Re­design your ho use

Time A few hours You’ll need A house, a mea­sur­ing tape, a web browser

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Vi­su­al­is­ing how your house will look af­ter an en­thu­si­as­tic bout of DIY is tricky: for paint­ing, you can rely on small tester pots, but for big­ger changes such as tiling or lay­ing out a kitchen, you need a pretty good imag­i­na­tion.

Homestyler, from renowned de­sign de­vel­oper Au­toDesk (homestyler.com), gives you a far more in-depth and pre­cise view. You can start by lay­ing out a sim­ple square room, drag­ging the walls un­til they match your mea­sure­ments. Al­ter­na­tively, if you have the floor­plans for your house as a JPEG, GIF or PNG, you can up­load them as a back­ground and sim­ply draw your walls over the top. Win­dows, door­ways, stair­cases and sim­ple room open­ings can all be added with a sim­ple click-and-drag.

Once com­pleted, you can get to work, drag­ging and drop­ping from a (very) wide range of fur­ni­ture, paint colours, tiles and floor­ing, while Homestyler gives you the abil­ity to flip be­tween a top-down 2D view and a high-res­o­lu­tion 3D view. Sign­ing up gives you the abil­ity to save your de­signs, and you can ex­port 3D ren­ders of your work to give you and oth­ers an idea of your own ‘Grand De­sign’.

A nice touch is the in­clu­sion of mod­els of real-world prod­ucts: un­for­tu­nately these are ex­clu­sively Amer­i­can: we wait with bated breath for Ikea to get in­volved…

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