Top iPhone Apps for Home Improvement Professionals

We have received great feedback about our Lighting Library iPhone App, which was released in April.  (If you haven’t already checked it out, you can download it here).  Since so many people found the Lighting Library app helpful, we decided to compile a list of the most useful, intuitive, and cost-effective iPhone apps for home improvement professionals.

There’s something for everyone: the interior designer whose client needs help selecting a paint color, the contractor who is trying to keep track of projects while on-the-go, or even the handyman who could use a lighter toolbox.  Screenshots for each app are at the bottom of the post.  Happy reading!  Leave a comment if you think of any we missed.

Best Time Tracker

Timewerks: Mobile Billing, $9.99

Timewerks allows you to track billing for multiple clients and projects with customizable rates.  It’s extremely easy to update hours of labor and to add notes to a project.  You can also automatically create and email invoices through the app.

Best Construction Calculator

BuildCalc, $19.99

You can complete bids, estimates, layouts, and plans with the help of BuildCalc.  Easily convert between dimensions, calculate the area of a room, find the degrees of an angle, determine the amount of material needed for a roof… the list goes on and on.  Find out more about BuildCalc in the MacWorld App Guide.

If you don’t need all the functionalities of the BuildCalc but would still benefit from a conversion calculator, check out the inchCALC+.  It’s a simpler, more affordable app at $4.99, but is still an excellent pocket tool.

Best Substitute for Your Toolbox

iHandy Carpenter, $1.99

This app is a five-in-one surface level, protractor, bubble level bar, plumb bob, and ruler.  Enough said.

Best Paint Color Finder (Tie)

Ben Color Capture, Free

Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap, Free

Ever been inspired by a color you see?  With these apps, you can match up any color from an iPhone photo with its closest shade of paint instantly.  The possibilities are endless!  Paint your bedroom the color of a beautiful sunset.  Match the walls of your basement to the exact hue of your alma mater.  Copy the shade of your neighbor’s newly redone kitchen and pretend it’s a coincidence.*

*Both these apps are recommended as starting palettes.  Since iPhones do not have extremely high quality cameras, the results of the recommended paint colors may not be 100% accurate.  You should visit a local Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore retailer to match the exact color, depending on the app you choose.



Ben Color Capture


iHandy Carpenter


Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.