For Jacklyn Graniczny, design director of Sublime Homes, in St John, Ind., any trip to a jobsite used to mean carrying a big binder with specifications and contracts. “It was almost like a Bible for every project,” she says. “I no longer carry those around and I do not miss that.” Graniczny, like many others, finds it easier to carry a smartphone or tablet than to schlep around paper files, computing gadgets, or single-function tools.
Apps make builders’ jobs, and lives, easier. There are apps that perform calculations, measure distances, share documents, augment reality, and even improve the bottom line.
Graniczny owns both an Android smartphone and a tablet. Some of the apps she uses are simple, such as the calculator (great for whipping up a ballpark figure during a sales meeting) and Google Calendars (notifications remind her about appointments); some are a little more complex. BuilderTrend, Graniczny says, is the workhorse of Sublime. The building management app basically keeps her in touch with teammates and clients and allows her to share files instantly.
“We do projects within a 40-mile radius, so we can’t always be present on jobsites,” Graniczny says. “Being able to go onto BuilderTrend and see photos of what’s current, what happened today, and the daily logs and everything—I couldn’t imagine building without it.”
Sublime Homes also uses Houzz, along with several other apps. The Houzz app lets Graniczny’s clients use the Ideabook function to show her shots of what they want in their home, making it easier to create a budget. Though Houzz is a website meant for consumers, builders like that it lets buyers visualize exactly what they want and like. It helps give a better feel, a better understanding of where customers are going. Builders are able to accomplish much more in fewer meetings, which, from a builder’s standpoint, means they’re able to get in the ground much sooner. To go from that initial contact to where they are in-ground, generating income, it’s
dramatically streamlined that time frame. It’s huge for the industry, and huge for the client because they want to get going.
While BuilderTrend and Houzz have served builders for years, a host of other business, design, calculator, and field tool apps are also proving themselves useful to builders who, as Graniczny says, want to build more efficiently.
Author: The Sublime Team