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Brian D'Agostine
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Remember the LEGO Dress? Of course you do. Well guess what? It's been invited to be on a runway and I don't mean the tarmac at PDX. We'll be at the Curvy Chic Fashion Show this Friday night the 29th. (My wife isn't exactly a plus size but the organizers were willing to overlook that in order to be the first fashion show to feature the LEGO Dress).

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Brian D'Agostine commented on a post on Blogger.
+Wael B interesting idea. Even collecting the cheaper parts for such a large ship can take some doing both financially and logistically and would detract from my current model. If I go to a brick and mortar location in the next year or two I might consider it though, thanks for the idea!

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Efficiency by Design - Logistics
Of course, good design and material optimization are important but there's a third leg to stabilize the whole thing. Optimizing materials on paper is no good if the notes aren't followed in the field. You could create a precise cut chart that gets all but i...

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Efficiency by Design - Design
The mere design of your house can have a big factor on your lumber bill. Think about the jogs and other dimensions in light of the dimensions of your materials. Are you attempting an 18" jog? Or worse 26"? Why is your floor 24'-6" wide? If you're going to u...

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Brian D'Agostine commented on a post on Blogger.
That's a multiple variable moving target. Do you only want shops in the US? Shipping from Netherlands and Germany can be very affordable... depending on the seller. Are you willing to wait for weeks? What kind of feedback are you willing to tolerate? 99.9%, 99%, 95%? What I can find and recommend as stores today may not have the same pieces tomorrow. You should expect this to take several weeks or months depending on your available funds.

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Brian D'Agostine commented on a post on Blogger.
Mark I've added the following text to the article:

"On Bricklink I would start with the rarest and/or most expensive pieces. Find a few stores that have it (and shipping) for a reasonable price. See what other parts that store has and add them in. Pick the winner for your preference of best cost vs. most parts. Then start with the next rarest or most expensive piece remaining and keep going. Even if you end up spending 20% more on pieces you could save a bundle on shipping. BrickOwl has a much more automagical tool that will show which stores have what and let you select them. Your wishlist and ideal stores will be updated in real time with the remaining pieces. You can always undo and reselect different options before purchasing from all the selected stores."

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Efficiency by Design - Roofs
After all the work of optimizing the rest of the house, you might think we could call it a day and cap our house. But wait, there's more!  Efficiency by Design is a thorough study of EVERY part of the house. Why stop early when there's still a roof? There a...

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Efficiency by Design - Walls
Walls are so misunderstood. In a world of "More wood is better!" it's hard to know what to cut. Efficiency by Design can optimize your walls to help you know what's what and what to cut. What's in a wall? There are three basic parts: First are the studs tha...

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Efficiency by Design - Floors
What's the difference between a floor and a ceiling? Not much. If it's unfinished below, it's a floor. If it's unfinished above, it's a ceiling. If it's finished on both sides it's a floor and a ceiling. With the exception of trusses (which we'll discuss la...

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Efficiency by Design - Foundation
The foundation of your house is perhaps the most important feature. Get it right and the whole house can last for a hundred years or more. Get it wrong and you'll be plagued with callbacks. We at Istockhouseplans understand this concern. However we also lik...
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