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Zillow Digs provides home remodeling inspiration

Zillow, the online real estate company, has come up with a new way to collect and organize your home remodeling ideas. Called Zillow Digs, the application, which is free on iPad and the Web, not only provides inspiration for your home improvement schemes but it also can give you an estimated cost for the project.

Zillow Digs home page (Zillow)

Zillow Digs board (Zillow )

Zillow has culled tens of thousands of images from homes it has listed for sale across the country. So if you find a kitchen you like, you can likely look at other rooms in the home to see how they were designed.

In addition to the images you find on Zillow, you can also save your own pictures or add ones you find on the Web to your board.

Zillow Digs estimate (Zillow)

For example, suppose you find a kitchen you like. You want to know how much it would cost for you to hire someone to install the cabinets, countertops and backsplash. Click on “Cost” and Zillow Digs will give you a price range, an estimate of the room size and a breakdown of materials and labor. 

Now supposed the picture was taken in Seattle and you live in Arlington. It can also do a regional adjustment to give you a better idea of how much it would cost in your area.

For those who are considering a home remodeling project, the nice thing about Zillow Digs is that while it provides plenty of eye-candy to inspire you, it also gives you an idea of how much those granite countertops and tile backsplashes will set you back. And while everyone likes to dream, it is helpful to know before talking to a contractor how much you can expect to pay for those dreams.

Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.


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