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Top 5 Furniture Layout Apps

Categories: Blog | Posted: August 30, 2018

Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply feeling like redecorating, finding a great furniture layout can be challenging. Nobody wants to play a real-life game of Tetris, moving bulky pieces of furniture around to find the best fit.

Luckily, most of us (pretty much everyone, if we’re being honest) have a handy device in our pocket that can help. Need help organizing furniture in your home? Just like ordering pizza, checking your credit score, or turning on a security light – there’s an app for that!

Here are our top 5 picks for furniture layout apps.

1. Planner 5D(Android and iOS)

Are you looking to get hyper-detailed? If so, then Planner 5D is for you. This app lets you create both 2D and 3D floor plans based on the dimensions of your home or yard. That’s right; you can plan both interior and exterior layouts with this handy app. Create a floor plan based on your home’s dimensions, choose furniture from an extensive catalog, and create the layout of your dreams. This free app is available for both Android and iOS users.

2. Magicplan(iOS only)

The Magicplan app puts the power of 3D design in your hands.  You can turn pictures into floor plans, and then plan out your space in 3D. Add and arrange furniture with ease. The app itself is free, but you’ll be required to pay for a download version of your planned space ($2.99).

3. RoomScan Pro(iOS only)

For realistic, no-frills layout planning, go for RoomScanner Pro. This app boasts three different methods for capturing your exact floor plan: touching your phone against walls, scan the room and add in details via augmented reality, or manually draw the plan with added dimensions. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll get a completely accurate digital version of your home, ready for fast furniture layout planning. The app is currently free to download but will require in-app purchases to access many of these features.

4. IKEA Place(iOS, link to Android below)

Real talk: how much do you love IKEA? Do you ever find yourself clicking through their website or wandering through the warehouse-sized store wondering if that pine desk or stainless steel bar cart would fit into your home? Good news! The new IKEA app lets you literally place their furniture into your house using augmented reality. Check it out and place an order right from the app.

For Android users, here’s another App similar to this one (but without that neat AR functionality): IKEA Home Planner App.

5. Plan Your Room

Okay, so this technically isn’t an app. But Plan Your Room is such an easy-to-use layout-planning platform that we just had to mention it. Using a grid, you can map out your room and then add furniture pieces (represented with minimalistic line drawings) based on what you own – or want to own. It’s easy to use and free.

With these apps in hand, you have no reason not to give your home a little makeover. Or, if you’re moving into a new home, no reason not to get organized beforehand. There’s nothing worse than moving things around after the movers have left because you weren’t prepared to tell them where things needed to go.

So relax, download a new app, and play around. You’re sure to find the perfect layout; no heavy lifting required.

Countdown to Fall: 6 ways to re-use your pumpkins

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: August 24, 2018

As soon as the calendar gets ready to turn to September and the nights get cooler, fall and pumpkin season are on their way and in full force at the stores. In fact, Starbucks  is giving its followers fall fever by launching their infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte or “PSL” as cult favorites refer to it, early this season. However, once you make a trip to your local pumpkin patch and bring your pumpkins home, do you ever wonder what other things you could be doing with your pumpkins other than just carving them and setting them on your front porch? Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares 6 other things you can do with your pumpkins this fall season.

The excitement of fall may have your kids ready to pick out their own pumpkin and carve their jack-o-lantern to proudly be displayed on your front porch for trick-or-treaters. However, what should you do with your pumpkins after they have had their fair share of stoop time?

Many people don’t know that pumpkins are great if you have a compost pile in your back yard. Not only are pumpkins full of nutrients, but they also help make for great fertilizer. However, be sure to remove the pumpkin seeds before putting them in your compost pile to prevent baby pumpkins from popping up next season.

If you don’t have a compost pile in your backyard but want to reap the benefits of the pumpkin for your soil, you can simply bury your pumpkin in the backyard in your garden area and it will enrich the soil around it.

If you live in an area where there is wildlife, chop your pumpkin up into pieces and leave it for the animals in your area to eat. Pumpkins are a delicious snack to animals and safe for them to ingest.

If you have pumpkins at home that have been left uncarved, there are several things that you can do with them to enjoy them further than just decorations.

One of the first things you can do is the traditional snack of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds make a healthy snack that you can munch on all fall. You simply just need to wash, drain and toast the seeds. You can add different seasonings of your choice, if you choose.

Another great treat that can come out of your pumpkin is pumpkin puree. Cut your pumpkin in quarters and scoop out the seeds and guts of the pumpkin. Place the slices of pumpkin face down on a baking dish that is filled with 1 cup of water. Then, bake your pumpkin for 90 minutes or until it feels tender.

You can then scoop the pumpkin out and add it to a food processer to puree. You can use this puree for pumpkin pie, cake, bread or muffins!

Another great way to use your pumpkin and transition it to Thanksgiving, is to use your pumpkin as a planter. You can treat it like a flower vase by cutting a hole in the top and cleaning out the insides. You can add a small hole for drainage and fill with soil to plant your flowers. This can serve as a beautiful centerpiece come Thanksgiving.

These simple tips can help you enjoy your pumpkins a little more and a little longer this fall season.



Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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