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Wish you knew more about the biggest investment you will most likely ever make? Build Your House Yourself University (byhyu) will teach you to save money and make smart decisions about the construction of the place you and your family will call HOME. We will help you understand residential construction— simplify and demystify the design build process. You’ll come away with successful strategies for building your own house, with or without a general contractor. Become an educated consumer, even if you prefer to buy, rather than build a new house. Complex construction jargon and best practices will be explained in easy to understand terms. It’s not the typical DIY (do it yourself) show. You will learn how to MANAGE the labor, not DO the labor for your new house. Join me, Michelle Nelson, host and fellow informal residential construction student. I’ll share the research I find on home design and building as I prepare to build my home. Together, our community of future home builders, will learn the tips, tricks and trends of experienced contractors and industry experts. I’ll interview owner-builders and construction professionals. During our mini lessons, I’ll inform you about framing, flooring, windows, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertops…almost anything having to do with new construction homes. You’ll hear about energy efficiency and green building too. There will be product reviews in which you will be introduced to cutting edge, as well as, tried and true products and services. And in keeping with the university theme, episodes will end with short, fun quizzes. If we do our due diligence BEFORE we start construction, we will actually start construction with the most difficult part of the project behind us. Let’s put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE we break ground and building our homes will be much easier and more enjoyable.

Wish you knew more about the biggest investment you will most likely ever make? Build Your House Yourself University (byhyu) will teach you to save money and make smart decisions about the construction of the place you and your family will call HOME. We will help you understand residential construction— simplify and demystify the design build process. You’ll come away with successful strategies for building your own house, with or without a general contractor. Become an educated consumer, even if you prefer to buy, rather than build a new house. Complex construction jargon and best practices will be explained in easy to understand terms. It’s not the typical DIY (do it yourself) show. You will learn how to MANAGE the labor, not DO the labor for your new house. Join me, Michelle Nelson, host and fellow informal residential construction student. I’ll share the research I find on home design and building as I prepare to build my home. Together, our community of future home builders, will learn the tips, tricks and trends of experienced contractors and industry experts. I’ll interview owner-builders and construction professionals. During our mini lessons, I’ll inform you about framing, flooring, windows, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertops…almost anything having to do with new construction homes. You’ll hear about energy efficiency and green building too. There will be product reviews in which you will be introduced to cutting edge, as well as, tried and true products and services. And in keeping with the university theme, episodes will end with short, fun quizzes. If we do our due diligence BEFORE we start construction, we will actually start construction with the most difficult part of the project behind us. Let’s put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE we break ground and building our homes will be much easier and more enjoyable.
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Wish you knew more about the biggest investment you will most likely ever make? Build Your House Yourself University (byhyu) will teach you to save money and make smart decisions about the construction of the place you and your family will call HOME. We will help you understand residential construction— simplify and demystify the design build process. You’ll come away with successful strategies for building your own house, with or without a general contractor. Become an educated consumer, even if you prefer to buy, rather than build a new house. Complex construction jargon and best practices will be explained in easy to understand terms. It’s not the typical DIY (do it yourself) show. You will learn how to MANAGE the labor, not DO the labor for your new house. Join me, Michelle Nelson, host and fellow informal residential construction student. I’ll share the research I find on home design and building as I prepare to build my home. Together, our community of future home builders, will learn the tips, tricks and trends of experienced contractors and industry experts. I’ll interview owner-builders and construction professionals. During our mini lessons, I’ll inform you about framing, flooring, windows, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertops…almost anything having to do with new construction homes. You’ll hear about energy efficiency and green building too. There will be product reviews in which you will be introduced to cutting edge, as well as, tried and true products and services. And in keeping with the university theme, episodes will end with short, fun quizzes. If we do our due diligence BEFORE we start construction, we will actually start construction with the most difficult part of the project behind us. Let’s put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE we break ground and building our homes will be much easier and more enjoyable.

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English


Episodes

What’s Trending in Tiles—BYHYU 143

12/5/2018
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Most of us will include tiles in several rooms in our homes. Tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms are most common, but new homes today might have tiles as the main flooring in our living rooms, on fireplace surrounds, as feature walls, and as outdoor flooring. As a material that will be used repeatedly in our homes and as a material that can be potentially pretty expensive, the last thing we want to do is invest in a tile that’s no longer in style. As with everything, going for classic...

