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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home

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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10 Outdoor Kitchen Quick Tips—BYHYU 120 10:31 Jun, 6, 2018
Understanding the Bidding Process—BYHYU 119 22:53 May, 30, 2018
My Bids Are Coming In Well Above Expected, What Should I Do? Listener Question— BYHYU 118 07:16 May, 23, 2018
When Is The Best Time to Build a House? The Answer May Be Different Than You Think— BYHYU 117 09:04 May, 16, 2018
Owner Builder Interview with Juan Catano, Part 2—BYHYU 116 19:26 May, 9, 2018
Owner Builder Interview with Juan Catano, Part 1—BYHYU 115 26:09 May, 2, 2018
If Your Mind Is In the Gutter, Good for You!— BYHYU 114 22:40 Apr, 25, 2018
Who Knew You Needed This Information for the Building Permit!—Project Update— BYHYU 113 13:21 Apr, 18, 2018
Matte or Glossy Cabinets? It’s Not Just About Looks— BYHYU 112 11:13 Apr, 11, 2018
Consumer Reports’ Tips for Dealing with Contractors— BYHYU 111 09:54 Apr, 4, 2018
Choosing a Kitchen Range, Cooktop or Oven—BYHYU 110 18:24 Mar, 28, 2018
Crown Molding, Baseboards and Other Interior Trim and Molding—BYHYU 109 19:31 Mar, 21, 2018
Project Update— Foundation Plan Completed (or so I thought)--BYHYU 108 10:45 Mar, 14, 2018
How Much Does It Cost To Build A House? —BYHYU 107 10:30 Mar, 7, 2018
My Framing Lumber is Getting Soaked by Rain! Is That Okay?— BYHYU106 10:41 Feb, 28, 2018
Pros and Cons of Different Deck, Porch and Patio Materials (Natural Stone, Concrete Pavers, Poured Concrete, Tile, Brick, Wood Composite, And Wood)—BYHYU 105 11:52 Feb, 21, 2018
7 House Design Layout Mistakes to Avoid—BYHYU 104 07:16 Feb, 14, 2018
Lighting 101—Recessed lights, LEDs, and More—BYHYU 103 23:44 Feb, 7, 2018
Project Update— I Contacted the Building Inspector—BYHYU 102 06:08 Jan, 31, 2018
Hot Home Trends 2018— Lessons Learned at Design and Construction Week —BYHYU 101 10:53 Jan, 24, 2018
My Favorite Homebuilding and Design Tips— What I’ve Learned Over the Past 2 years— BYHYU 100 23:21 Jan, 17, 2018
Solar Power/Solar Panels 101—BYHYU 099 25:28 Jan, 10, 2018
Refrigerators 101—BYHYU 098 12:50 Dec, 27, 2017
Quick Tips For Designing Your House For the Holidays— BYHYU 097 07:02 Dec, 20, 2017
Closets 101 — BYHYU 096 20:05 Dec, 13, 2017
Project Update— Windows and Second Opinions— BYHYU 095 06:49 Dec, 6, 2017
16 Effective Tips For Finding and Hiring a Good Subcontractor—BYHYU 094 12:18 Nov, 22, 2017
Where To Save Versus Splurge When Building a House—BYHYU 093 17:17 Nov, 15, 2017
Choosing A Clothes Dryer and Preventing Dryer Fires— BYHYU 092 14:33 Nov, 8, 2017
Front Load Washers versus Top Load Washers— Washing Machines 101—BYHYU 091 17:34 Nov, 1, 2017
Big Name Builder Charges Homeowner $800,000 Fee, then Hires Newly Licensed Contractor To Do the Work! (Allegedly)— BYHYU 090 24:49 Oct, 25, 2017
Affordable Interior Design with Betsy Helmuth BYHYU 089 23:28 Oct, 11, 2017
Home Generators 101—BYHYU 088 10:33 Oct, 4, 2017
Project Update— What’s Up With Those House Plans?—BYHYU 087 12:04 Sep, 27, 2017
Fireplaces 101— Pros and Cons of Wood burning, Gas, Electric and Alcohol/Ethanol Fireplaces— BYHYU 086 13:14 Sep, 20, 2017
Swimming Pools, Part 2—Should You Go With Chlorine, Saltwater or Ultraviolet Light Pool Sanitation? — BYHYU 085 10:40 Sep, 13, 2017
Swimming Pools, Part 1—Should You Go With Vinyl, Fiberglass or Concrete (Gunite/Shotcrete)?—BYHYU 084 18:21 Sep, 6, 2017
Carpeting 101—Judging Carpet Quality and Durability—BYHYU 083 10:40 Aug, 30, 2017
Choosing the Perfect Roof Color—Part 2—BYHYU 082 16:24 Aug, 23, 2017
Choosing the Perfect Roof Color—Part 1—BYHYU 081 22:02 Aug, 16, 2017
Dishwasher Buying Guide Quick Tips—BYHYU 080 11:46 Aug, 9, 2017
My House Plans--Back To The Drawing Board (Literally!)--BYHYU 079 08:44 Aug, 2, 2017
9 Unusual Questions You Should Ask Potential Builders--BYHYU 078 14:18 Jul, 26, 2017
Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink—There’s More To It Than You Might Think—BYHYU 077 20:45 Jul, 12, 2017
Faucets 101--Spouting off about mixing metals and quality fixtures — BYHYU 076 09:26 Jul, 5, 2017
Why You Gotta Call My House a McMansion?! 10 Reasons a Larger House Might Be Right for You— BYHYU 075 09:05 Jun, 28, 2017
10 Reasons To Build a Smaller House—BYHYU 074 06:03 Jun, 21, 2017
HGTV’s Carley Knobloch talks Home Automation—BYHYU 073 23:09 Jun, 14, 2017
Shhhh…Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet. Soundproofing 101— BYHYU 072 07:12 Jun, 7, 2017
Before You Meet With Your Architect or House Designer... BYHYU 071 19:34 May, 31, 2017
Designing a Pet Friendly House—BYHYU 070 08:30 May, 24, 2017
Slab, Crawlspace or Basement? Do You Know What Type of Foundation to Choose—BYHYU 069 15:51 May, 17, 2017
Designing A Forever House—BYHYU 068 11:41 May, 10, 2017
Designing the Perfect Shower—BYHYU 067 11:26 May, 3, 2017
Wood Look Tile — BYHYU 066 18:18 Apr, 26, 2017
Luxury Vinyl Flooring that Looks Exactly Like Hardwood. Learn Why LVF is the Fastest Growing Flooring Segment— BYHYU 065 18:00 Apr, 12, 2017
Kitchen Islands: Storage and Organization Quick Tips— BYHYU 064 09:49 Apr, 5, 2017
What exactly is Green Building and What Are The Benefits for Homeowners?—BYHYU 063 21:45 Mar, 29, 2017
You Should Be A Big Fan of This Bathroom Accessory— BYHYU 062 08:29 Mar, 22, 2017
Never Scrub Your Grout Again! Request This Type of Easy to Clean, Stain Resistant Grout— BYHYU 061 04:19 Mar, 15, 2017
How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal— Part 2— BYHYU 060 18:37 Mar, 8, 2017
How To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal— Part 1— BYHYU 059 14:10 Mar, 1, 2017
How To Create WOW FACTOR In Your Home— BYHYU 058 14:52 Feb, 22, 2017
Choose these things for quiet, high quality, long lasting plumbing— BYHYU 057 15:59 Feb, 15, 2017
Which Should You Choose—Big box store or Plumbing Wholesale Supplier? Old School or New School Plumber? Brand Name or Off Brand Fixtures—BYHYU 056 17:08 Feb, 8, 2017
Hot Home Trends 2017— Lessons Learned at Design and Construction Week (IBS/KBIS 2017)— BYHYU 055 18:46 Feb, 1, 2017
Advice from HGTV’s Chip Wade and other Highlights from the International Builders Show (IBS) and Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2017— BYHYU 054 23:46 Jan, 26, 2017
Should You BUY an Existing House or BUILD a New House?—BYHYU 053 19:07 Jan, 18, 2017
See What Your House Will Look Like BEFORE You Build It— Get A 3D Rendering from Viz Source —BYHYU 052 19:48 Jan, 11, 2017
Paint and Painting Tips— BYHYU 051 19:04 Jan, 4, 2017
Having Your House Painted--What Should You Look For, Ask For and Expect ? — BYHYU 050 21:54 Dec, 28, 2016
Building in the US versus Building in the UK with Ben-Adam Smith—BYHYU 049 28:33 Dec, 21, 2016
20 New House Must Haves— Design Features that Homeowners Most Often Request in New Homes—BYHYU 048 15:48 Dec, 14, 2016
How Will You Pay for the Construction of Your Dream Home? Construction Loans 101—BYHYU 047 18:11 Dec, 7, 2016
Save Money, Energy and Time by Building a Tight House Using the Zip System— BYHYU 046 14:53 Nov, 30, 2016
What exactly is a Zero Energy/Net Zero House? BYHYU 045 17:59 Nov, 23, 2016
What exactly is a heat pump? — BYHYU 044 17:59 Nov, 16, 2016
14 Unexpected Features to include in your Family Foyer— The Mudroom— BYHYU 043 15:35 Nov, 9, 2016
Windows 102 — What makes a window energy efficient? —BYHYU 042 19:00 Nov, 2, 2016
Windows 101—Time to go window shopping. BYHYU 041 20:01 Oct, 26, 2016
Test and Review what you learned in episodes 21-39 with this SEMESTER EXAM—BYHYU 040 22:50 Oct, 19, 2016
Practical luxury for your master bath that's totally worth the splurge: Heated master bathroom floors and Toilet seat bidets— BYHYU 039 14:22 Oct, 12, 2016
Are you sure that wood, stick built construction is the best choice for your new home?—BYHYU 038 20:38 Oct, 5, 2016
