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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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Now displaying: June, 2017
Jun 28, 2017

What’s up with house shaming people for wanting a larger house?      That's so judgy.  When researching this post, and just talking to people in general about new houses, I’ve run across tons of derogatory statements about larger houses and people who want to live in them.  House shaming people for living in, or building larger houses, is far more common than house shaming folks who like small houses. 

Just like smaller houses, larger houses have some disadvantages, but there are also advantages to living in a larger house.  My feeling is… to each his own.  If you like a smaller house, cool.  Build a small house.  If you want a larger house, and you have the budget to build it, that’s okay too.   

Last week we talked about the pros of living in a smaller house.  This week, we’ll go over the pros of living in a larger house.  Yes, despite what you’ve heard in the media, there are advantages to living in a larger house.

Shownotes at BYHYU.com

Jun 21, 2017

Small is a relative term.  You might think of a tiny house when you hear someone using the term “small house” or you might think of an 1800 square foot home.  Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there are some definite benefits of building a smaller house.

Show notes at BYHYU.com

Jun 14, 2017

This week we’re talking home automation with Carley Knobloch.  She’s a digital lifestyle expert who serves as a home automation consultant for HGTV and she’s worked on several of HGTV’s Smart Homes.  Carley also talks technology on CNN and the Today Show.  She’ll give us some insight on exactly what home automation is and tell us about some of her favorite technology for the home.

Show notes at www.BYHYU.com

Check out Carley’s blog at www.CarleyK.com

Jun 7, 2017

Most people want a quiet, peaceful home— one without a lot of outside noise and one where sound within one room doesn’t transfer to another room.  Controlling noise involves reducing the movement of sound waves from one place to another. The best way to minimize noise within a room is to combine a number of different sound-blocking and sound-reduction methods.  This week I have 10 quick tips that you can use to help sound proof different areas of your house.

Show notes at www.BYHYU.com

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