Image by Florin Hatmanu
Being able to browse through collection of new house designs and floor plans wherever you find yourself is to me a great thing when you are in the design phase of building a new home. For example the time spent waiting for an appointment, in a queue at the grocery store could be better used to flick through house designs to generate ideas.
The app is free and can be downloaded in the App store:
When you launch the app it lets you choose a region you are interested to see house designs for. At the moment it has Melbourne Metro, New South Wales, Queensland & Northern NSW, Regional Victoria and Southern NSW.
You then can browse through the collection of homes for that region or filter to only view new home designs that match your criteria. The photos of the buildings are high quality and many of these modern houses just look stunning.
Using the filter you can make a selection of house designs based on number of storeys, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms and floor plan size:
Clicking on a house takes you to an intermediary menu screen that allows you to select to dive into sub-sections like floor plans, facades, photos of the house, the kitchen designs, take photos and notes.
Icon Floorplans brings up two tables. The first one lists overall dimensions of the house and the second one gives you an idea of the dimensions of different rooms of the house.
I find the first table quite helpful as you can see at a glance whether or not the dimensions of the house would suit your block of land.
The second table contains dimensions for each room:
Below are a few screen captures of the photos you can view from the app of a house design called “Bellino 20” (I guess it means “beautiful, pretty” in Italian).
Other interesting features of the app include:
- Location of display house built on the design you are interested in
- A notebook to write down your thoughts and ideas
- A camera function to take photos. The shots are filed under the house designs. You might want to use this function to take pictures of the display house and use the notebook function to record thoughts and ideas to review later on
- Inclusion list for each house
- Sharing via Facebook, Twitter and email. At the moment though the house design is not attached in the email
I guess Metricon will add more features and content to it in future releases. For instance a video icon is there.
As far as enhancements are concerned I would love the ability to view photos in landscape mode. At the moment the app only works in portrait mode (vertical) on the iPhone.