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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

Energy Star/Energy Efficient Appliances—BYHYU 183

10/16/2019
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The Energy Information Administration says that home appliances produce the third-largest energy expenditure in the home, representing about 9% of the typical energy bill. Only heating and cooling, and water heating use more energy. Specifically, refrigerators and clothes dryers have the highest operating costs per year. To decrease the amount of energy used in our homes, we can choose Energy Star appliances and products. This week, we’ll learn more about the Energy Star program and how...

Duration:00:10:55

2019 Green Home of the Year Grand Award Winner—BYHYU 182

10/9/2019
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Because most of us want not only a beautiful, well-designed house but also one that is energy efficient and/or sustainable, over the coming months I’ll be doing several episodes where we’ll talk about noted high-performance houses that have been covered in the media. I’m a big believer in learning from others and may able to incorporate into our own projects some of the design elements and materials used in other recognized green, energy-efficient homes. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:07:32

White Walls… Awesome or Awful?— BYHYU 181

10/2/2019
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Because of the popularity of white interior walls, and white backgrounds in general on blogs and social media posts, we have grown accustomed to thinking of white as a go-to backdrop for many of our interior spaces. White is familiar, bright and offers a clean background for highlighting home furnishings and features. The fresh, clean background is why most museums and galleries use white walls to showcase artwork. White can be a great choice for traditional and contemporary spaces. But to...

Duration:00:10:37

Save Money and the Environment by Reducing Construction Site Waste—BYHYU 180

9/25/2019
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Did you know that the average home build produces about 8,000 pounds of waste? And with increasing landfill and building material costs, reducing job site waste could both help the environment and save you a significant amount of money. The less you have to throw away, the less money you have to spend getting rid of your construction waste. When renting a dumpster for a construction site, you’re charged based on the size dumpster. The more waste you accumulate, the larger and more...

Duration:00:24:15

10 DesignTrends We’ll See Going into Next Year—- BYHYU 179

9/18/2019
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This week’s episode is based on an article that I read in Houzz called “10 Home Design Trends on the Rise”. They made this list based on trends that they see in photos that designers and homeowners have submitted and based on their conversations with design professionals. This list includes things that I too have been seeing in the past few years that I think we’ll continue to see in new homes as we go into 2020. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:09:00

Marble… Awesome or Awful?—BYHYU 178

9/11/2019
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Don’t call it a comeback, marble’s been here for years. But in the last decade, marble has become more popular than ever, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. But… how good of an idea is that? In this week’s mini-lesson, we’ll look at the pros and cons of using marble in our new homes and the difference between 2 of the most widely requested types of marble: Calcutta and Cararra marble. Show notes at BYHYU.com BYHYU.com

Duration:00:16:39

Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets… Awesome or Awful?—BYHYU 177

9/4/2019
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For decades, the standard ceiling height was 8 feet tall—a dimension that resulted from two 4-foot-wide drywall sheets laid together horizontally. But homes are now being built with standard 9 or 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, and ceilings at 8 or 9 feet tall on the second floor. With today’s taller ceiling heights, the potential space above standard upper kitchen cabinets has become larger and we’ll have to decide how far up we want our cabinetry to go. Should we leave an open...

Duration:00:12:22

The Ins and Outs of Exterior Doors, Part 2—BYHYU 176

8/28/2019
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Last week, we began a mini-lesson on the pros and cons of different exterior door styles. We went over 2 of the most common styles—single, standard doors and French doors. Plus, we talked about a new kid on the block, bifold doors. In this second part of our list, we’ll discuss some more old school and new school door styles, including sliding doors, pivot doors, and dutch doors, and we’ll be answering the burning question “Are storm doors still a thing?” Show notes at...

Duration:00:13:27

The Ins and Outs of Exterior Doors, Part 1--BYHYU 175

8/21/2019
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Whether you’re deciding on the style of door you want for your main front entry, or to your patio, or to any other area that leads to the outdoors, there are several door styles to consider. It’s not just a matter of choosing a traditional single or double, French doors for your main entrance. You could also install a pivot door or a dutch door. And for patio doors, there are French doors, sliding doors, and bifold doors. This week, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of each style of...

Duration:00:15:30

Why Roof Overhangs Are Important, Part 2--BYHYU 174

8/7/2019
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In part 1 of the mini-lesson, we talked about how many homeowners and house designers pay too little attention to roof overhangs because they think of them as purely aesthetic. But overhangs have several important functions: they can protect exterior doors, windows, and exterior walls from rain and snow; they can shade windows from hot summertime sun rays, and they can help keep basements and crawl spaces dry by directing rainwater away from the main structure of the house. This week, we’ll...

