Best Home Owner Apps

Our Sunset Western Garden Book is cracking at the seams, and the magazine clippings were tossed. With house help a touch away, we went hunting for the apps that made us DIY champs

HomeKeeper provides a list of maintenance jobs that are often forgotten, such as resealing bathroom countertops and cleaning the air-conditioning filter. Personalize a to-do list with dates and shopping needs.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas sorts experts by region so that you can focus on L.A.-based contractors, home-media specialists, and others. Idea books offer advice on choosing colors and dressing windows, and the more than 130,000 photos can be indexed by room and style.  

My Measures & Dimensions allows users to take a picture of a space and record measurements on the photo. Once in the store, pull out your phone to see whether that vintage coffee table will fit in front of the couch. 

Landscaper’s Companion helps the gardener configure the yard with photos and descriptions of trees, ground covers, flowers, and veggies. Avert planting errors by checking the entry on USDA hardiness zones, which factor in sun and water requirements.

Photograph by Denise Philibert