Duration:00:14:42

How to Build a Fire Resistant House— BYHYU 142

11/28/2018
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For those of us who want to make our homes as safe possible, incorporating some fire resistant features is a smart idea. Interestingly, many ordinary, everyday homebuilding materials are either naturally fire resistant or they can become fire resistant with a few tweaks. Although most building materials are not 100% fireproof, many materials that we’ll talk about today will give your house a fighting chance if it’s ever threatened by fire. Homes built with the right materials, the right...

Duration:00:17:39

What’s Trending in Windows?— BYHYU 141

11/21/2018
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Since windows are one of the most important design features and expensive line items in our new homes, it’s important that we know what window trends are current, so we don’t make the expensive mistake of purchasing windows that will take away from our homes curb appeal and resale value. We want windows that will make our homes feel current and interesting and not tired and dated. This week we’ll briefly discuss 7 window trends that you might consider for your project. Show notes at ...

Duration:00:08:08

Should I Consider Using Real Wood For My New Home?— BYHYU 140

11/14/2018
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You can’t beat the durability and the low maintenance advantages of synthetic, faux wood materials. But I’ve seen lots of synthetic, wood look materials, and although a few of them look pretty realistic, some people feel like no synthetic material can match the natural beauty of real wood. And for those people, that beauty is worth the extra maintenance required to use authentic wood for the exterior of their homes. So, for those of us considering using real wood on our new homes,...

Duration:00:17:00

Why Soffits and Fascia Are Important—BYHYU139

11/7/2018
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Soffits and Fascia are parts of the house that don’t often get a lot of thought or attention from homeowners planning to build their dream homes. But they’re important not only as design elements for your home but also because they protect your house. And choosing the right materials for your fascia and soffits can reduce the required maintenance for your home. This week we’ll briefly talk about soffit and fascia options so you can make the best choice for your home. Let’s start by...

Duration:00:09:20

Home Trends from the Austin, Texas Parade of Homes—BYHYU 138

10/31/2018
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Last week I traveled to Austin TX for their Parade of Homes. I like going to different parts of the country to see what new homes features are popular in different areas. If we incorporate some of our favorite features from different regions, it can make the homes we build more interesting. As you know, too often designers and builders tend to do what they have always done and that can translate into all the houses in an area looking the same, void of character and uniqueness. Sometimes...

Duration:00:17:28

Storm Proofing Measures We Should All Consider, No Matter Where We Build— BYHYU 137

10/17/2018
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Whether you believe in global warming or not, it seems that storms are becoming more and more prevalent and damaging. And even if you don’t live in tornado alley or a coastal region that’s prone to hurricanes, you might want to consider adding some storm-proofing measures to your new house. Storm resistant materials and techniques will not only make our homes stronger and more wind and water resistant but also more airtight and energy efficient, in many instances. Since high winds and...

Duration:00:21:05

No One Told Me I’d Run Into This Challenge— Insurance Woes—BYHYU 136

10/10/2018
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As we are continuing to prepare to start construction, I have been calling around for quotes for the insurance that will need to be in place before we begin work and I’ve run into some challenges. There are two policies that you’ll need to protect yourself if you are acting as an owner-builder, one is builders risk insurance and the other is general liability insurance. You may have trouble finding general liability insurance. In this week’s episode, I’ll tell you how to overcome that...

Duration:00:17:00

Ventilate Right with Whole House Mechanical Ventilation Systems—BYHYU 135

10/3/2018
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Building a tight house is the goal for most of us. What that means is that the unintended openings, gaps, and holes in the home’s exterior shell and in the duct system should be sealed, to keep outside air from leaking in, and to keep inside air from leaking out. A tight house will be more comfortable and have increased energy efficiency and lower utility bills. That’s because conditioned air produced by your HVAC system is less likely to escape and unconditioned outside air is less...

Duration:00:14:34

Control One of Your Home’s Biggest Enemies: MOISTURE—BYHYU 134

9/26/2018
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Uncontrolled moisture, in the forms of liquid water and water vapor, is huge enemies of any home. If not controlled, moisture can cause heating and cooling inefficiencies, resulting in an uncomfortable house and higher utility costs. Uncontrolled moisture can also lead to rot, mold, structural damage, and poor air quality. What specific methods you use to control moisture will depend on the climate in your region and the design and construction of your home. This week we’ll go over...