Duration:00:16:37

Why Roof Overhangs Are Important, Part 1 --BYHYU 173

7/31/2019
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Although you may have thought about the color and material you want for your roof, the typical homeowner puts little thought into the actual design of their roof. And roof overhangs specifically, forget about it. Roof overhangs haven’t even crossed most people’s minds. In this week’s mini-lesson, I’ll tell you why overhangs shouldn’t just be an afterthought. And why almost every new home should include them, where possible. Check out ZTERS.com for all your construction site...

Duration:00:12:49

Perfect Placement For Your Dishwasher—BYHYU 172

7/24/2019
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Where you place your dishwasher can increase or decrease your kitchen’s functionality and flow. And although there is no one exact right place that dishwashers should universally go, this week I have a list of quick tips that you should think about before deciding where to put your dishwasher. If you haven’t heard our Dishwasher Buying Guide Quick Tips, you might want to go to episode 80 and take a listen. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:09:33

Open Shelves… Awesome or Awful?—BYHYU 171

7/17/2019
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In recent years, homeowners have been opting for fewer upper cabinets to give their kitchens a more open, airy feeling. Some people want completely empty walls, maybe with a window, where traditional upper cabinets would have gone. But many homeowners are requesting open shelves, sometimes called floating shelves, in place of some or all of their upper cabinets. People are typically either adamantly for, or adamantly against open shelving in the kitchen. You’d be surprised how much...

Duration:00:09:39

Pocket Doors… Awesome or Awful?—-BYHYU 170

7/10/2019
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I have a couple of pocket of doors planned for my new house and when I was talking to a contractor about them, he said: “I hate pocket doors.” That is not an uncommon statement. Some people love pocket doors because they’re sometimes the only small space door solution available, but pocket doors also have some problems. So let’s talk about the pros and cons of pocket doors and let’s briefly discuss some pocket door quick tips. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:11:46

Custom Home Builders vs Production Home Builders, What’s Better For You?— BYHYU 169

7/3/2019
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One of the first things you’ll have to decide when building a house is whether you want to want to be an owner-builder or use a general contractor for your project. If you are considering building the home yourself, episodes 2 and 7, called “You Can Save Money, Lots of Money, But Should You Build Your Own House?” and “Build Your House Yourself, But Not All By Yourself” will give you some insight on acting as your own general contractor. If, however, you want to use a builder to construct...

Duration:00:15:25

Smart Solution Quick Tip—BYHYU 168

6/26/2019
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Really quick episode this week about something I recently learned about that can make our lives easier, make our homes safer and help us to save on our electricity bills: Smart outlets or smart plugs. They allow you to remotely control and automate the electricity going to that smart outlet or plug. Smart outlets and plugs work pretty much the same way, but smart outlets are built-in and electricians can easily add them to newly built houses. Smart plugs might be a better option for...

Duration:00:06:52

What Barndominium Design Features Should We Include In Our New Homes?— BYHYU 167

6/19/2019
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If like me, you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines, I bet you remember the Barndominium episode. They restored an old barn into a beautiful family home. Although barndominiums have been around for decades, that episode of Fixer Upper and the popularity of modern farmhouse and rustic chic decor have made many homeowners decide to build a barndominium for themselves. They are an alternative to traditional stick-built new homes for homeowners who love a barn...

Duration:00:12:24

Water Filtration Systems—BYHYU 166

6/12/2019
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Last week we talked extensively about water softeners and conditioners. Water softeners and conditioners help to alleviate many hard water problems, including limescale build-up in your plumbing. But water softeners and conditioners are ineffective in removing chemicals and contaminants that can cause less-healthy, bad tasting and foul-smelling water. For those issues, you’ll need a water filtration system. Although city and county water systems typically do a good job of removing harmful...

Duration:00:18:07

How Do You Know If You Have Hard Water in Your Area and What Can You Do About it? Water Softeners vs Water Conditioners— BYHYU 165

6/5/2019
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If your area has hard water, you’ll usually notice. There will probably be whitish, yellowish or grayish deposits on shower heads and faucets and around drains, and sometimes even in toilet bowls. These deposits are called limescale, scale or scaling, and are usually deposits of calcium and/or magnesium. This scaling is a tell-tale sign of hard water. It’s said that about 85% of all households in the US have some degree of hard water. Some of the hardest water in the country is found in...

Duration:00:19:25

BEST OF BYHYU: My Favorite Homebuilding and Design Tips — What I’ve Learned Over the Past 2 years

5/29/2019
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To commemorate our 100th episode, I want to give you some of my favorite homebuilding and design tips that I’ve learned over the past 2 years of this podcast. I’ve learned so much, but these are some of the most relevant things. We’ll go over 50 tips in this week’s mini-lesson, but since this is the 100th episode, it only makes sense that I give you a list of 100 of the most important pieces of homebuilding knowledge. So we’ll go over 50 tips today and I’ll send you 50 more tips and tricks...

Duration:00:24:23