuehold repairs. A leaky faucet for example, however simple to fix, can be easy to ‘learn to live with’ and keep a few extra dollars in your pocket. That being said, when the time comes to sell your home, these neglected repairs can stand out like a big neon warning sign to a potential home buyer!

The tendency to postpone or overlook small repairs if they don’t disrupt your day-to-day living brings with it a large “to-do list” when the time comes to put the For Sale sign up on your home. When that time does come, repairing large things like the roof or eliminating a leak in the basement make it to the top of a home owners to-do list, but when it’s time for a home inspection the minor things will show up as well.  With potential angst for the buyers, created by the inspector’s report, the best opportunity for selling your home might be lost due to small repairs that were known and left uncorrected.

Experts recommend that home owners keep at least $5000 in the bank for repairs that may show up in the home inspection, but just one issue like getting your electrical wiring up to code could eat up that entire amount.  This is just one of the reasons why it is in a home owners best interest to complete minor repairs as they happen instead of waiting until it’s time to put the home up for sale.

In addition to making sure that the home is in tip-top shape prior to putting it on the market, a homeowner should also consider upgrades that will help to entice a potential buyer.  Upgrades and enhancements could include changing the flooring, new paint, kitchen upgrades or changes like cabinet knobs, and making sure the lighting in the home will show it in its best possible light.

In today’s fluctuating housing market, home owners must do everything they can to help their home sell, from minor repairs to major fixes.  No matter how small the problem may seem to you, it could be the difference of a potential buyer making an offer or not!

New Website to List Reputable Contractors

Finding the right contractor to help renovate your home can sometimes be a daunting task! You must attempt to sort out which contractors are trustworthy, and stand behind their work from the ones that will leave you in shambles, with unnecessary bills for work that is not at all satisfactory or done to code.

A new database has been created to allow general contractors, custom builders, renovators and trade contractors to better connect with Canadian homeowners seeking their services. This new database can be found on the RenoMark™ website. Only members of RenoMark™ are listed in the database and these RenoMark™ members have agreed to abide by a strict Code of Conduct that includes the following:

  • Be a member in good standing of the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association (RRHBA).
  • Abide by the RRHBA Code Of Ethics 
  • Provide a detailed, written contract/scope of work for all jobs.
  • Offer a minimum two-year warranty on all work (excludes minor home repair).
  • Carry a minimum of $2 million liability insurance.
  • Have coverage for workplace safety and employers’ liability and/or work only with subcontractors who carry such coverage.
  • Carry applicable licenses and permits.
  • Maintain a professional level of knowledge of current building codes, permit procedures, and technical skills through continuing education.
  • Maintain a safe and organized worksite.
  • Return phone calls within two business days.

Only licensed renovators can use the RenoMark™ logo for their business, and that is only after they have met the mandatory criteria.

To learn more about RenoMark™, and how to hire a RenoMark™ approved contractor in your area, visit www.RenoMark.ca.