Help Center

For any bugs, issues, comments, questions, suggestions, or requests, please don't hesitate to contact dstein@shinybuildings.com

Known Bugs

Can't add an Issue, Co-Owner, File, or Favorite a Building?

Solution: please log out of Shiny Buildings, then log back in. You should be able to add Issues, Co-Owners, Files, and Favorite Buildings without a problem after that. This only needs to be done once!

Invited a co-owner or collaborator, but they didn't get an email?

Sadly we don't send emails yet! 😭 But you can just tell whoever you invited to sign into Shiny Buildings (https://shinybuildings.com/login), and they'll see the building or project that you shared with them!

Guides

Quick Start

Shiny Buildings is an application that helps you build, improve, and fix your house. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to live in the home of your dreams.

Here's how you get started in 3 simple steps:

  1. Login to Shiny Buildings and create your first building by just giving it a name - you can add any other details you want later.
  2. Once you've created a building, navigate to the "Areas" taband start to add all the areas in your house. This could be the kithcen, bedroom, bathroom - any kind of space in your house.
  3. Click on the "Projects" tab and add your first project! You can give your project a name, type, and any other details you want. Make sure to tag any relevant areas you created, and you'll see how different parts of your building are growing and changing. Once you've saved your project, you can attach documents, add collaborators, and do everything you need to get your project done.
You don't need to wait until your next project to start using Shiny Buildings. Feel free to add projects you've already done - whether they're big or small, before you know it, you'll find it super helpful to have a history of your projects at your fingertips.

Whenever you're ready, you can start adding issues, tracking inventory, including more details about your house, and even invite collaborators to join your projects. Use Shiny Buildings as a central hub for managing your home - and please let us know when a new feature or tool would help make your life easier!


Check out this link for more: How to Start using Shiny Buildings in 3 Quick Steps

How to Track and Fix Issues

While you can't always get projects done and make your house better every single day, you'll probably always notice things that could be better... That's where "Issues" come in! Issues are anything that you'd like to fix or improve.

You can definitely use "Issues" to track little problems or details that bug you or just feels wrong (we know the temptation - make sure to take a deep breath and have a beer or glass of wine once in a while too!). But "Issues" can also be placeholders for big ideas and dream projects! Don't overthink it - just jot your observations down, and when the time to work on your house, you'll have a list of potential projects big and small for you to dive into.

If you do get around to completing those projects, make sure to close your issues out - you can "resolve" your issues with the project that solved your problems!

Check out this link for more: Track and fix issues.

Best Practices

Creating Projects

Projects are anything you do that changes the state of your building. This could be something as big and obvious as a renovation or remodel, new construction, or a full-scale demolition. These are great things to record because they typically involve lots of planning and details, might have documentation, invovle multiple collaborators like contractors and designers, and signficantly alter the state of your home.

A project could also be as small as a cleaning or minor repair. While it might feel like overkill to record every little thing you do, recording even minute progress can reveal big changes and improvements over time. It might show future owners how much you care, and it might help you remember little details or tricks you have to take care of your home.

Creating Areas

Areas are any physical space within your building. They can be as large as an entire house, or as small as a closet or shed.

Typical areas might include spaces like kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and garages - anything with a fixed wall works particularly great as an area. A roof or yard would also work as a good space, since they're often the center of their own major projects.

It helps to think of areas as places where projects happen - that way, you'll be able to see how your areas grow and improve, and track the history of projects within a given area. However, you might want to avoid getting too granular with your areas.Objects like cabinets or systems like boilers are better tracked as inventory since they can ultimately be moved or removed without too much work.

Creating Inventory

Inventory is stuff in your house. Anything that you can add, remove, change, or fix without a bulldozer or construction crew is probably a good candidate for being classified as "inventory".

You can use Shiny Buildings to track inventory by recording the quantity you have of any given item, its value, and the date you acquired it. Having all of this information helps you to understand when items need to be replaced and how to budget for those item. It's also helpful to track inventory for insurance purposes.