Designers Discuss App Usage for Their Businesses

"Dropbox and GoPayment are the two apps I use the most. Occasionally I use Skitch. I also have My Measures, Cut Calculator, MagicPlan, and Room Planner, but they take more time than doing things by hand. Their only advantage is that you end up with sendable files.”

Charles Cameron, owner

Design Details

Somerville, MA

 

"We use Houzz for design inspiration, along with MagicPlan to help with measurements. We have also supplied iPads to all of our designers.”

Kevin Telaak, president

Appliance Associates of Buffalo

Artisan Kitchens and Baths

Buffalo, NY

 

"In addition to AutoCAD and Google SketchUp, I also use apps on my iPad to work with clients. I can download photos for them to view. I can also draw and make notes right on the photos during the meeting. It keeps the appointment on track, is paperless and keeps overhead costs down.”

Suha Atassi-Dimon, owner/designer

Dimon Designs, LLC

Chicago, IL

 

"The only apps I use from a business point of view relate to calendars, phone numbers and list management. I find it more advantageous to use an Ultrabook than a cell phone when it comes to working in the field.”

Theresa M. Sterbis

owner/chief designer

Project Partners Design

Fremont, CA

 

"We do not currently use any apps for our business. It is something we would consider for the future as we are always trying to stay up to date and give our clients the best experience possible.”

Lisa Santosuosso, co-owner

Apple Wood Kitchen & Bath

Apple Wood Construction

Windham, NH

 

"We use 20/20 as well as all of the Microsoft Office products. We also use a productivity app called Improveit! 360, which we use for calendars, appointments, follow up and ordering jobs.”

Greg Poszyler, manager

Dream Kitchen Designs, LLC

Cranford, NJ

 

"The apps we use for our business are fun creative apps that are accessible to our clients as well, such as Pinterest, Houzz and Zillow Digs.”

Kimberly Martin

owner/senior designer

Custom Kitchens by Martin

Mendon, NY

 

"We currently do not use apps, but we are always willing to try new things that might better our business, and more importantly, better serve our customers.”

Becky Walker Flagg, showroom mgr.

Walker Kitchen Design

Granby, CT

 

"I use Evernote a lot. It has so many different aspects that make life easier when on a jobsite. I also use Houzz, Pinterest, Skitch (part of Evernote) and Measure Pro. My clients are as busy as I am. I think they appreciate that our meetings are focused and time efficient. It works for all of us when I can pull up info or photos right there, as opposed to waiting for an email later.”

Rebecca Reynolds, owner

New Canaan Kitchens

Fairfield County, CT

 

"I use Dropbox, Evernote, Pinterest and Houzz. Without question, Houzz has been most influential in my business. There are some clients who have not heard of Houzz, but after I mention how it will help us ‘see each other’s minds,’ and after they have had a chance to visit the site, they always remark how helpful and intuitive the site is to help them convey ideas to me.”

Sandra Brannock, AKBD

owner/designer

Expert Kitchen Designs, LLC

Amissville, VA

 

"Apps are a part of everyday business. Almost all of my catalogs and countertop material selections are on my iPad. I also use Evernote and GoodReader on a daily basis.”

Annette M. Starkey, CKD, CBD

Living Environment Design

Orangevale, CA

 

"I currently use Dropbox. I invite clients to view renderings, approve plans and leave me items if they are remote or if they are unable to come in person.”

Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD

division manager

Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths

Whitehouse Station, NJ

 

"I am starting to use apps, such as the Cambria app, so clients can see what a large slab of quartz looks like.”

Cynthia Shull, owner

Bathroom Design Experts

Sacramento, CA

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