Hot Trends in Home Appliances, Part 2— Dishwashers, Washers and Dryers and Luxury Appliances—BYHYU 037 23:53 Sep, 28, 2016
A Fridge with a built-in Keurig coffee maker??!!  Learn about that and other kitchen appliance trends-- Part 1-- BYHYU 036 29:37 Sep, 21, 2016
Hardwood flooring 102— BYHYU 035 18:59 Sep, 14, 2016
Hardwood Floors 101-- Stop the squeaks before they even start--BYHYU 034 23:00 Sep, 7, 2016
Kitchen Countertops 101— Your 11 (that’s right, ELEVEN) most common countertop choices — BYHYU 033 18:43 Aug, 31, 2016
Hot Water Heaters 101— Learn about the Pros and Cons of Conventional and Tankless Water Heaters— BYHYU 032 18:09 Aug, 24, 2016
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)— Framing and Insulation all in one— BYHYU 031 19:06 Aug, 17, 2016
Spray Foam Insulation and Rigid Foam Insulation—BYHYU 030 17:17 Aug, 10, 2016
Do you know what insulation can lose up to half its R value in cold temperatures?—BYHYU 029 11:53 Aug, 3, 2016
You’ve heard of Fiberglass Insulation, but do you know about the other types of Blanket Insulation?— BYHYU 028 14:31 Jul, 27, 2016
Insulation 101. Other than the walls, what part of your house should be insulated?— BYHYU 027 18:58 Jul, 20, 2016
Kitchen Cabinets 101—BYHYU 026 21:05 Jul, 13, 2016
8 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid — BYHYU 025 19:36 Jul, 6, 2016
Do you know the pros and cons of brick, wood, wood alternatives (such as Hardie plank), stucco and stone?—BYHYU 024 20:45 Jun, 29, 2016
Big lessons we can learn from the tiny house movement— BYHYU 023 19:29 Jun, 22, 2016
What subcontractors do I need to hire to build my new home and how should I manage them?— BYHYU 022 22:04 Jun, 15, 2016
Is it "ROOFS" or "ROOVES"? This mini lesson is completely over our heads—BYHYU 021 19:34 Jun, 8, 2016
Test your home building knowledge with this SEMESTER EXAM—BYHYU 020 26:12 Jun, 1, 2016
Owner Builder Interview with Chris and Shacuna Jones, Part 2— BYHYU 019 22:10 May, 25, 2016
Owner Builder Interview with Chris and Shacuna Jones, Part 1--BYHYU 018 22:55 May, 18, 2016
Size matters…but so does DESIGN. 20 design and construction features that can save you money when building your new house—BYHYU 017 23:02 May, 11, 2016
It's called "advanced," so I should do it, right? Learn about the pros and cons of advanced framing — BYHYU 016 19:51 May, 4, 2016
Size matters… but so does CLIMATE. Building a house for a hot or cold climate— BYHYU 015 17:38 Apr, 27, 2016
What homeowners would do differently if they built again - advice from those who have already built a custom home--BYHYU 014 24:42 Apr, 20, 2016
How long does it take to build a house? What Happens and When? A Construction Overview and Timeline | BYHYU 013 17:46 Apr, 6, 2016
Energy Efficiency—Designing, Inspecting and Testing for it, Part 2—BYHYU 012 29:16 Mar, 30, 2016
Energy Efficiency—Designing, Inspecting and Testing for it, Part 1—BYHYU 011 19:24 Mar, 23, 2016
Ben Adam-Smith of the House Planning Help Podcast tells us the basics of Green Building and Energy Efficiency— BYHYU 010 26:22 Mar, 16, 2016
Building Permits and Inspections: Do you know what to expect?— BYHYU 009 17:30 Mar, 9, 2016
Choosing a lot - Consider these things when selecting a home for your home - BYHYU 008 16:06 Mar, 2, 2016
Build Your House Yourself, but not ALL BY YOURSELF— BYHYU 007 17:48 Feb, 24, 2016
Advice From Tom Silva of This Old House, Marvin Windows and Doors, and Simpson Strong Tie-- BYHYU 006 19:04 Feb, 17, 2016
Home Trends 2016 - Lessons Learned at the International Builders Show-- BYHYU 005 20:00 Feb, 10, 2016
Do You Need A Structural Engineer? Part 2-- BYHYU 004 20:56 Feb, 3, 2016
Do you need a structural engineer? Part 1--BYHYU 003 21:12 Jan, 27, 2016
You could save money… lots of money, but should you build your own home?--BYHYU 002 19:15 Jan, 20, 2016
About Us And What's In It For You. Welcome to BYHYU--BYHYU 001 07:50 Jan, 13, 2016