Planning to build a new home or renovate an existing home? These 8 apps can help you get started. Keep reading to find out how!


Houzz’s free app is a great starting point when it comes to designing your dream home. The app features an extensive library of design ideas, creative concepts, and even product reviews. The best part? Houzz makes it easy to connect with professionals located in your area including home builders and architects.

Palette Cam

If you struggle with creating a color palette for your new home, Palette Cam is just what you need. This free app helps you create color palettes inspired by your everyday life. Using photos, the app generates HEX and RGB codes (color codes) for each shade. Those codes can then be used to select paint, furniture, and decor.

Home Design 3D

When designing your dream home, picturing the outcome can be difficult. That is unless you have the Home Design 3D app to create a 3D model of your home. It’s as easy as drawing in your floor plan and playing with different ideas until you find the one you like best. Tear down walls, see how furniture looks, and try out decor without the commitment!

iHandy Carpenter

While this app isn’t free, the $2.99 price tag is worth it considering how handy this app really is. With iHandy Carpenter, you have a protractor, ruler, bubble leveler, plumb bob, and surface leveler right in the palm of your hand.

Home Outside

You can’t forget the exterior when designing your dream home, especially when it comes to landscaping. Use the Home Outside app to create a landscape design that complements your home. For $4.99, this app lets you see how different elements, such as trees, pools, patios, and driveways look before finalizing your exterior design plan.

iScape – Landscape Designs

The free iScape app makes it easy to visualize your home’s finished landscape before construction even starts. Like Home Outside, you can easily test out different landscape elements to see how they will look around the exterior of your home.

Rapid Reno Mate

Every project, big or small, needs a project manager. Rapid Reno Mate, designed by Rapid Renovation Expert, Naomi Findlay, is just that. With this free app, you can easily plan multiple projects, track your budget, find products, and browse for inspiration.


Everybody loves a good trend but sometimes, actually committing to one is easier said than done. With RoOomy, you can try out a variety of trends before you buy. This free app has the biggest selection of 3D furniture products and uses augmented reality so you can view each product in your own room. Once you find something you like, the app will connect you directly to the retailer to make a purchase.

While apps are a great place to start when designing your dream home, nothing can beat one-on-one guidance from an expert. With that in mind, the Morning Star Builders team would love to help you with your custom home or renovation project. Get in touch to find out more!