What better way to prepare your Frederick home for sale or redesign a home than by trying out every possible combination of paint, flooring materials, countertops, fixtures, appliances and furniture? It is now possible to view a large number of decorating options by working with the free design software offered on many home-store web sites, as well as other cloud-based tools for homeowners.
Virtual Remodeling and Redecorating
Home Depot, Lowes, IKEA and other major retailers offer on-line visitors the opportunity to experiment without ever leaving the comfort of their home or office chair.
On the Home Depot website, fledgling designers can virtually remodel every room of a home, from bedroom to bathroom to kitchen. While in the kitchen, the homeowner can combine paint colors with cabinet and flooring options. Appliances can be added in white, black or stainless, with a choice of white, black, honey, cherry or espresso cabinets. Top it all of with spa blue or ebony countertops and you might just have your brand new kitchen. Or you might have created a kitchen nightmare. In which case, you simply direct your mouse to start over again.
The same principle applies when it comes to bathrooms, bedrooms, living and dining rooms. The software provides opportunities to create color palettes, save design schemes and even order paint, floor coverings and other products on-line.
On the IKEA website, the Kitchen Planner Tool allows a kitchen to be created from dimensions the user supplies. This kitchen remodeling software also allows users to add and remove cabinets, change drawer fronts and handles, replace the work tops and appliances. Once the design is complete, the final plans can be emailed to IKEA’s Home Shopping Kitchen Consultants who will review the plan and provide information on appliances, sink, faucets, countertop and interior fittings.
The Google website offers a free design tool that allows users to create 3D virtual models of any room in a home, including bathroom, kitchen and living area. the program, Google SketchUp, projects rooms from different angles and the angles can be changed at any point. A home can even be viewed from the outside looking in. The elements library provides templates for couches, beds and kitchen tables to see how they look within the layout. Other features of Google Sketch Up include creating blueprints of the designs, and printing out layouts to take to a contractor or hardware store.
On the General Electric website, do-it-yourselfers can choose a kitchen that most closely resembles their own from a variety of kitchen design photos. The kitchen can be reassembled from the floor up, and colors and product options are many. Clicking on a appliance or other kitchen feature brings up information about each model.
Using Lowe’s Virtual Room Designer, reinventing a home on-line is made simple. Users have the choice of redesigning a room from scratch or using one of the room templates that is available through the software. The redesigned rooms can be viewed from a variety of angles and perspectives. The fninal designs can be saved and printed.
On the Better Homes and Garden website, free software is available not just for room planning, but to help sculpt the landscape of front and back yards. The software, Plan-a-Garden, allows the homeowner to design anything from a patio-side container garden to the entire yard. Utilizing the “drag-and-drop” method, users can select and view more than 150 trees, shrubs, and flowers for their landscape. Dozens of structures like buildings, sheds, fences, decks — even a pond can also be added to the picture. The software then allows the designs to be printed to take to home centers and garden stores.
Thanks to David Goldberg for a great guest post. David Goldberg is our home inspector of choice, we’ve been referring our buyer clients to David for over 18 years. He’s the best:)
David Goldberg – Home Inspector
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