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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, ev ...
 
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How 2 Build Green: The Sustainability Podcast
 
The How 2 Build Green Podcast is a sustainable lifestyle podcast. Focusing on how we live in not only our homes and buildings but how we interact with the planet. We are accelerating change in the way we live and the way we consume the Earth's resources. This is also designed to give you specific how to information that you can integrate in your own life. Some might be thinking about building their own home, becoming a sustainable building contractor, or just living a more organic and free l ...
 
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This week we’ll learn some interior design basics, especially as it pertains to new and remodeled homes. You’ll hear my conversation with Betsy Helmuth, owner of Affordable Interior Design and host of her own interior design podcast called Big Design, Small Budget. It’s one of my new favorites. I just love it and here’s why: In the same way thi ...…
 
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I recently got a request from a listener named Don. He asked me to discuss home generators. On the heels of so many storms that have affected the United States and the Caribbean, we definitely need to at least consider installing a home generator. They can provide power during the outages that often accompany major storms. Thank you, Don, for a ...…
 
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So this week I have a project update. I told you about the trouble that I had getting my house plan started a few weeks ago in BYHYU 079-- My House Plans-- Back To The Drawing Board (Literally!) But now, I have a good report. I’ll tell you about the treasures that I’ve found since recording that episode, including a markup tool that I used to t ...…
 
You’ve probably dreamed of having a fireplace in your living room, master bedroom, outdoor living space or even your master bathroom. Fireplaces these days are far more than a practical source of heat. That’s why people not only in Vermont and Michigan want them, but those building homes in California, Texas and even Las Vegas plan to have fire ...…
 
Last week we talked about the pros of cons of the different types of pool construction. After you decide what type of pool structure you want, you’ll have to decide want type of sanitization system you’ll use to keep your pool free of bacteria, viruses, and algae. The most common systems are chlorine, saltwater, and ultraviolet light. We’ll bri ...…
 
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This week’s episode will give you the pros and cons of different types swimming pools in hopes of helping you decide whether your dream house should even include a swimming pool, and if so, what kind. We’ll compare vinyl, fiberglass and concrete pools this week and next week we’ll talk about sanitation systems, including chlorine, salt water, a ...…
 
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Even if, like me, you want hardwood, tile and/or vinyl flooring throughout most of your house, many of us love the warmth, style and soft surface that carpet provides, especially in bedrooms. Carpeting also muffles sound, so it can be especially practical in kids bedrooms or playrooms. This week’s episode will give you a better understanding ho ...…
 
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This week we have the final part of my interview with Sue Burkett of Owens Corning. She’s educating us about how we can make a statement with roof color using Owens Corning roof shingles. If you think of the front of your house like a face, then the roof is like hair. And roof color, like hair color, can drastically alter the overall appearance ...…
 
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Too often we think of our home’s roof as only a structural element, when, in fact, choosing roofing that’s also stylish and unique is a great opportunity to make your house stand out from others in the neighborhood. On average, a roof accounts for 40% of the home’s exterior appearance. So choosing the perfect roof color is vitally important in ...…
 
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This week we're talking about dishwashers. We’ll cover some of the newest and most popular options that you’ll have to choose from when selecting a new dishwasher. Since most of our homes already had a dishwasher installed when we bought them, many of us have never had to shop for a dishwasher. I’m hoping these 12 quick tips will help you narro ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
Welcome to episode 79 of Build House Yourself University—BYHYU. I’m Michelle Nelson, your host and fellow student, and together we’ll learn the basics of home design and construction and demystify the building process, so we ask the right questions and build quality dream homes, with or without a general contractor. This week I’ll give you the ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
If you’ve decided to hire a builder to be a general contractor, site supervisor, or even a consultant for the construction of your new house, there are a whole slew of questions that you’ll want to ask him before you commit to working with him. There’s the basic list of questions that you’ve probably heard before. These are questions that most ...…
 
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I know what you’re thinking… Really, Michelle? A full mini lesson on kitchen sinks? White or stainless steel. What else is there to think about? What’s the big deal? Well, even if, like me, you don’t cook most days of the week, you do probably use your kitchen sink every single day, and probably several times a day. The kitchen sink is one the ...…
 
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Learning about kitchen faucets probably won’t be the most exciting thing you do today, but it’s important that we get a basic understanding of the features we should be looking for. Because we use our kitchen and bathroom faucets so often, we’ll want to choose those that will last for a really long time without problems and that work with our h ...…
 
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 com ...…
 
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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
 
