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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

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...

Duration:00:20:41

Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical (HVAC) Specifications Overview—Project Update—BYHYU 124

7/11/2018
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I just came back from the Tulsa Parade of Homes. The real estate market in the Tulsa area is pretty underrated. There are beautiful homes and neighborhoods there and I love their parade of homes. This was my third or fourth year going there for the parade. Like always, this parade of homes allowed me to see what features are popular in new construction, at least in that part of the country. But I also saw some features in houses that gave me pause. Features that we should definitively...

Duration:00:17:16

Tulsa Parade of Homes. Here’s What I Saw that You Shouldn’t Put in Your New House— BYHYU 123

6/27/2018
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I just came back from the Tulsa Parade of Homes. The real estate market in the Tulsa area is pretty underrated. There are beautiful homes and neighborhoods there and I love their parade of homes. This was my third or fourth year going there for the parade. Like always, this parade of homes allowed me to see what features are popular in new construction, at least in that part of the country. But I also saw some features in houses that gave me pause. Features that we should...

Duration:00:14:56

How Much Storage Space Should You Include in Your New House? —BYHYU 122

6/20/2018
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How much storage should we build into our new homes? What I read over and over again was that you should include more storage than you think you need for your family’s current and future needs. That ample amount of storage will not only make living in your new house more pleasant but it will also make your house more appealing when it’s time for you to sell it. This week we’ll talk about the one rule of thumb that I came across, plus I’ll tell you about a few storage spaces that some...

Duration:00:08:15

How Should You Pay a General Contractor? Fixed Price versus Cost Plus Contract?—BYHYU 121

6/13/2018
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A couple of weeks ago we talked about the bidding process, mainly as it pertains to owner-builders bidding for subcontractors themselves. This week I’ll give you a quick overview of the different types of contract agreements you might decide on if you ’re going to hire a general contractor to build your house. We’ll briefly discuss fixed price contracts and cost-plus contracts. Choosing which type of contract to use is almost as important as choosing which general contractor to...

Duration:00:10:20

10 Outdoor Kitchen Quick Tips—BYHYU 120

6/6/2018
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An outdoor kitchen is a space that used to be thought of as a luxury but is now regarded more as a must-have amenity in many areas. Even if you only have a small space and a not so big budget, you can put your grill in a small outdoor kitchenette. An outdoor kitchen will increase your home’s value, so it’s a great investment. This week, we’ll discuss some outdoor kitchen design features— some are practical for almost any budget and some are more luxurious. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:10:30

Understanding the Bidding Process—BYHYU 119

5/30/2018
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After last week’s listener question episode about what to do when your bids are coming in above expected, I thought that a more in-depth mini-lesson on the bid process would be helpful. Bids… that’s what we’re talking about this week. Once we have a detailed plan for our project, in the form of accurate architectural drawings/house plans and written specifications, the bid process can begin. Our goal in going through the competitive bid process is not just to get the lowest price for the...

Duration:00:22:52

My Bids Are Coming In Well Above Expected, What Should I Do? Listener Question— BYHYU 118

5/23/2018
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Recently a listener emailed me with a question that I thought would be good to answer on the podcast. It has to do with the bidding process. Getting bids is the process of getting cost proposals from subcontractors. To get an accurate bid, at a minimum, we need to give each subcontractor a set of house plans and specifications. The specifications describe the specific materials needed for the job and the methods for construction. We’ll talk in more detail about the bid process next...

Duration:00:07:15

When Is The Best Time to Build a House? The Answer May Be Different Than You Think— BYHYU 117

5/16/2018
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So when exactly is the best time to build a house? I always assumed it was the spring or summer because that’s when everyone seems to start construction. And depending on what your goals are, spring and summer are the best times. However, fall, and rarely winter, could be a better time to start. Again, depending on your goals. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:09:03

Owner Builder Interview with Juan Catano, Part 2—BYHYU 116

5/9/2018
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This week we have the second part of an owner builder interview that I did with Juan Catano. He and his wife are remodeling their duplex and making it into a triplex. In this part of the interview, Juan tells us what he wishes he had known before he started his project, what surprise costs he ran into and what mistakes he would warn other owner-builders about. Show notes at BYHYU.com info@BYHYU.com

Duration:00:19:25

Owner Builder Interview with Juan Catano, Part 1—BYHYU 115

5/2/2018
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Juan Catano works in industrial construction and is currently remodeling his home. He and his wife are changing their duplex into a triplex and recently, they’ve taken on the role of general contractor. This week, you’ll hear the first part of a 2 part interview that we did. He’ll tell about their experience so far and about some of their challenges. He also shares how he’s finding and managing his subcontractors. Before we get into part 1 of the interview, I want to make sure that...

Duration:00:26:08

If Your Mind Is In the Gutter, Good for You!— BYHYU 114

4/25/2018
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I often see gutter systems on homes, but I was unclear about whether gutters are a necessity or not. So I did a little research and I’ll tell you what I found in this week’s episode. We’ll talk about who needs to add gutters to their house and why, and we’ll briefly cover the basic types of gutter systems and the approximate cost. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:22:39

Who Knew You Needed This Information for the Building Permit!—Project Update— BYHYU 113

4/18/2018
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I thought I could fill out my building permit application in just a few minutes, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have all the information I needed. Learn what information is needed for a building permit application and how I went back and forth with the builder I wanted as my consultant. Show notes at BYHYU.com

Duration:00:13:19

Matte or Glossy Cabinets? It’s Not Just About Looks— BYHYU 112

4/11/2018
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When choosing kitchen and bathroom cabinets, you already know you’ll need to consider material, cabinet sizes, paint or stain colors and style. But what about the cabinet sheen or finish? Have you thought about whether you’ll choose flat, matte cabinets or shiny, high gloss cabinets? No matter what material your cabinets are made of, you have a choice of whether to go with a glossy, matte or semi-gloss finish for the end product. What sheen you should choose for your cabinets initially...

Duration:00:11:12

Consumer Reports’ Tips for Dealing with Contractors— BYHYU 111

4/4/2018
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This week I have a few quick tips for dealing with contractors. These tips come from a 2017 article written in Consumer Reports called “Home Renovations without Aggravation—Learn how to combat shady contractor practices and avoid common and costly mistakes many homeowners make.” Although the article addresses home renovations, most of the information in the article is also relevant for those of us who will be building new homes. That consumer reports article highlights information from...

Duration:00:09:53

Choosing a Kitchen Range, Cooktop or Oven—BYHYU 110

3/28/2018
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The kitchen stove is a visual and functional focal point in many kitchens. And there are several options from which to choose. This week’s mini-lesson will give you an overview of many of those options, including, ranges vs cooktops, plus electric, gas, induction, convection, and dual fuel cooking. This lesson should help you choose the best stove for your new kitchen. We’ll also talk about the very basic differences between cooking with gas versus cooking with electric. Show notes at ...

Duration:00:18:22