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Build Your House Yourself University

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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Mar 30, 2016

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.

 

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Mar 23, 2016

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.

 

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Mar 16, 2016

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.

 

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Mar 9, 2016

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.

 

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Mar 2, 2016

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.

 

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Feb 24, 2016

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.

 

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Feb 17, 2016

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.

 

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www.safestronghome.com/highwind/02.asp.

Feb 10, 2016

We’ll go over 10 home trends that I saw at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. 

They include:

  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

 

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Feb 3, 2016

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.

 

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Jan 27, 2016

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.

 

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Jan 20, 2016

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.

 

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Jan 13, 2016

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.

 

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