Redesign your ho use
Time A few hours You’ll need A house, a measuring tape, a web browser
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…