Duration:00:15:06

We Hired a Builder—Project Update—BYHYU 133

9/19/2018
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I’ve gotten lots of emails from many of you stating that you love the show but that you decided to hire a builder. It’s almost as if you were apologizing for hiring a builder, but this podcast is for anyone building a house, so we can all build a quality dream home with or without a general contractor. Some people just aren’t interested in contracting their own homes. They don’t have the time or interest to make all the decisions that builders have to make. They don’t feel comfortable...

Duration:00:06:33

Should You Hire An Interior Designer— BYHYU 132

9/12/2018
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So, should you hire an interior designer? Well, Interior designers will tell you that you should absolutely hire them to help you decorate your new house. But ask a barber if you need a haircut and you know what he’ll say. Whether or not you hire an interior designer is an incredibly personal choice. There’s no right or wrong answer. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:10:34

Home Security Systems—BYHYU 131

9/5/2018
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According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, only 17% of houses in the US have a security system. Many people have avoided home security because of the costly, long-term monitoring fees and annoying false alarms that plagued home security systems decades ago. But systems today have improved. Systems are both simpler to use and more sophisticated than ever before. Homes that are targeted for crime are usually unoccupied homes with lots of cover, such as lots of tall...

Duration:00:12:43

Ceiling Fans—BYHYU 130

8/29/2018
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After discussing outdoor cooling methods, including outdoor fans, in last week’s episode, I realized we haven’t really talked about indoor ceiling fans. So, this week, I’ll give you some quicks on how to select, use and maintain your ceiling fans. The right sized ceiling fan will keep you cool and save you money. Ceiling fans cost very little to run as compared to air conditioners. Running a fan will allow you to set your thermostat at a higher temperature when it’s hot outside so you...

Duration:00:10:53

Keeping Your House Cool, Inside and Out—BYHYU 129

8/22/2018
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In this week’s episode, I have some helpful strategies that we can use to keep the inside and outside of our homes cooler and more comfortable during the hot summer. I did some research on what we can add to our homes that will make high outdoor temperatures more bearable. I’m talking about things we can include in and around our homes beyond an energy efficient air conditioner for our houses that have been sized according to Manual J calculation. We’ll discuss things like awnings,...

Duration:00:21:13

Watch Out for These 2 Things in Your Contract— BYHYU 128

8/15/2018
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This week’s episode is inspired by one of my favorite resources for homebuilding and design ideas and advice: Houzz. Houzz is spelled and it’s short for House buzz. That site not only gives you access to thousands of inspiration photos, but also short blog posts and a helpful forum called Gardenweb. When I was looking through the “building a home” section of the forum and saw a couple of valuable discussions that inspired this week quick tips — one discussion having to do with the...

Duration:00:11:27

A Few More Home Entertaining Design Features—BYHYU 127

8/1/2018
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After I finished last week’s episode, I thought of a few more design features you should consider for your home if entertaining friends and family is important to you. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to last week, check out episode 126 called Designing your Home for Entertaining and Family Gatherings. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:08:11

Designing Your Home for Entertaining and Family Gatherings—BYHYU 126

7/25/2018
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Most of us building custom homes are not just doing it for ourselves, but so our friends and family can enjoy the space too. Even if you don’t plan on being the central hub for regular cocktail parties, game nights and potlucks, your nice new house will probably be the spot for holiday dinners and casual family barbecues at least once or twice a year. So, in this week’s episode, I’ll give you some quick tips on how to design a home for entertaining— with features that will make your...

Duration:00:11:52

BYHYU BONUS EPISODE: 21 Bonus Electrical and Lighting Plan Tips—BYHYU 125.5

7/18/2018
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In addition to the suggestions and tips that I gave you episode 125 called “Consider These Things for Your Electrical and Lighting Plan”, I’m giving you 21 bonus tips that I’ve curated from past BYHYU episodes. So that you can easily access our lighting and electrical tips for your own lighting plan, I’ve put them all together in one and a half episodes. You’ve heard these 21 bonus tips before, but I think this will serve as a nice refresher for many of you, plus it will save you the...

Duration:00:11:07

Consider These 50 Things for Your Electrical and Lighting Plan— BYHYU 125

7/18/2018
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After giving a general overview last week of what’s needed for the specifications for the plumbing, mechanical and electrical subs, I thought it would be helpful to go into more detail about the lighting and electrical plan that you will need to give to the electrician. There is so much to consider. I’ll give you a list of 50 suggestions that you can use as a checklist that will help you develop a pretty complete electrical and lighting plan before you even meet your builder or electrician...

Duration:00:20:41