Can I just say that I love what I do? Helping people turn their ideas into a tangible space that FEELS like what they've been envisioning in their head is my favorite and seeing the finished product is always the BEST feeling. I can't wait to hear about your project!
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Calling all designers! Whether you are just starting out or an established business owner looking to improve your process, I’ve put together a list of my favorite tools & design software just for you! The tools you will see below have been essential in the success of my design business and I hope these tips & tools help grow your business as well!
Bosch Laser Measurer:
In my experience, the Bosch laser measurer is easy-to-use and very accurate in calculating measurements of a space. I have the GLR225 230 ft model number which appears to no longer be in production, but I’ve listed a few comparable model numbers below. I would recommend determining distance according to the size of projects that you regularly work on. For example, if you are only measuring smaller spaces, such as kitchens or bathrooms, the 65′ option would probably be sufficient. However, if you are measuring larger spaces like commercial office buildings, I would recommend one of the models with a longer distance range.
I enjoy using these notepads measuring because they provide a very smooth drawing surface and keep the felt tip pens I use in great shape! I personally prefer the grid option while measuring to help with sketching straight lines, but there is also a blank pad option available.
Papermate Felt Tip Multicolored Pens:
These pens have quick-drying, water based ink that resists smearing and are great for color-coding different elements while measuring. The variety of colors have allowed me to create a method and help me stay focused and organized. For example, I use a different color for walls, dimensions, windows & doors, and electrical details while sketching for easier readability while transferring my hand drawings into the computer. Highly recommend!
Pilot Acroball Pens:
These are my go-to pens for note-taking! I always appreciate a smooth-writing pen in a neutral color pallet.
Highlighters are great to have on hand while measuring. Personally, once I transfer a sketch into the computer, I always highlight walls or dimensions that I want to double check when I go back to the building. Once again, it’s all about ease of readability!
Chief Architect Design Software:
Chief Architect is my personal design software of choice. It is a fairly intuitive program to use and has 3D modeling capability that allows you to create renderings and 3D walkthroughs for clients which allows them to visualize a space before construction begins. Total game-changer!
Canva is easy to use and perfect for creating quick, professional-looking graphics for your business. I used Canva to create the blog post cover for this blog as well as the numbered graphics above displaying each link item. The free version of Canva is amazing and automatically includes a wide variety of features, but you do also have the option to upgrade to Canva Pro for even more features. You can create a free Canva account or try Canva Pro for 30 days by clicking the link below!