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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 ...…
 
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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-red ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
This week I have a meeting with a house designer. So in this episode, we’ll talk about what you and I should do to prepare for those initial design meetings. What documents and information we’ll need for those meetings to be less time consuming and more successful. Now I’m not going to talk a lot about how to choose a designer or architect. If ...…
 
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Together we’ll learn the basics of home design and construction and demystify the building process, so we communicate with designers, contractors, and suppliers more effectively and build quality dream homes, with or without a general contractor. Most people think of their pets as members of the family. So, it only makes sense to consider them ...…
 
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In cold, northern states of the US, most homeowners really don’t have much choice of what type of foundation their house will have. Most cold climate foundations are basements. That’s because of the footing, which is the lowest part of the house, right beneath the foundation, has to be placed below the frost line. If you live in a moderate or w ...…
 
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The house that my husband are planning to build will be our forever home— the first and last house that we’ll ever build. At least that’s the plan. Eventually, everyone of us will either rent, buy or build our last home- the one that we’ll will grow older in. The one where our adult children and grandchildren will spend holidays. This week’s qu ...…
 
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How 2 Build Green: The Sustainability Podcast
 
We discuss greywater systems. These systems make huge contributions toward water conservation. A greywater system is the perfect fit for your eco home! Self sustainable living, eco house design, green home design, building a house checklist, greywater systems, residential greywater systems, greywater definition, greywater treatment, greywater r ...…
 
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This morning, when I was on my knees scrubbing my small, framed, fiberglass shower stall, I thought to myself, “What would I do to make this shower better? How would I design the perfect shower?” One that would be a pleasure to use everyday and one that would be easy to clean and maintain. In this week’s episode, I’ll share with you some of the ...…
 
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Solid hardwood floors are on the wish list of most people that I know who are planning to build a home. Wood floors are warm and welcoming, but they’re also expensive and they don’t hold up well to moisture and humidity, pets, rowdy children and heavy foot traffic. Fortunately, wood flooring alternatives have now entered the residential market ...…
 
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We discuss earthen floors and some very cool diy products. These are some of the most awesome floors for your eco home! Self sustainable living, eco house design, green home design, building a house checklist
 
Listen, I know what you’re thinking when I say vinyl flooring…inexpensive, unattractive linoleum-like floors. Not something that you would consider worthy of a new, custom built home. I used to think the same thing. I always assumed that I would definitely put hardwood flooring in my dream house. But now I’m not entirely sure. I’ve seen more an ...…
 
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Kitchen islands. They’re one the most requested kitchen features in new homes. This week’s quick tips will cover how to best organize your kitchen island and what type of island storage might work well for you and your family. You should customize your kitchen island to reflect your habits, needs, and desires. Show notes at BYHYU.com…
 
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Lots of people like the idea of building green, or a least a greener. But, although the term green building is often used, many of us are not quite sure exactly what green building is, or where to go to get easy to understand information about green building options. This week we have an interview that will help explain what green building is a ...…
 
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Have you ever gotten out of the shower, dried off and just had to get out of the bathroom for a few minutes because it was so hot, humid and uncomfortable? I mean, you can’t get dressed when you’re hot like that. You know what could help minimize that problem? A powerful, bathroom exhaust fan. Powerful, but quiet, because if the fan is annoying ...…
 
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One of my least favorite household chores is cleaning grout. But I recently learned about a type of grout that stays beautiful and virtually stain free for years. You heard me right… years. Take a listen to this quick tip that will help save you time, energy and effort in cleaning your bathrooms and floors. Show notes at BYHYU.com…
 
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Jerome Osentowski and I discuss a greenhouse system called the Climate Battery. This is very simple greenhouse design or diy greenhouse. This system takes hot air in a greenhouse and stores it underground in inexpensive foundation pipes. And during the night when cold temperatures set in, it releases the warm air via small fans back into the gr ...…
 
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This week we’ll talk about the second half of our list of things you can include to increase your home’s curb appeal. Last week we talked about the first part of the list. It included: 1. Combining contrasting, but coordinating colors 2. Adding Dimension 3. Making a Statement with Your Front Door 4. Selecting Unique Address Numbers 5. Adding Li ...…
 
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Last week, we talked about creating wow factor on the inside of your home. This week we’ll delve into what we can do to our home’s exterior to add curb appeal. Now remember, you shouldn’t include features in, on or around your home to just impress others. Instead, design a home that inspires you and your family and build one that you’re proud o ...…
 
