Perhaps the hardest part of going through with a home addition is getting started. In the beginning, before the plans have been made, the fixtures chosen and the layouts conceptualized, the sheer number of possibilities and open-ended, unanswered questions can be daunting. Some homeowners may even turn away from this kind of project simply because the prospect can be so overwhelming. Luckily, there are a number of online tools that can help interested homeowners get started on the path to a successful home addition.
See My Design
One of toughest things about designing a home addition is visualizing the way a space will function once it’s added on to your home. Will there be enough room for your furniture? Will the dimensions be adequate? Will there be enough floor space for you to move around freely? Does the closet provide enough storage space to contain your many belongings?
The website seemydesign.com allows users to create layouts from their home computers. These layouts can help you visualize the placement of the furniture, as well as the positions of windows and doors. See My Design allows you to make a print out of your findings and email it to yourself, your architect or your client.
See My Design also provides a tool that allows you to decorate an interior space with wall paper, furniture, blinds and flooring of your choice. This will help you get a sense of the way a room will really look when all your ideas come together in one location.
Prime Draft Construction Budget Tool
It’s not enough to know what you want the room to look like. Equally important, if not more important, is to find out how far your budget can go. The Prime Draft construction budget tool shows you how much money you can dedicate to each aspect of the home addition project.
This can help keep your project in perspective and set boundaries for your architect and your contractor. Knowing how much money can be spent on each part of the construction can guide you when choosing materials and construction methods. You can get a copy of the Prime Draft construction budget tool online here.
Armstrong Design Tools
Armstrong Design Tools allows users to swap in and out paint colors, flooring materials, stone tile and other aspects of a room to see how it will look when all is said and done. This can be helpful for anyone still trying to decide between hardwood floors or carpet, brick or river rock, granite or soapstone and more.
Armstrong design tools allow users to choose between a variety different room types and layouts, so they can work with a design that more closely matches the way they envision their home addition turning out.
Homestyler.com provides visitors to their website with a number of free tools. Included among these tools are floor plans. This resource can be helpful for people who have a hard time envisioning blue prints and the way a functional house should be laid out.
Home Styler also allows visitors to their site to envision what could be in their future home additions by cleverly allowing users to insert 3 dimensional models of furniture, light fixtures and other products in empty rooms. This can help homeowners decide what their completed spaces will look like, and may provide a source of inspiration while in the planning stages.
This clever website also provides portfolio pages, a design gallery, and, like Houzz and other designer websites, will link the users with a large database of professionals so they can find a professional in their area.