Business Insider: I used AI to remodel a fixer-upper house my wife and I bought. It potentially saved us thousands of dollars.

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Tyler Bouldin and his wife document their renovation on TikTok. 

  • My wife and I bought an old home in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania in 2020.
  • Since then, we’ve been using AI for interior design ideas as we renovate the fixer-upper.
  • It saved us the expense of hiring a pro decorator — but it also helped in an unexpected way.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with 32-year-old Pennsylvania resident Tyler Bouldin, who bought a house in rural Pennsylvania with his wife three years ago. The couple used to live 10 minutes outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but now is 45 minutes from the nearest town. This essay has been edited for length and clarity. 

@ouroldhouse Key Takeaway: AI will never let you down. Quickly visualizing what the interior design change youre planning on making will look like in real life is now pretty easy and fast. Change the color of your walls, floors, etc! #theforgehouse #remodelai #ai #beforeandafter #chatgpt #interiordesign #aidesign #generativeart #appreview #design #designtips #homedecor ♬ Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose

We purchased the house three years ago at an auction after it had been owned by the state for like 10 years. I think everybody reacted to Covid quarantine in weird ways, and I impulse-bought a house for about $460,000.

We really wanted something that was kind of in the country, had a little more land, and a little bit of elbow room. We weren’t necessarily looking for a renovation project or an old house. 

It’s about 6,000 square feet, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and it sits on about five acres. We’ve been working on the house pretty much since we purchased it. 

I always say we’re three years into a one year renovation. We were like, “OK, you know, we’re gonna do this thing in a year.” That is not how it’s panned out. 

We’ve been using artificial intelligence — specifically the RemodelAI app — for things like wallpaper and tile. I find it does a really good job if you’re looking to overlay paint wallpaper, tile flooring — like you want to change either the color or the type of material that’s on a surface.

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