Apps for Architects: 12 Handy Digital Tools for Home Design

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Remodeling your house, decorating a room or designing an entire structure gets a lot easier with a range of mobile apps that let you draw to scale, save measurements on top of photos, access thousands of inspirational images and more. These 12 handy tools will ensure that you ever buy a piece of furniture that’s too big for your space, lose the ideas you scrawled on paper or stand around staring at bedding wondering whether it’ll clash with your drapes again.

Photo Measures
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Save measurements right on your photos with the Photo Measures app. Snap images of rooms or objects and immediately save their exact dimensions so you can be sure whether furniture will fit in a given space, or give contractors all the info they need for a renovation.

Phaidon Design Classics
Architect Apps PHaidon Design Classics

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You can buy the 10-inch-thick Phaidon Design Classics book for $175, or just get the iPad app for $19.99. Either option will give you access to 1,000 iconic design projects, but the app is definitely more portable. It’s a handy reference for anyone trying to style an interior, providing visuals for everything from Eames chairs to antique glassware.

Architect Apps Remodelista

Sort through thousands of inspirational interior design images, save them to your own customized folders and share them with the Remodelista app for iPad, iPHone and Android. It puts the entire archive of posts at your fingertips, along with a list of products featured in each post.

Architect Apps Penultimate

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Want the ease and comfort of writing on paper, with the search functions and shareability of digital? The Penultimate app is a replacement for your physical notebook, allowing you to write and sketch with a stylus. Even better, you’ll never lose another important note again – everything you create in the app is synched to your Evernote account automatically so you can view, search and share them across a range of devices.