Apps for designing house plans by cell phone can be useful for students and architecture professionals. The experience offered by free services such as MagicPlan, Houzz and Planner 5D on Android and iPhone (iOS) devices allows users to create complete projects in a simple way. The tools available in the official App Store and Google Play app stores are also interesting for engineers and designers due to the multiplicity of functions that allow, for example, browsing decoration items.
Interested parties can optimize productions and make them at any time and place, according to their own availability. To help, the dnetc prepared the list below, which brings together five options of apps for designing houses and decorating environments, all available simultaneously on Google and Apple operating systems.
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MagiPlan is an application to draw house plans very complete. It brings tools to include objects in the house such as plumbing, stairs, toilets, doors and windows; add elevation to the walls; make a list with estimated construction costs; create fields not foreseen by the software, among other resources.
The platform can also scan existing house plans and features a brief tutorial that explains how to handle your phone to use this functionality. MagiPlan is free and in Portuguese with an intuitive and well-organized interface. Originally developed for the iOS system, the app now offers an Android version.
MagiPlan allows you to create house plans from scratch on your cell phone – Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
Home Design 3D is another application for designing houses. He brings a ready-made plan, created from the purpose of the residence (family, vacation home, loft, country house, luxury mansion, etc.). With the elaboration of the sketch, it is possible to make all kinds of adjustments so that the project is in accordance with the user’s taste.
The project can be viewed in 3D and, using the resource, the final result can be viewed more easily. The software can be downloaded and used for free on Android and iPhone, but the free version does not allow you to save projects, which is a disadvantage of the service for users looking for applications at no cost.
Home Design 3D brings a resource to visualize the house plan in a three-dimensional form – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Houzz is an app that allows you to search for furniture and decorative elements for the interior, in addition to creating the plant. The items are linked to stores and can be purchased directly through the platform, in principle. However, as the platform is foreign, the establishments are not present in Brazil.
At least, the interface is offered in English, but it is not at all impractical. On the contrary, Houzz is well organized and allows you to do complete projects in a few steps, with tools for coloring the wall, adding notes, saving ideas, etc. Usage is free and requires only login with Google account, Facebook or email.
Houzz brings tools to create houseplants and find decorative objects – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Planner 5D can be used to create single and multi-storey house and apartment projects. In addition to the floor plan, the user can choose the finish of walls, doors, windows, baseboards and other elements of the house. With this multiplicity of options, the user is able to obtain a scheme as close as possible to the desired result.
The platform’s great differential is the integration with Cardboard, cheap virtual reality glasses from Google. Who has the accessory can «walk inside the house» and have the feeling of being in a real environment. In addition to the iPhone and Android apps, Planner 5D is available for macOS and Windows, which allows interested parties to also use the service on the PC, through the desktop version.
5D Planner has integration with Google Cardboard to see plants in Virtual Reality – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
Whoever builds a house always needs furniture for the interior – and for that purpose, Roomle was developed. The app brings together a large catalog of furniture, lamps, decoration pieces and other household items, separated by room type, product purpose, brand, color and other parameters.
In this way, those interested can plan the structure of the enterprise through the platform and then apply a real decoration using native navigation. Originally created for the web, Roomle now has applications for Google and Apple mobile systems. In both cases, it is necessary to register on the platform and then confirm the email address.
Roomle is a decoration app with products for every room in the house – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
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