We have the conclusion of an interview with Ron Hughes, owner and president of HERS, inc., a home energy rating company. He warns us about installing an oversized HVAC system and tells us more about making our homes more energy efficient and more comfortable.
Today we have the first part of an interview with Ron Hughes of HERS, inc. He’ll tell us how companies like his can help us design and build more energy efficient homes.
Today we’ll explore some concepts of green building and sustainable building with Ben Adam-Smith, host of the podcast, House Planning Help— one of my favorites. We’ll talk about what basic things we should consider if we want to build green.
Having a general idea about permits and inspections decreases some of the stress associated with building a new home. Whenever you educate yourself about the homebuilding process, you take away some of the mystery, some of fear of the unknown and THAT decreases stress. This week’s mini lesson is about permits and inspections, which are definitely not the most exciting parts of the design build process, but they are extremely important. Learn what to expect.
Do you know what things you should consider when choosing your home site? After deciding to BUILD instead of BUY a new home, many people are so focused on the house design and that they give little thought to the LAND on which they will place their future home. But what lot you choose is a major factor in determining how much it will cost you to build AND maintain your home and how much you will ultimately enjoy it.
Today’s episode is for those of you who want to build your house YOURSELF, but not ALL BY YOURSELF. Yes, you could hire a general contractor to build your home, but there are other ways to get help with the building process WITHOUT hiring a builder to manage the entire project.
Today’s episode is a combination of product overviews, mini lessons, and interviews. You’ll hear a couple of clips that I recorded at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Marvin windows and doors tells us about what’s new and trending and we’ll learn about some things that we can do to make our homes stronger from the folks at Simpson Strong tie.
We start the show off with advice that Tom Silva of This Old House has for those of us planning to build our own homes.
Show notes at www.BYHYU.com
We’ll go over 10 home trends that I saw at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
1. Multigenerational Home Design
2. Flexible and Multipurpose Rooms
3. Indoor Outdoor Living
4. Aging in Place Features
5. Energy Efficiency and Green Building
6. Brass is Back!
7. Practical Luxury
8. Optional Formal Living and Dining Rooms
9. Mix and Match, not Matchy Matchy
10. Laundry Rooms Near Bedrooms
Today you’ll hear the second and final part of an interview with structural engineer Phillip Lewis. We’ll learn more about structural engineers and we’ll talk about some things we can do make our homes more structurally sound.
Today we have the first part of an interview that I had with structural engineer Phillip Lewis. We’ll learn more about what a structural engineer does and who might need one.
We talk about one of the main ways you can save money when building your dream home… by being your own general contractor or builder. But CAN you build your own home, are you allowed and SHOULD you? Some pros and cons of being your own builder are outlined. We’ll also discuss some things that owner builders can do to increase their chances of success.
This is the “About Us” and “What’s in for you” episode. The introduction. The first day of school— where you will be told what to expect throughout the year. You’ll find out who should listen to this podcast and why.
In short, know that you will learn about residential construction so you can save money, become an educated consumer and build your dream house, with or without a general contractor. If you put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE you break ground, building your home will be much easier and more enjoyable.
Episodes might include:
-Pro terms— where complex construction jargon is defined and simplified.
-Mini lessons— about home design and building.
-Product reviews— covering tried and true and cutting edge building materials.
-Interviews— with owner builders and industry experts.