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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.


Choosing the Best Freestanding Tub for Your Style, Budget and Needs—BYHYU 255 17:33 06/22/2022
Furniture Layout and Space Planning— BYHYU 254 21:09 06/01/2022
BEST OF BYHYU: Why Soffits and Fascia Are Important—BYHYU 253 09:55 05/11/2022
Design Trends Spotted at the Spring 2022 High Point Market—-BYHYU 252 10:42 04/27/2022
When Will Supply Chain Issues (And Resulting Increased Wait Times and Prices) End?—BYHYU 251 14:03 04/06/2022
10 Popular Design Features from the 2022 Ft. Worth Dream Street Show Homes—BYHYU 250 11:20 03/16/2022
Smooth vs Textured Walls, Bullnose vs Square Corners, Level 4 vs Level 5 Drywall Finish, What Should You Choose?—BYHYU 249 20:23 03/02/2022
What You Need To Know About Drywall/Sheetrock To Improve Your Home’s Quality and Function—BYHYU 248 21:36 02/09/2022
What’s Trending for 2022 According to Houzz (We’re Talking Trends, Not Fads), Part 2—BYHYU 247 15:37 01/26/2022
What’s Trending for 2022 According to Houzz (We’re Talking Trends, Not Fads), Part 1—BYHYU 246 19:26 01/12/2022
BEST OF BYHYU: Where To Save Versus Splurge When Building a House— BYHYU 245 18:52 12/29/2021
BEST OF BYHYU— Designing A Forever Home— BYHYU 244 12:29 12/15/2021
Aging in Place Features— Universal Design That Will Make Your Home Accessible At Any Age—BYHYU 243 19:56 11/24/2021
Avoid These Open Concept Floor Plan Mistakes— BYHYU 242 11:48 11/03/2021
The Future of Open Concept Floor Plan Homes—BYHYU 241 09:41 10/20/2021
Questions For Your Contractors’ References— Ask Your Contractors’ Previous Clients These Things— BYHYU 240 18:05 10/06/2021
What the Heck Is My Electrician Talking About?! Learn The Basics Of Your Home’s Electrical Service —BYHYU 239 18:20 09/22/2021
Moving On to The Rough-In stage of Construction— BYHYU 238 16:17 09/08/2021
7 Major Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them—BYHYU 237 16:56 08/25/2021
Questions and Answers with Fireplace Professional and Educator Jake Cromwell, Part 2— BYHYU 236 24:02 08/04/2021
Questions and Answers with Fireplace Professional and Educator Jake Cromwell— BYHYU 235 24:45 07/21/2021
Shortages in Homebuilding Materials and What We Can Do During Construction Delays— BYHYU 234 11:15 07/07/2021
Consider These Framing Alternatives In Light of Persistently High Lumber Prices—BYHYU 233 20:32 06/23/2021
Moisture Protection for Stucco, Manufactured Stone and Stone Veneer Exterior Cladding—BYHYU 232 27:22 06/09/2021
Learn from My Construction Challenges—BYHYU 231 16:08 05/26/2021
Decluttering Gradually, Months Before You Move, Part 2— BYHYU 230 17:36 05/12/2021
Decluttering Gradually, Months Before You Move, Part 1— BYHYU 229 16:47 04/28/2021
Make Selections For Your New Home Without Analysis Paralysis and Decision Fatigue—BYHYU 228 17:46 04/14/2021
Who Knew There Was So Much To Consider When Selecting a Toilet?! Part 2— BYHYU 227 18:09 03/31/2021
Who Knew There Was So Much To Consider When Selecting a Toilet ?! Part 1— BYHYU 226 15:57 03/17/2021