Take a digital approach to your next home and bath remodel

Undergoing a home redesign usually starts strong with a concept – maybe a theme or a color, or even one decorating item that you love – but the project often can slow down or stall completely when it comes to researching and finding additional materials or products to complete the design.

Luckily, there are now many digital tools and accessories available, making it easier for homeowners to undertake – and finish – a bathroom or kitchen remodel themselves, or to research their ideas ahead of time, and share them with a professional to speed the process along. Here are some of the latest digital tools available to help you choose products, finesse your design or even plan the entire project.

* Online shopping – Many brands are now putting their products on sale through online retailers, which makes it easy for a homeowner to view the item using a laptop computer right in the space that’s being redesigned.

* Planning tools – It can be hard to envision a finished room, which is why many companies can provide you with online planning tools to help you plan layouts and colors and coordinate all elements digitally.

* Researching ideas – Going to a store and mentally processing all the fixture options for both bathrooms and kitchens can be overwhelming. Trying to take in all the information – for example, for toilets, the style of flush, the amount of water used in each flush and the added extras – can take hours, especially if you don’t have any ideas on what your preferences are. There are now free apps available that will allow you to access information in one location.

* Save your notes – Many homeowners build a folder with ideas, pictures, notes, layouts and contact information to keep everything all together in one place. In this digital age save your ideas through a shared, online resource such as Google Drive.

With these digital tools literally right at your fingertips, you can sit back, relax and plan your kitchen or bathroom redesign quickly and easily. And once that part of the project is finished, it will be an easy thing to get started on the actual redesign work. Before you know it, your project will be finished, and you’ll be admiring and enjoying your handiwork.

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