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Wanted: POD Person* to review home design software

* POD Person: a member of the Pardon Our Dust blog community; one who fixes up a home; one who creates dust I’m looking for a POD Person to review the new Home Designer Suite 8.0 software, a Chief Architect product sold by Better Homes & Gardens. The box says it’s for home design, remodeling, [...]

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Stuck inside on a rainy day? Play with free online remodeling tools

• Blend your own glass tile sheets ModWalls Custom Blender • Figure monthly payments on your remodel Bloomberg.com • Rearrange your room Better Homes & Gardens • Calculate how many gallons of paint you need Behr • Estimate your kitchen remodeling budget HGTV • Estimate your bathroom project HGTV • Calculate concrete needed for a [...]

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New light bulbs in plain English

Check out this YouTube video made by a Seattle company, Common Craft, that has mastered the art of explaining things on the Web.

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Dust Digest: SoCal remodeling stories across the Web

• Nature springs from the concrete (pictured), for a mural artist whose canvas is concrete (L.A. Times) • Warm metals are cool, about the use of brass, bronze and copper in today’s kitchens and baths (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin) • What about residential fire sprinklers? (L.A. Fire Department Blog) • The upside of the downturn, [...]

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Do you need a building permit for that remodel? Only your city knows for sure

To fully appreciate the concept of our decentralized government, consider building permits. While there are federal and state standards, the final word on whether you need a building permit for your remodel comes from your city (or county or town if your area is unincorporated). Each city has its own permitting process, permitting prices and [...]

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New home design software from Better Homes and Gardens . . . or yet another reason NOT to have a Macintosh

The just-released Picture Painter home and landscape design software from Better Homes and Gardens looks mighty fun. Too bad I have a Macintosh! This software can be used only on a PC. If you are PC-equipped, I’m a little jealous. This software, developed by Chief Architect, allows you to use photos of your actual home [...]

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Photographing your remodel: It’s for your own good

If you’re planning a remodel, I’d like to encourage you to take lots and lots of photos before and during the process. I’ll admit my request is a little self-serving: If I should write about your remodel for Pardon Our Dust in the L.A. Times (submit your project here), your photos will make telling the [...]

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