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How 2 Build Green: The Sustainability Podcast
 
In this episode with Ian Woofenden of Home Power Magazine, we discuss off grid home design as it relates to renewable energy. And we discuss the motivations for living in an off grid home. Topics include: Off grid home design Solar / Photovoltaic systems Solar hot water systems Wind energy Hydro systems Biomass Living green Passive house plans ...…
 
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Even if you want a simple home, without over-the-top features, adding surprising, or unique elements will make your home more interesting and distinctive. All homes should have some degree of the wow factor. Things that make your house different from your neighbors’. So, in this week’s mini-lesson, we’ll cover a list potential wow factor featur ...…
 
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Pipes and plumbing fixtures are found everywhere in a new house. Pipes run out of the house, under the house, within walls of the house, and finally arrive at many different fixtures, like sinks, toilets and tubs. Some pipes carry water and others carry gas. Pipes are made different materials, either metal and plastic, and each material has its ...…
 
Because your home’s plumbing is used every day, several times a day, you want to make sure that you get quality products and materials and that those materials are installed by a reliable plumber. This week’s mini-lesson help you give you a basic overview of your home’s plumbing system and it will give you some advice on what type of plumber an ...…
 
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This week, I’ll tell you about the home design trends that I saw a couple of weeks ago at Design and Construction week in Orlando. In preparing for this episode, I reviewed episode 5, called Home Trends 2016. All the design features that I mentioned last year are still relevant in 2017, so talk a listen to episode 5 to hear what those features ...…
 
This week you’ll hear from HGTV star Chip Wade. He tells us what 3 things he suggests homeowners include in their new homes. We’ll also hear from some exhibitors (Armstrong Flooring, Feeney Inc, Phantom Screens, True Residential, and Rangecraft) who showed off their products at the combined International Builders Show and Kitchen and Bath Indus ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
If you decide you want move to another house, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to buy an existing house or build a new one. Each option has advantages and disadvantages. Today’s mini lesson will explore the pros and cons of buying a house versus building a house. We’ll also talk about building allowances. Show notes at ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
If you’re anything like me, you like to actually see what you’re getting before you pay for it. But, what do you do when you’re building a house? I know you’ll have blue prints, but for some of us blue prints are difficult to read and visualize. For some reason, my brain has trouble translating blue prints into a good mental image. Wouldn’t it ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
Many DIYers have successfully painted their new homes inside and out. But it’s hard work and it takes some skill. Before you decide to do the painting in your brand new home, consider the painting projects that you’ve done in the past? How did they turn out? Was the trim smooth, without excess caulk? Were the walls uniform and free of debris an ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
Painting is one of the tasks that many DIY’ers tend to take on when building or remodeling a house. Doing it yourself can save you thousands of dollars in labor costs, but it will also take you quite a bit a time. And unless you have significant painting experience, your results will probably be less attractive than the results that you would g ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
This week we're airing an interview that I did with Ben-Adam Smith for his podcast, House Planning Help. We talked about the BYHYU podcast and about building in the United States versus building in the United Kingdom. Show notes at BYHYU.com https://www.facebook.com/BYHYU/
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
This week we have a list of features that many homeowners are requesting in new homes that they’re buying or building. This is according to an article in Professional Builder magazine where builders, architects, designers and other industry experts were asked about must-have features that today’s homeowners want. Take a listen and see how many ...…
 
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Hey BYHYU. Welcome to Build House Yourself University. I’m Michelle Nelson, your host and fellow student, and together we’ll learn the basics of home design and construction and demystify the building process, so we can build our dream homes, with or without a general contractor. Most people don’t have the means to pay cash for the construction ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
Together we’ll learn the basics of home design and construction and demystify the building process, so we can get the biggest bang for our buck and build our dream homes, with or without a general contractor. “Build tight and ventilate right.” That’s a mantra that I’ve heard since I started educating myself about home design and construction. A ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
We’ve made it to episode 45 of Build House Yourself University (BYHYU). I’m Michelle Nelson, your host and fellow student, and together we’ll learn the basics of home design and construction and demystify the building process, so you can build your dream home, with or without a general contractor. So, what exactly is a Zero Energy Home? To quot ...…
 
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Build Your House Yourself University: Listen, Learn, Build Your Own Home
 
Deciding whether to choose a heat pump or a standard heating system and air conditioner for your new home will significantly affect your family’s comfort and your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to be an informed consumer. Today’s mini lesson will give you a good foundation for understanding heat pumps, including the commonly used a ...…
 
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